5 Questions: Haley Lu Richardson

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5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –


Haley began her career in 2013, with a recurring role on ABC Family’s Ravenswood. Her film career has included leading roles in The Last Survivors, The Young Kieslowski, The Bronze and The Edge of Seventeen. In Split, she plays Claire Benoit, one of the teenage girls that is kidnapped by Dennis (James McAvoy).

SD: How did you relate to your character Claire Benoit?

HR: Night is very secretive about his movies. I really didn’t know what the movie was about and didn’t know what was going on. I did like that Claire is a fighter and I like to think given the circumstances, I would react just like her. 

SD: How did you prepare yourself mentally for this role?

HR: I don’t think you can really prepare yourself. I keep telling myself this is life and death. I really had to go to a dark place. This role was all about learning to fight and escape. Working with Anya Taylor-Joy and Jessica Sula was great. I felt we were all in and committed to our roles. I felt very comfort working with them. It definitely made the darkness of the story more enjoyable.

SD: What was it like working with M. Night Shyamalan and James McAvoy?

HR: Night is the master of these movies. I learned a lot from him. Since he is so secretive, you really have to learn to trust him. I really just wanted to do a great job of fulfilling his vision and not disappoint him. James is a goofball. He is an incredible actor who gives 100% to his craft.  I learned some much from just watching him. Working with him was like being part of an acting master class. 

SD: Are you a fan of horror movies, if so, do you have a favorite?

HR: I’m pretty wimpy when it comes to watching scary movies. I will only watch one if I’m with a huge group of friends or my boyfriend. I also need to have ice cream and candy to calm me down during it and after. I really loved “The Others” with Nicole Kidman. It is a really smart film that will blow your mind.

SD: Any upcoming projects?

HR: I just finished filming a movie titled “Columbus.” It should be released sometime this year.  I would have to say it’s my favorite film I have done so far. I’m very excited to see how people react to it. 


SPLIT will be released on DVD and Blu-ray April 18, 2017.

Rating: Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language

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