Haley Lu Richardson biography
Five Feet Apart
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.