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.

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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.


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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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Five Feet Apart   Gallery Updates   Photoshoots & Portraits
written by Elise   |   February 17, 2019

CosmopolitanHaley Lu Richardson on ‘Five Feet Apart’ and What It’s Really Like to Work with Cole Sprouse: This March, Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse will surely tug at your heartstrings with the release of their new film, Five Feet Apart. They play Stella and Will, two teens who fall in love while dealing with their respective battles with cystic fibrosis.

Since making a name for herself in 2013 with a recurring role on ABC Family’s Ravenswood and playing Hailee Steinfeld’s BFF in The Edge of Seventeen, Richardson has continued to pave her own way in Hollywood. Her recent co-stars have included James McAvoy (Split), John Cho (Columbus), and Regina Hall (Support the Girls), and she’s only just getting started. Her dream role? “I want to bring back dance movies, bring back the dancer-actor, the double threat, because I can’t sing,” Richardson tells Cosmopolitan. “I want to tell stories about dancers and let dance be a way of expression and storytelling in a way that’s perfected and taken seriously.

Until then, Richardson has her plate full with work and oh, planning for a wedding that might not happen for a while. In 2018, Richardson and her longtime beau, Jane the Virgin actor Brett Dier, announced their engagement after Richardson popped the question. “We’ve been together for seven years. We just want to take our time. We’re still not used to the word fiancé. It’s so pretentious in saying it. Neither of us are used to it. We still call each other boyfriend and girlfriend. We’re just engaged. And I love Brett. And we’ll get married one day.

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On working with her fiancé, Brett Dier, on the Cosmo shoot:
We’ve never done a photo shoot together but I loved it. I honestly get so weird because I don’t know how to pose. I’m not a model and also it’s really hard for me to take myself seriously. Brett’s like that too. We both kind of just screwed around the whole time and laughed and did weird poses. I picked his nose, I think, in one of the pictures.

On a typical date night:
We went through a Skip Bo phase, it’s the best game in the world. I’m pretty sure it’s for 2 to 12 year-olds but we went through a huge phase for a year and a half where we played that every single night when we weren’t working. And now we’re in a Scrabble phase, we sit by the fire in our house and play Scrabble on the floor. Neither of us really know how to spell that well, so we just spell really small words. Once in a while I’ll put on makeup and he’ll wear shoes and pants and we’ll go out for dinner. But that’s pretty rare.

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Gallery Updates   Photoshoots & Portraits   Public Appearances   Support the Girls
written by Elise   |   March 11, 2018

Earlier today (March 11), Haley Lu attended the ‘The New Romantic’ Premiere during 2018 SXSW Festival in support of fiancé Brett Dier who stars in the film. Images have been added to our gallery.

Thanks to Maria (, I’ve also been able to add 9 outtakes of Haley Lu taken yesterday while promoting “Support the Girls”. Enjoy!

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Gallery Updates   Photoshoots & Portraits   Support the Girls
written by Elise   |   March 11, 2018

Our gallery has just been updated with 8 high-quality outtakes of Haley Lu photographed for Deadline alongside her “Support The Girls” co-stars. Many thanks to our friend Mouza ( for the help with these!

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Digital Scans   Gallery Updates   Photoshoots & Portraits
written by Elise   |   January 23, 2018

Haley Lu is featured in the February issue of Seventeen México, and the outtakes look absolutely stunning. She was photographed by Tommaso Mei. Outtakes and digital scans have been added to our gallery.

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