Haley Bennett is an American singer and actress probably best known for her role in the film “Music & Lyrics,” which co-starred Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant.
Born Haley Loraine Keeling, she changed it to Haley Bennett. Her nicknames are Hales and Halo. She was born in Ft. Myers, Florida and lived in Ohio, then Naples, Florida where she studied acting while going to high school at Barron Collier High.
Haley caught the acting bug after winning a part in a school play, and later spent time with roles in local productions. She has been acting since she was ten years old, and according to her website, has several books accumulated with her words and thoughts.
She was “discovered” in 2004 while on vacation in Los Angeles during a chance encounter while checking out guitars once used by Jimi Hendrix. Growing up, she said she was a Britney Spears fan.
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Haley Bennett graduated high school in 2005 and then she and her mother moved to Los Angeles so she could pursue a career in music and acting. She signed a three-picture deal with Warner Bros and made her film debut in “Music & Lyrics.” In the film she had to perform a lap dance for Grant and Barrymore. “It was very embarrassing, but afterward we all just laughed.”
For the film, Haley Bennett also sang four songs: “Buddha’s Delight,” “Entering Bootytown,” “Slam” and “Way Back Into Love.”
In 2007, she appeared in the magazine “GQ,” and also signed with 550 Music/NuSound Records and began working on an album. The album has yet to be released.
Haley Bennett has also appeared in “Marley & Me,” “Outlaw Country” and “The Hole,” among other projects. When asked about music versus acting, she said, “I think that I’m passionate about both, and if you go about it the right way I think it’s possible to incorporate both of them into a very successful career.”
In 2013, she told W magazine that when she first came to Hollywood she was like a “deer caught in the headlights. I had no idea what I was doing. But I’m a lot more comfortable with myself now.”
She can be seen the next Terrence Malick film. She said of her audition: “I never experienced anything like what I did there: about an hour-and-a-half of pure improvisation.”
Haley Bennett lives in Los Angeles.
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