Where You Recognize Five Feet Apart's Haley Lu Richardson From

Suddenly, Haley Lu Richardson is everywhere. The 24-year-old actress has been working steadily since she was 16, but she's experiencing a windfall of late. In the past two years, she appeared in six feature films, many of them critically acclaimed (if you haven't watched Support the Girls yet, do it).
When it comes to star-making potential, though, none of those past roles can compare to her starring appearance in Five Feet Apart, a movie that rivals The Fault In Our Stars for the title of Ultimate Tragic Teen Romance. In the film, Richardson plays Stella, a resilient and positive young woman given a rough set of cards: She has cystic fibrosis, and a limited life expectancy. When Will (Cole Sprouse), a rakishly charming fellow CF patient, walks into the hospital, she wants to really live.
Richardson's earnest, endearing performance in Five Feet Apart carries the movie (with a great co-lead in Sprouse). As with all of her roles, Richardson seems real. And since she's about to cross over into household name, let's take a stroll through her past roles.
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Escape From Polygamy (2013)

One of Richardson's first leading roles was Julina, a young woman seeking to escape from an extremely conservative polygamous community and run away with her lover. Julina and Ryder (Jack Falahee) are like a Mormon-inspired Romeo and Juliet.
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Ravenswood (2013-2014)

Richardson became a familiar face through her recurring role on ABC Family's Ravenswood, set in a cursed town in Pennsylvania. She acted alongside her now-fiancé, Brett Dier (who is most famous for Jane the Virgin).
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The Last Survivors (2015)

Ten years after the last rainfall, water comes in tantalizing, sparse drips. Where there had once been lush Oregon rainforest, there's now a Mad Max-esque desert. In The Last Survivors, Richardson plays Kendal, a 17-year-old woman who's fighting for control over resources against a greedy and powerful man. Resource scarcity was never so gripping.
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The Bronze (2016)

In The Bronze, Richardson leans fully into her earnestness. She plays a promising young gymnast whose potential seems to grate on a former Olympic bronze medalist, Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch). Hope Ann reluctantly agrees to coach Maggie, tempted by the potential of a big cash payout. The Bronze is a crass comedy, and a perfect sports movie for people who don't like sports movies.
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Follow (2016)

Follow was Richardson's first foray into horror. It's a trippy, Christmas-themed movie about a painter who wakes up next to his girlfriend's body, not remembering what happened.
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The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

Krista, Richard's character in The Edge of Seventeen, crosses the unspoken boundary: Don't date your best friend's brother. In the aftermath of having her best friend start falling in love with her enemy (aka her brother), Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) finds surviving high school near impossible. The Edge of Seventeen is one of the best coming-of-age movies of late.
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Recovery Road (2016)

Richardson returned to TV for Recovery Road, a show set inside a sober living facility. It ran for one season.
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Split (2017)

You have to feel for Claire, Richard's character in Split. She's been kidnapped by a man governed by 23 disparate personalities (James McAvoy). He intends to feed Claire to the "Beast."
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Columbus (2017)

Columbus is a stunning love story centered around a simple premise: A guy and a girl, both stuck in Columbus, IN, take long walks and discuss the modernist buildings that made Columbus an architectural mecca. John Cho and Richardson both were praised for their performances.
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Support the Girls (2018)

Richardson's Maci is a member of the tight-knit tribe of skimpily-dressed employees that work at Double Whammies, a Hooters-type bar. Lisa (Regina Hall) is their boss – but she's more than that. She's a mother figure, an older sister, a friend. Maci is her most enthusiastic employee.
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Operation Finale (2018)

Sylvia Hermann (Richardson) doesn't know who she is. But that's because her father, an immigrant from Germany to Argentina, never told her he was Jewish and had fled WWII. She begins dating another first-generation German-Argentine (Joe Alwyn), not knowing that he's actually the son of Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann. Sylvia is based on a real person.
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The Chaperone (2019)

Louise Brooks was one of the most famous actresses of the silent era. She was a sex symbol with a black bob. And in The Chaperone, Richardson plays her when she's just a 15-year-old from Kansas with big dreams.
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Five Feet Apart (2019)

This brings us to Five Feet Apart, a movie destined for the teen romance pantheon. Sprouse and Richardson play teenagers with cystic fibrosis. They are very charming and very convincing in their love — which makes the movie's twists all the more tragic.

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