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Haley Loraine Keeling (born January 7, 1988),[1] known professionally as Haley Bennett, is an American actress and singer. She made her film debut as pop star Cora Corman in the romantic comedy Music and Lyrics (2007) and has since appeared in the films The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008), College (2008), The Hole (2009), Kaboom (2010), The Equalizer (2014), Kristy (2014), Hardcore Henry (2015), The Magnificent Seven (2016), and The Girl on the Train (2016).

Haley Bennett
Haley Bennett.jpg
Bennett at The Bling Ring premiere in 2013
Born Haley Loraine Keeling
(1988-01-07) January 7, 1988 (age 30)
Naples, Florida, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
Years active 2007–present


Early lifeEdit

Bennett was born in Fort Myers, Florida, raised in Naples, Florida. The daughter of Leilani (née Bennett Dorsey) and Ronald Keeling.[2] She is of English, Scottish, Irish, German and Lithuanian descent. As a teenager, she moved with her father to Stow, Ohio, where she attended Stow-Munroe Falls High School and the family relocated back to Naples, Florida.[3][4]


Bennett made her film debut as popstar Cora Corman in the 2007 romantic comedy Music and Lyrics, with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.[5] Bennett sang several songs for the film's soundtrack, including "Buddha's Delight" and "Way Back into Love"; fragments of the songs "Entering Bootytown" and "Slam" are heard during concert scenes in the film, and her song "Invincible" plays during the end credits. That same year, she signed with 550 Music/NuSound Records (part Epic Records), and began working on her debut album, though one was never released. Bennett performed her first live concert at The Mint in Los Angeles on June 19, 2008.

Despite the auspicious debut, Bennett didn't break through. She said in an interview in June 2016: "It’s been kind of a long journey for me. Everyone has a different path; I guess you hear them all. I don’t know how common mine is. I didn’t have a long-term plan or goal. If there would have been a road map showing me the way to my dreams becoming reality, I might have given it a second thought. All I came to Los Angeles with was a dream. No one from my family ever left Ohio. In L.A., I saw a lot of talent wasted because of fear. The odds are really stacked against you. But stumbling around blindly … I was following my intuition. I don’t know what was fueling me at the time. I was a bit like Dorothy following the yellow brick road I guess. Except there was no good witch... Nothing came that easily ever again [after Music and Lyrics]. It was a good start—I’m grateful for the experience, but I wanted more. After that film, I ventured back out into the darkness, as actors often do. And I was completely engulfed by it. I got lost, I got broke. I got heartbroken by the roles I’d never have a chance to play, because you know how it is. Even when a filmmaker pointed at me and said, “I want to put you in this film,” it never happened because of the financial aspect of our industry. I wasn’t a bankable name, I guess. But it went on like this, on repeat, for many years. I begged, I struggled, I fought. There was no other option, really.[6]

After signing a three-picture deal with Warner Bros. (beginning with Music and Lyrics),[7] Bennett subsequently starred in her second and third films, the comedy College (2008)[8] and the supernatural horror The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008).[9] Also in 2008, she made a cameo appearance in Marley & Me. The following year, Bennett had a lead role alongside Julia Stiles in Shekhar Kapur's short film Passage. She then co-starred as Julie Campbell in the adventure thriller film The Hole, directed by Joe Dante.[10] In 2010, she appeared in the fantasy comedy Kaboom,[11] and the drama Arcadia Lost.[12] Bennett then landed the lead in the thriller film Kristy (2014).[13] She next appeared in the independent drama film Lost in the White City (2014), alongside Thomas Dekker and Bob Morley.[14] Also in 2014, Bennett co-starred in The Equalizer with Denzel Washington and Melissa Leo.[15]

In 2015, Bennett starred in Ilya Naishuller's first-person point-of-view film Hardcore Henry.[16] In 2016, she appeared as Emma Cullen in Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven,[17] co-starred as Megan Hipwell in the Tate Taylor-directed film adaptation of Paula Hawkins' thriller novel The Girl on the Train,[18] and played actress Mamie Murphy in Warren Beatty's comedy-drama Rules Don't Apply.[19] Responses to the first two films were mixed, while the third was more positively received. Bennett's performances were praised in all three. Bennett will star as Saskia Schumann in Jason Hall's PTSD drama film Thank You for Your Service.[20] Bennett was cast in Terrence Malick's musical drama film Song to Song, alongside Christian Bale,[21] but her scenes were later cut.[22]

Bennett resembles actress Jennifer Lawrence and is often mistaken for Lawrence by audiences and viewers.


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Music and Lyrics Cora Corman
2008 College Kendall
2008 The Haunting of Molly Hartley Molly Hartley
2008 Marley & Me Lisa
2009 Passage Abby Short film
2009 The Hole Julie Campbell
2010 Kaboom Stella
2010 Arcadia Lost Charlotte
2013 Deep Powder Natasha
2014 After the Fall Ruby
2014 Kristy Justine Wills
2014 Lost in the White City Eva
2014 The Equalizer Mandy
2015 Hardcore Henry Estelle
2016 A Kind of Murder Ellie Briess
2016 The Magnificent Seven Emma Cullen
2016 The Girl on the Train Megan Hipwell
2016 Rules Don't Apply Mamie Murphy
2017 Thank You for Your Service Saskia Schumann
2018 The Red Sea Diving Resort Rachel Reiter In post-production


  1. ^ "Haley Bennett – Biography". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Haley Bennett: Biography". AskMen. 2007. Retrieved August 18, 2010. Haley Keeling was born in 1989 in Fort Myers, Florida, but she was raised in Naples, Florida and in Ohio. 
  3. ^ Rich, Kate (February 14, 2007). "New Hollywood star has ties to Naples, Florida and Northeast Ohio". The Review. Alliance Publishing Co. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2010. ...where she attended Stow High School in her freshman and sophomore, senior years at Barron High School. 
  4. ^ Sever, Mike (February 15, 2007). "Naples/Stow teen debuts in film with Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore". Record Courier. Archived from the original on March 18, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ Rechtshaffen, Michael (February 8, 2007). "Music and Lyrics". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ Wallace, Chris (June 1, 2016). "Haley Bennett". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  7. ^ "IMTA Alum Set to Star in Major Motion Pictures". IMTA. March 15, 2006. Archived from the original on February 28, 2007. Retrieved September 1, 2007. 
  8. ^ Sperling, Nicole (March 5, 2007). "4 go to 'College' in Hagan's class". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ Scheck, Frank (October 31, 2008). "Film Review: The Haunting of Molly Hartley". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^ "Quad One-Sheet Debut: Joe Dante's The Hole 3D". Dread Central. July 30, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  11. ^ Fernandez, Jay A (November 5, 2009). "'Kaboom' adds four to cast". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  12. ^ Goldstein, Gregg (September 26, 2008). "Nolte leads the way with 'Arcadia Lost'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 29, 2012). "Haley Bennett books thriller 'Kristy'". Variety. 
  14. ^ "Indie Drama 'The White City' Casts Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett & Bob Morley". April 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Haley Bennett Joins Sony's 'The Equalizer'". June 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (September 15, 2015). "'Hardcore' Has Three Suitors And Spirited Bidding Battle – Toronto". 
  17. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 20, 2015). "Haley Bennett Lands Female Lead In MGM's 'The Magnificent Seven'". 
  18. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (August 24, 2015). "Haley Bennett Lands Lead In 'The Girl On The Train'". 
  19. ^ Ge, Linda (March 8, 2014). "Haley Bennett Joins Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Biopic". Up & Comers. 
  20. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 20, 2015). "Haley Bennett in Talks to Star With Miles Teller in 'Thank You for Your Service'". Variety. 
  21. ^ Fischer, Russ (September 8, 2011). "Terrence Malick Eyes Relative Newcomer Haley Bennett as Co-Star of Untitled Christian Bale Film". /Film. 
  22. ^ Donnelly, Matt (March 10, 2017). "Christian Bale, Benicio del Toro, Haley Bennett All Cut From Terrence Malick's 'Song to Song' at SXSW". The Wrap. Retrieved March 11, 2017. 

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