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.
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.
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.
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!
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.