Actress shares intel on latest film “The Edge of Seventeen” and her Hooked by Haley designs
It’s exciting to sit with an actor and discuss their latest film project, but it’s even more rewarding when it’s an up and coming actor or actress. That’s why I eagerly accepted the invite for a round table interview with Haley Lu Richardson, to get intel on her latest movie “The Edge of Seventeen,” in which she co-stars with Hailee Steinfeld, Kyra Sedgwick and Woody Harrelson. You can’t help but predict that Richardson will be the next Hollywood “it” girl with her bubbly personality, infections laugh, and penchant for chic style—she wore a short-sleeve mock turtleneck and wide-leg cuffed and belted trousers in an olive green. Along with dishing on her new film, Richardson also shared deets on dancing, upcoming film projects, and her crochet line, which appeared in the film.
Sometimes we think that everyone’s out to get us and like everyone else is the bad guy, but really when we take a second and reflect on what’s going on in our heads, we’re kind of our own worst enemy.
On actors’ input on the dialogue.
On being intimidated working with producer James L. Brooks and actor Woody Harrelson.
I feel like every movie I’ve done has become like a little bigger scale and bigger actors. My character was cast later I think than most—most of the actors were cast already by the time they had auditioned me, which was cool for me. Sometimes when you audition for a movie, you have no idea who you are going to be acting opposite and you’re like ‘I hope they are good’. But I got to see who was already cast and what producers were working on. I was very intimidated but also equally, or more so, just excited at the opportunity to learn from them.
On relating to the characters in the film.
Honestly, it’s really funny because I’ve been acting professionally for five years, since I was 16. Since then, I’ve literally just played high school kids. (laughs) I feel like I’m constantly forced to go into that life phase and all the memories. I’m just stuck there reliving that forever. So yeah, I definitely could relate to pretty much all the characters and everything. When you’re reading a script as an actor, knowing that you’re possibly going to be able to play this character and bring her to life, you automatically are reading the script and trying to figure out what connections you have to that person and how you can relate to them. So I think what I really do most to this movie and Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) is the friendship between Krista and Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), because even when everything goes down, it’s not like either of them are bad people. I feel a real bond and a selfless friendship, which I feel like I have in my life and I had in high school—plus all the stupid drama. (laughs)
On establishing the appearance of a close friendship between Krista and Nadine.
Thank God for those two little kid actors. They were so good and so cute. I feel like showing them at that age, even though it was so brief, you like believe it, because they are just so freaking cute. I think the rehearsal period and also that Hailee and I got along really well in person. It’s like easy hanging out with her because she’s so cool. The writing was great—I think just going with it and really being there in the moment, playing around and knowing we both—she’s a teenager—we both know what it’s like having a good friendship, especially when you’re going through all that stuff in high school, and how important that is. We just wanted to commit and bring it the justice that a friendship like that deserves.
On friendships with girlfriends vs. relationships with boyfriends.
On what viewers should take from the film.
On her favorite teen movies.
Honestly, people have been asking that question a lot and I keep saying “She’s the Man” (2006) with Amanda Bynes. (laughs) I feel it’s a lame answer, but I really love that movie and I think I cracked up more during that movie than I have ever. But honestly, I love that movie…obviously I love “Breakfast Club” (1985) and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986). I feel like there’s just stupid ones I like even more—”Mean Girls” (2004) I really liked. (laughs)
On being a dancer.
Honestly, if you know someone who wants to make a dance movie, that’s my dream, is doing that. I feel like dance is becoming so much—you see it so much on TV, reality shows like the “Dance Moms” thing and “So You Think You Can Dance.” There’s the “Step It Up” movies, there’s ballet movies, ballet shows, but I feel like the story of a training contemporary dancer hasn’t really been told yet, and I’d love to make that happen.
On her fashion and accessory crochet line Hooked by Haley in the film.
There’s a scene, it’s so quick, but when we go to the party and I start playing beer pong, there’s this moment when I take off my jacket and I’m wearing one of the tops I crocheted. I’m really proud of it. I’m like almost prouder of that than being in the movie. (laughs) I always try to wear a hat or something. The last movie I did, I’m just literally sitting on the couch crocheting. (laughs) It’s something I do that I literally feel no pressure with, which I feel is a really good thing to have—it kind of feels like therapy. My mom taught me to crochet when I was like about eight, and I’ve been doing it ever since, coming up with patterns and different designs. It’s something I do just creatively, like have fun and I don’t feel any pressure. It makes me excited to just do it. I sell it on Etsy—I want to grow that at some point.
On working in “Split” with director M. Night Shyamalan and actor James McAvoy.
So, if you want to go see the movie for any reason, he’s amazing—there were times when I would be off camera and I’d be there to just like say one line or something and then I’d look at my friend Jess (Jessica Sula), who’s one of the girls who gets kidnapped, and we’re both off screen, and we’d just like look at each other…we’re sobbing and we have goosebumps, we’re not even being taped, we were just so affected by what he was doing.
On how the film can help teens with issues they are struggling with.
Release date: Friday, November 18th
Image source: STX Entertainment