Haley Bennett

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Haley Bennett
Haley Bennett.jpg
Bennett at the The Bling Ring premiere (2013)
Born Haley Loraine Keeling
(1988-01-07) January 7, 1988 (age 28)
Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
Years active 2007–present

Haley Bennett (born January 7, 1988[1]) is an American actress and singer. She made her film debut as pop star Cora Corman in the romantic comedy Music and Lyrics (2007), alongside Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. She has since appeared in the films The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008), College (2008), The Hole (2009), Kaboom (2010), After the Fall (2014), The Equalizer (2014), Kristy (2014), Hardcore Henry (2015), and The Magnificent Seven (2016 remake). She recently portrayed Megan Hipwell in the thriller The Girl on the Train (2016).

Early life[edit]

Bennett was born Haley Loraine Keeling[1] in Fort Myers, Florida, the daughter of Leilani Dorsey and Ronald Keeling.[2] She is of English, Scottish, Irish, German and Lithuanian descent.

As a child, she moved with her father to Stow, Ohio, near where her parents are from. She also lived with her mother in Naples, Florida, on and off as a child.


Bennett made her film debut as pop singer Cora Corman in the 2007 romantic comedy Music and Lyrics, alongside Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.[3] 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" can be heard during the end credits. That same year, she signed with 550 Music/NuSound Records (part Epic Records), and began working on her first album. Bennett performed her first live concert at The Mint in Los Angeles on June 19, 2008.

After signing a three-picture deal with Warner Bros. (beginning with Music and Lyrics),[4] Bennett subsequently starred in her second and third films, College (2008)[5] and The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008).[6] 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 in the adventure thriller film The Hole, directed by Joe Dante.[7] In 2010, she appeared in the fantasy comedy Kaboom,[8] and the drama Arcadia Lost.[9] Bennett then landed the lead in the thriller film Kristy (2014).[10] She next appeared in the independent drama film Lost in the White City (2014), alongside Thomas Dekker and Bob Morley.[11] Also in 2014, Bennett co-starred in The Equalizer with Denzel Washington and Melissa Leo.[12]

In 2015, she co-starred in the first person point of view film Hardcore Henry.[13] In 2016, Bennett co-starred in Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven,[14] and had a major role in the film adaptation of Paula Hawkins' thriller novel The Girl on the Train; response to the films was mixed.[15] Bennett is set to appear in Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply,[16] and Jason Hall's PTSD drama film Thank You for Your Service.[17] Bennett is also part of the cast of Terrence Malick's musical drama film Weightless, opposite Christian Bale.[18]


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
2012 Outlaw Country Annabel Lee Unsold pilot
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 Completed
2016 Thank You for Your Service Saskia Schumann In post-production
2017 Weightless Completed


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ Rechtshaffen, Michael (February 8, 2007). "Music and Lyrics". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ Sperling, Nicole (March 5, 2007). "4 go to 'College' in Hagan's class". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  6. ^ Scheck, Frank (October 31, 2008). "Film Review: The Haunting of Molly Hartley". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ "Quad One-Sheet Debut: Joe Dante's The Hole 3D". Dread Central. July 30, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2010. The Hole stars Teri Polo, Haley Bennett, Bruce Dern, Chris Massoglia, and Nathan Gamble. 
  8. ^ Fernandez, Jay A (November 5, 2009). "'Kaboom' adds four to cast". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ Goldstein, Gregg (September 26, 2008). "Nolte leads the way with 'Arcadia Lost'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 29, 2012). "Haley Bennett books thriller 'Kristy'". Variety. 
  11. ^ "Indie Drama 'The White City' Casts Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett & Bob Morley". Deadline.com. April 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Haley Bennett Joins Sony's 'The Equalizer'". Deadline.com. June 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (September 15, 2015). "'Hardcore' Has Three Suitors And Spirited Bidding Battle – Toronto". Deadline.com. 
  14. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 20, 2015). "Haley Bennett Lands Female Lead In MGM's 'The Magnificent Seven'". Deadline.com. 
  15. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (August 24, 2015). "Haley Bennett Lands Lead In 'The Girl On The Train'". Deadline.com. 
  16. ^ Ge, Linda (March 8, 2014). "Haley Bennett Joins Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Biopic". Up & Comers. 
  17. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 20, 2015). "Haley Bennett in Talks to Star With Miles Teller in 'Thank You for Your Service'". Variety. 
  18. ^ Fischer, Russ (September 8, 2011). "Terrence Malick Eyes Relative Newcomer Haley Bennett as Co-Star of Untitled Christian Bale Film". /Film. 

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