Haley Lu Richardson biography

The Edge of Seventeen

Haley Lu Richardson

Date of Birth: March 7, 1995

Haley Lu Richardson was a driven child. Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, she started doing gymnastics at a young age, then moved on to dance by the age of eight. She spent almost ten years as a competitive dancer, during which time she also played roles in community theater. By the time she was 16, she was so anxious to begin a professional career that she dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles. She earned her high school diploma online.

One of Haley's first onscreen gigs came in a music video for Mexican artist Kevin Ortiz, as well as a role as a dancer and choreographer on an episode of the TV series Up in Arms. She was cast as a principal dancer on the video game Just Dance: Disney Party and would work for Disney again in 2013, playing a dancer on a 2013 episode of the Disney Channel TV series Shake It Up!, which starred Bella Thorne and Zendaya. She managed to also land a couple of roles in which she didn't have to rely on her dance ability, in the TV movies Christmas Twister, Adopted and Escape from Polygamy.

In 2013 her career had a boost when she was cast in a recurring role in the Pretty Little Liars spinoff Ravenswood, playing Tess Hamilton.

In 2014, Haley starred in her first feature film, called The Last Survivors, and followed that up with a part in an episode of the series Mortal Kombat X: Generations.

In the Sundance hit The Bronze , Haley played an up-and-coming star gymnast who gets a former Olympic medal-winning gymnast (Melissa Rauch) as her coach.

In 2015, she went back to TV for an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and six episodes of Recovery Road in 2016.

Also in 2016, Haley was cast as Hailee Steinfeld's best friend in the high school-based comedy feature film The Edge of Seventeen . The movie, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, also stars Blake Jenner, Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick. While working on the film, Haley was also shooting a role in M. Night Shyamalan's new thriller Split , which meant she had to fly back and forth from Vancouver to Philadelphia.

Haley is in a long-term relationship with actor Brett Dier, whom she met in 2013 when they both played roles on Ravenswood.

Haley Lu Richardson Filmography


The Edge of Seventeen

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  103 min.
Release Date: November 18, 2016
DVD: February 14, 2017
Blu-ray: February 14, 2017
Netflix: June 8, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.77
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Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Hayden Szeto