Haley Lu was raised in Phoenix, AZ by right-brained creative parents, Valerie (graphic designer) and Forrest Richardson (golf course architect). She attended Villa Montessori school where she was encouraged to think outside the box and find self-motivation. She then went on to graduate from Arcadia High School in the top 10% of her class. She was a member of Cannedy Performing Arts competitive dance company for 8 years and trained a minimum of 20 hours a week. During that time she was bestowed prestigious titles within the dance community such as 'National Dancer of the Year" and the 'Peoples Choice Award' at the Young Artist's competition.
Her innovative upbringing and significant background in dance propelled Haley Lu to move to Los Angeles at the age of 16. Since her move, Haley Lu has played unique and contrasting roles on television and film. Richardson's range has been recognized by awards for her breakthrough performances.
In the 2015 Sundance hit, "The Bronze," Haley Lu whips out some of her dance skills and joins the Duplass brothers and the hilarious cast of Melissa Rauch, Sebastian Stan and Gary Cole in a dark comedy set in the world of gymnastics. She can next be seen on the big screen in the teen drama/comedy, "Besties" alongside Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson and in M. Night Shyamalan's newest thriller, "Split".