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Haley Lu Richardson On A Roll With “White Lotus” And “Montana Story”

On a break from shooting the second season of the critically acclaimed HBO series The White Lotus in Italy, rising star Haley Lu Richardson is at a seaside hotel overlooking a harbor filled with small, colorful boats bobbing along on the waves.

Phoenix-native Richardson, best known for her guest-starring role as queen bee Tess on the supernatural teen drama series Ravenswood and more recently the indie female buddy dramedy Unpregnant, now stars as a young woman overcoming trauma and finding forgiveness in the drama Montana Story.

As Erin, she returns to her estranged father’s Montana ranch as he lies in a coma following a stroke. There, she uncomfortably reunites with her younger half-brother, Cal (Owen Teague) whom she also hasn’t seen in seven years after she ran away from home as a teenager.

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Haley Lu Richardson: “I’ve retired from playing teenagers”

The 27-year-old star of Edge of Seventeen, Columbus and Unpregnant is growing up with indie Montana Story and a role in the next season of The White Lotus

In the last half decade, Haley Lu Richardson has amassed an impressive variety of roles, from slapstick comedies and indie dramas, united in their striking naturalism.

As the popular best friend to Hailee Steinfeld’s misanthrope in teen comedy Edge of Seventeen, a star-crossed lover with cystic fibrosis in Five Feet Apart and an architecture nerd who befriends a grieving older man in Kogonada’s critically acclaimed Columbus, the 27-year-old American actor’s warmth consistently elevates what could be flat or derivative characters into full-blooded people. She is remarkably good at the more casual, throwaway aspects of life that often translate poorly to screen – Googling Planned Parenthood in Unpregnant, shooting a glance in the memories of a techno-sapien robot in After Yang or, in the case of her new film Montana Story, calling an Uber to her father’s ranch in Big Sky country.

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‘White Lotus’ Season 2 Adds F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hollander, Adam DiMarco, Haley Lu Richardson

“The White Lotus” has added four new cast members for its upcoming Season 2 at HBO, Variety has learned.

F. Murray Abraham (“Amadeus,” “Homeland,”), Tom Hollander (“The Night Manager,” “Pirates of the Carribean” franchise), Adam DiMarco (“The Order,” “The Magicians,” and Haley Lu Richardson (“Split,” ” The Edge of Seventeen”) have all joined the second season of the critically-acclaimed dark comedy.

The quartet joins previously announced Season 2 cast members Michael Imperioli and Aubrey Plaza. It was also previously reported that Season 1 star Jennifer Coolidge will return for Season 2, but HBO has yet to officially confirm that. While Season 1 took place in Hawaii, the new season will take place at an entirely new location.

F. Murray Abraham will appear Bert Di Grasso, an elderly man traveling with his son (Imperioli) and grandson (DiMarco). DiMarco will play Albie Di Grasso, a recent college graduate. Hollander will play Quentin, an English expat vacationing with his friends and his nephew. Richardson stars as Portia, a young woman traveling with her boss. All four are series regulars.

“The White Lotus” was created by Mike White, who serves as writer, director, and executive producer on the series. David Bernad and Mark Karmine also executive produce. The show received strong critical acclaim upon its release back in July, with Coolidge in particular drawing praise for her role as the grieving Tanya McQuoid.

Abraham is repped by Innovative Artists and Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell and Vasallo. DiMarco is repped by The Characters Talent Agency and Canopy Media Partners. Hollander is repped by Anonymous Content and United Agents. Richardson is repped by Wolf Kasteler, 3Arts, Gersh, and Sloane Offer.

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