Welcome to Haley Lu Richardson (Lu Lu Land), your exclusive and in-depth fansite dedicated to Haley Lu Richardson. You may recognise her from roles in Split, Columbus and Five Feet Apart. She will soon star in After Yang and Unpregnant. We aim to bring you all the latest news and images relating to Haley Lus acting career, and strive to remain 100% gossip-and-paparazzi-free. Please take a look around and be sure to visit again to stay up-to-date on the latest news, photos and more on Haley Lu.

Haley Lu Richardson photographed by Brett Dier for Nylon

Nylon – If this was any other year, Haley Lu Richardson would be talking about her new film, HBO Max’s Unpregnant, out Friday, on the red carpet of a fancy premiere party, wearing a sparkly minidress or some other fabulous designer piece. But this is 2020, so on a Friday night, she’s chatting over Zoom, taking sips from a can of pear-flavored hard cider. And she’s dressed in a Jonas Brothers T-shirt.

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Oh no, you were able to tell that this was the Jonas Brothers,” she screams, bashfully jumping out of computer frame. But just as quickly, she’s back, with full conviction. “I went to twelve Jonas Brothers concerts when I was young, and I was very much convinced that I was going to marry Nick Jonas. Now that I look back, my personality… I feel like I should’ve been a Joe girl. But Nick is so serious and I think there was just something that little me, young me, just found so, oh my gosh… he’s so passionate about his craft. And he had the curly hair.” At this point, she’s fully committed to the nostalgia, recounting tales of a blown-up picture of her and the JoBros that still resides in her Arizona childhood bedroom. (“I have braces, I have a unibrow, and my hair is straightened to the point where it’s like pieces of straw,” she says. “I’m wearing a tie because Nick always wore ties.”) She even attempted to give Nick a tie she hand-crafted, only to be thwarted by security.

Going to see their Happiness Begins show was like, nostalgic doesn’t even cover,” she continues, reminiscing on last year’s reunion tour, where she picked up the T-shirt she’s sporting currently. “I started getting emotional — I also probably was a little bit drunk — because I was just reflecting on those feelings that I had when I was young and how far I’ve come as a person, and how far all the things they’ve done in their lives and careers. They’re all married and having babies, I was just so proud of them and proud of myself, and it was just this full circle, emotional moment.” Only one thing hasn’t panned: she still hasn’t met Nick. “I thought that could maybe be a perk of me being an actor and everything,” she says, laughing. “Meeting them or crossing paths or being in the same party. But no, never.

[…] In Unpregnant, Richardson — who introduces herself as just Haley, saying, “I’m very sensitive to feeling pretentious” — reunites with one of her very first collaborators, writer and director Rachel Lee Goldenberg, who directed her in the 2013 Lifetime movie Escape From Polygamy (it’s about exactly what the title indicates). She stars as Veronica, a play-by-the-rules high school senior in Missouri who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. Knowing that having a baby is not the right decision for this chapter in her life, she decides to schedule an abortion at the closest clinic that will take her: some 14 hours away in Albuquerque. With no other options, she embarks on a road trip with former BFF Bailey, played by Barbie Ferreira.

Much will be made about calling this film an “abortion movie,” which it is not. Upon making her decision to terminate her pregnancy at the top of the film, Veronica never waivers or doubts her choice; it’s merely the catalyst (albeit one handled sensitively and with grace, thanks to Goldenberg’s directing and Richardson’s charm) to what the film is at heart: a hilarious and heartwarming buddy comedy. “It was so important that this movie isn’t about ‘Should I or shouldn’t I?’” explains Richardson. “She knows that this is not right for her. She knows what she needs to do and she needs to do it as soon as possible so that she can move on with her life… It’s so complex and there’s so much in this movie. The stuff that they go through as friends, and that kind of self discovery and balance of two people that were so connected when they were young. They go separate ways and they each individually grow within themselves. Then they come together, and they’re like a mirror, they show each other things that they’ve been missing. That’s so real.

[…] Richardson, in general, is someone who prefers to look on the brighter side of life. Even her virtual life is sunny: Her “Animal Crossing” island, on which she estimates she’s spent 480 hours playing since quarantine began, is named Smiley Town. “Honestly, my best friends and then Brett, even my parents — even though they’re in Arizona — literally have all separately had serious interventions with me saying that they think I have an actual problem, or saying that they feel neglected, genuinely,” she admits. “The one thing I will have a huge ego about is my ‘Animal Crossing’ island. I’m not afraid to just brag for hours. I’m going to do an island tour soon because it’s a disservice to the world that they don’t see my island, and I feel like I’m keeping my biggest accomplishment and potential hidden from the public. Honestly it’s the proudest thing in my life, on par with this movie, and I am proud of this movie. I’m very, very proud of Smiley Town.

Haley Lu Richardson photographed for W Magazine

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.

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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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Haley Lu + Cole Sprouse for Wonderland Magazine

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!

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Haley Lu photographed for Cosmopolitan

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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