Lucy Hale Biography

Singer, Actress (1989–)
Lucy Hale is an American actress and singer best known for her role on the popular TV teen drama ‘Pretty Little Liars.’

Who Is Lucy Hale?

Lucy Hale was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee where she always dreamed of being a star — mainly a famous singer. She got her first big break in 2003 as one of the five winners of the reality show American Juniors, a children's spinoff of American Idol. In 2005, she began to concentrate on acting and appeared on several television shows, including the CW’s Privileged in 2008, before winning the role of Aria Montgomery on Pretty Little Liars, which ran from 2010-17. She is currently appearing as the main character on the CW’s show, Life Sentence, and has starring roles in two 2018 films: the horror movie, Truth or Dare and the coming-of-age-role picture, Dude on Netflix.

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Lucy Hale launches mark. Spring Beauty Collection at The London Hotel on April 8, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. 

Movies

In 2008 Hale made her big screen debut in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, playing Effie, the younger sister of Alexis Bledel’s character, Lena Kaligaris. In 2011 she had a cameo in Scream 4. In 2018 she returned to the horror genre, this time starring in Truth or Dare. The film focuses on a group of friends who head to Mexico for one last round of partying before college graduation. Hale’s character Olivia befriends a guy who invites the group to play the titular — and seemingly harmless — game. But then people start dying.

Dude, which was released on Netflix on April 20, 2018, is a coming-of-age comedy focused on four high school girlfriends, played by Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp, and Awkwafina and Hale. Hale’s Lily is an over-the-top Type A personality and a bit of a control freak. The death of a common friend looms over the otherwise raunchy stoner comedy about misbehaving teenage girls.

TV Shows

'Pretty Little Liars'

Based on a series of books by Sara Shepard of the same name, Pretty Little Liars was an ensemble teen mystery television series that debuted on ABC Family (now Freeform) in 2010. The show focused on a group of high school students and best friends living in Rosewood, Pennsylvania whose de facto leader disappears one night while they were having a sleepover. As one of the titular characters, Aria Montgomery, Hale won several awards for her portrayal, including a Teen Choice Award for four different years. The popular series became a cult sensation and ran for seven seasons before ending in April 2017. Hale and her co-stars grew into adults during its run. Interestingly, she is the one who came up with the iconic "shhh" gesture in the show’s intro. "[My] shushing the camera was actually a spur-of-the-moment idea that happened to make the final cut," Hale told Cosmopolitan.com.

'Life Sentence'

Hale’s most recent television role has her starring as Stella Abbott, a terminally ill woman who suddenly learns that she’s completely healthy, in the new CW dramedy Life Sentence. Hale says that the character is probably the most positive one she has ever played, which is partially of her own design. In a 2018 interview with Elle magazine, she explained: “The creators [Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith] hung out with me a few times to get a sense of how I talk and act, and they kind of created the character around me,” she says. “It’s a lot more work, but I like having the weight of the world on my shoulders.”

Other TV Roles

Hale has appeared on numerous popular television shows as a guest star, including Wizards of Waverly Place, How I Met Your Mother and CSI: Miami. Her first recurring role came in 2007, when she was cast in NBC's short-lived re-imagining of the Bionic Woman as Becca Sommers, the younger sister of title character Jaime Sommers. The following year, she won the lead role of Rose Baker in the CW’s comedy-drama Privileged, but it was also cancelled after one season.

Personal Life

Hale broke up with her musician boyfriend Anthony Kalabretta in May 2017. She is currently dating Riley Smith, who is her Life Sentence co-star.

Lucy Hale’s Net Worth

As of 2018, Hale reportedly has a net worth of $6 million.

Music

Hale began her professional career at age 14 as part of a vocal group on the reality show, American Juniors, a children's spinoff of American Idol. In June 2012, Hale signed a record deal with Hollywood Records. Her debut album, Road Between, came out in 2014 and featured the singles "You Sound Good to Me," and "Lie a Little Better." She has often stated that music is her first love and, though her acting work is keeping her busy, she's always working on her side career.

Early Years

Born on June 14, 1989 in Memphis, Tennessee as Karen Lucille Hale, she is the youngest of Julia Knight’s and John Preston Hale’s three children. Hale always aspired to be a singer and her dream was realized when she appearing on American Juniors in 2003. The reality show was a search for band members and she successfully won her place in the band with her performance of the 1980s hit by Blondie, "Call Me." After the band disbanded in 2005, she began to focus on acting roles and guest-starred on Drake & Josh, The Wizards of Waverly Place, The O.C., and How I Met Your Mother. In the early stages of her career, she was sometimes referred to as Lucy Kate Hale.

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