Five Feet Apart   Gallery Updates   Public Appearances
written by Elise   |   June 18, 2019

Back on Saturday (June 15), Haley Lu and fiancé Brett Dier attended the 2019 MTV Movie And TV Awards held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. She was nominated for the Breakthrough Performance Award for her work in Five Feet Apart but the award went to Noah Centineo. High-quality images have been added to our gallery.

Public Appearances > 2019 > June 15: 2019 MTV Movie And TV Awards [+98]
Five Feet Apart   Gallery Updates   Photoshoots & Portraits
written by Elise   |   April 9, 2019

W Mag — Haley Lu Richardson has just one request for our interview: no spoilers from last night’s episode of The Bachelor. ”Don’t tell me about yesterday!” she says as the topic of Tuesday night’s finale comes up. “We did The View this morning and before we went on, I was backstage and I heard them say, ‘He had to say goodbye to two girls.’ But I still want to watch what happens.” (For the record, Richardson was pulling for Hannah G: “She was pretty and she was sweet and I thought they would go really well together.”)

The actress had missed Monday night’s episode for good reason—she had just arrived in New York City for a full day of press to promote her new film Five Feet Apart. It was only 2 p.m. in the afternoon, Richardson had already appeared on both The View and Good Morning America, and following our interview and photo shoot, was off to AOL. That means a lot of chatting, and, thus, no reality TV breaks. Not that Richardson minds. “I like talking,” she said. “Who am I kidding? I’m an only child.


Richardson has been dating fellow actor Brett Dier for “over five years,” she said, after more quick mental math. “We met on this ABC Family show called Ravenswood, which was a spinoff of Pretty Little Liars that failed,” she said. “But it’s okay because we got to be in New Orleans for a few months, and we met.” It’s also through Dier, inadvertently, that Richardson landed her latest role in Five Feet Apart, which opens in theaters tomorrow.

Photoshoots & Portraits > 2019 > Session 03 [+03]

The film, which centers around two teens with cystic fibrosis who fall in love (played by Richardson and Cole Sprouse), was directed by Justin Baldoni, Dier’s Jane the Virgin co-star, who immediately honed in on Richardson as his female lead. “Justin told me three years ago when he first made this movie, ‘I’m going to make this movie and you’re going to play the lead.’ And I was just like, ‘’kay,’” the actress recounted. ‘Then I’d hear that they were meeting with studios and they wanted, like, Selena Gomez to play the lead—I think they just wanted famous people. When I finally actually got the script, I read it and I connected to the story and what this girl is going through.” Still, she was hesitant to seriously consider taking the role, especially coming just off of Columbus. “The place where I was at personally and creatively in my mind, I was excited about doing super simple, grounded projects.
She eventually met Baldoni for lunch on the set of Jane the Virgin, where together they pored over the script. Ultimately, Baldoni got his initial wish, with Richardson signing on to play Stella, the lead. In addition to the story itself, Richardson was particularly drawn to the director’s openness to collaboration on set. “When I met Cole, he, Justin, and I were really on the same page,” she said. “There was a lot of riffing and making things as grounded or lived in as possible within that magical world.
To prepare for the role as a teenager with cystic fibrosis, Richardson spent almost two months researching the disease and meeting with people who suffer from the illness ahead of filming, as well as physically preparing to portray Stella. “Cole and I went on these diets—it wasn’t Dallas Buyers Club crazy—but when you have CF, your body doesn’t absorb nutrition properly,” she said. “We wanted to do justice to these people as much as we could and make our bodies look like somebody with CF…. [On the diet], I could have a tablespoon of seeds if I was feeling frisky.

Filming took place in New Orleans over the summer (which, coincidentally, is where Ravenswood also filmed). In addition to the extreme heat—”I’m pretty sure I experienced heat stroke,” Richardson said. “The wardrobe ladies would get us ice vests, but then they’d melt within five minutes.“—the shoot was understandably emotionally hard on the actors, as well. “It was exhausting. Every moment is high stakes,” she said. “But any time I could possibly be not sad, I was not sad. I’m the type of person who can’t handle the much heaviness, so there was a lot of shenanigans. I give a lot of credit to our assistant director for essentially just dealing with me. But it was fun. It’s weird to say that filming this movie was fun, but the times that we had as a cast—when I watch the movie, I feel like I can see our relationships, and I think that’s important.
It’s really important that people watch this and become aware of CF, enjoy an emotional and inspiring movie, and realize that CF doesn’t define these kids,” she continued.”They are kids and the problems about falling in love and feeling awkward and dealing with relationships are just as hard as what they deal with medically.

The final product is an emotional rollercoaster, to use a cliched term, but there really is no way around it in this situation. Richardson alone will make you laugh, cringe, blush, and cry. Yes, you’ll cry at this movie, and probably more than once (four times, by my own estimation). But just embrace it—Richardson has. “I’ve seen the film three times,” she said. “I cried all three times.

Five Feet Apart   Gallery Updates   Photoshoots & Portraits
written by Elise   |   April 9, 2019

Wonderland.Five Feet Apart has all the traits of your classic teen romance flick. A headstrong but kind girl meets an ever-so-slightly bad boy and after an introduction full of acerbic put-downs, some light flirting and one DMC (that’s “deep meaningful conversation” for the uninitiated of you) sat by a pool, they find themselves in the full-throes of an all-consuming crush. The only difference in Five Feet Apart – our protagonists Stella and Will aren’t allowed to touch.

Played by Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse respectively, the teenagers both have cystic fibrosis, an inherited genetic disorder that disrupts the body’s ability to move salt and water between cells and causes mucus to build up in the lungs. The pair meet on a hospital ward where they’re both receiving treatment, and aren’t allowed within six feet of each other (or any other CF patients) in case they fatally pass bacteria.


Photoshoots & Portraits > 2019 > Session 02 [+09]

Haley! I’ve been reading a lot about you and every article seems to have every film you’re in pinned as your ‘moment’. What do you feel has been your moment?
I don’t know if there’s been some huge moment. I have realistically been lucky. I moved to LA almost seven years ago now and, aside from that first year or two where no-one even knew my name and I didn’t know how to do anything and everything was awkward and clumsy and I wasn’t making any money, I have been lucky because after I got my feet wet, each thing got more interesting to me, and it was more of a consistent slow build. I still feel like a lot of the world doesn’t know about me to be honest. But I like the slow build, because I think it’s more lasting for the long term, and I want to act forever. So I don’t mind it, I’m surrendering to the slow build!

You moved to LA from Arizona, right? What was it like growing up there, do you have fond memories of it? Or were you excited to get out and move to LA and start acting?
I love Arizona, I think it’s the most beautiful state I’ve ever been to. And of all the pictures I’ve seen of the states I haven’t been to, I think it’s the most beautiful state. Have you ever seen way, way north with the Grand Canyon, and near the border with Utah? It’s so cool, it looks like Mars – I think I’m an alien. I went on a road trip a couple of years ago with my boyfriend, and we drove from Tucson which is really south, all the way up to the border of Utah, through Vegas and back to LA. If you have travel plans, that’s what you should do! One minute you’re going through flat, grey land, then 100 miles north there’s the painted desert, which is amazing. It’s really cool. Arizona’s epic. It’s not that I was eager to get away, I became obsessed with this idea of acting, you know? When I was 14/15 I became obsessed with this idea and future for myself, and when I become obsessed with something I go all in, and I did.

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Gallery Updates   Public Appearances   The Chaperone
written by Elise   |   March 30, 2019

Haley Lu attended the New York ‘The Chaperone’ Premiere back on March 25. She looked radiant in a Prabal Gurung ‘Jackie’ velvet dress. The Chaperone is based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel of the same name. It was adapted for the screen by Downton Abbey creator and writer Julian Fellowes and directed by Michael Engler who also helmed the new Downton Abbey movie. The film tells the story of a teen dancer, played by Richardson, who moves from Kansas to seek fame and fortune in New York City. She is accompanied by a respectable society lady from her rural hometown, played by McGovern, who finds her life transformed by the experience.

Public Appearances > 2019 > March 25: ‘The Chaperone’ New York Premiere [+88]
Five Feet Apart   Gallery Updates   Public Appearances
written by Elise   |   March 9, 2019

Back on Thursday (March 07), Haley Lu attended the Los Angeles ‘Five Feet Apart’ Premiere with fiancé Brett Dier and co-star Cole Sprouse. She looked beautiful in a bright pink blazer dress. High-quality images have been added to our gallery.

Public Appearances > 2019 > March 07: ‘Five Feet Apart’ Los Angeles Premiere [+202]
Gallery Updates   Public Appearances
written by Elise   |   February 23, 2019

Last night (February 22), Haley Lu attended the 12th Annual Women In Film Oscar Party at Spring Place Beverly Hills, California. She looked absolutely gorgeous! High-quality images have been added to our gallery.