Haley Bennett – whose friends call her ‘Halo’ or ‘Hales’ – is a young, up-and-coming actress who got her first big break in 2007’s Music and Lyrics, starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant.
Other big roles were to follow: The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008), Gregg Araki’s Kaboom (2010), The Equalizer costarring with Denzel Washington (2014), and After The Fall (2014).
The 5’8 blonde was born Haley Loraine Keeling on January 7, 1988 in Fort Myers, Florida, USA, to Leilani Dorsey Bennett and Ronald Keeling.. Bennett credits her mother for cultivating her creative side.
“My mom was an artist, and she had this amazing ability to transform everything into something beautiful.” She grew up with her father in Stow, Ohio, where she attended Stow-Munroe Falls High School and graduated from Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Akron. After that, Halo and her mother moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue her career.
Haley’s film debut was as the pop singer Cora Corman in the romantic comedy Music and Lyrics; she sang several songs for the film’s soundtrack, including “Buddha’s Delight” and “Way Back into Love”. Fragments of “Entering Bootytown” and “Slam” are heard during concert scenes in the film. Shortly after that, her first album (with singer-songwriter Shaley Scott) was released.
Even though she has a full dance card in music, movies and TV and is booked through 2017, Haley says she’s appreciative of everything that has come her way, and it seems she wouldn’t even mind if it all stopped soon. “I don’t need anything else at this point. I could move back to Ohio and grow old and tell all my stories.” We like her perspective, and it probably helps when your net worth sits at a cool $2 million. The rising star can be found on Instagram where her username includes her nickname, in case you were curious.