Why Haley Lu Richardson Referenced Hailee Steinfeld’s ‘Edge of Seventeen’ Role to Prepare for ‘Unpregnant’

Published Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 8:35 am

After a string of acclaimed performances in Five Feet Apart, Support the Girls and Columbus, Haley Lu Richardson has solidified herself as one in all Hollywood’s maximum gifted up-and-coming actors. In her cutting-edge movie, Unpregnant, Richardson performs Veronica, a 17-year-antique excessive faculty pupil whose international is grew to become the wrong way up with the aid of using a fantastic being pregnant test. Unpregnant became Richardson’s hardest task but for the reason that she needed to carry out touchy cloth concerning youngsterager being pregnant and reproductive rights inside a avenue experience comedy. In order to string the needle among hugely distinct tones, Richardson referenced the overall performance that her buddy and previous co-star, Hailee Steinfeld, introduced in Kelly Fremon Craig’s The Edge of Seventeen. Richardson additionally starred in Edge, as Steinfeld’s character’s satisfactory buddy.

“I determined myself considering Hailee and her overall performance in The Edge of Seventeen,” Richardson tells The Hollywood Reporter. “She did a surely comparable aspect with the tone of Edge of Seventeen, most effective she’s coping with those surely actual matters just like the lack of her dad, despair and now no longer becoming in withinside the international. She simply did it so seamlessly, and I became like, ‘How the frick did she do that?’ When I became doing Unpregnant, I actually might YouTube scenes of Hailee in Edge of Seventeen… and get concept from her with the tone and the way to stability that as an actor.  I clearly referred to as Hailee and had a surely pleasant Facetime communique together along with her at the same time as doing Unpregnant due to the fact I became looking all of those YouTube motion pictures of her in Edge of Seventeen.”

Since reproductive rights were debated for plenty decades, Richardson knew that her presence on this movie became going to disappointed lots of those who don’t agree with in a woman’s proper to choose. But, after cautious consideration, she knew that it became a task really well worth accepting.

“I don’t recognise if hesitation is the proper word, or nerves, however I became uncertain if a subject like this will paintings inside this youngsterager movie, avenue experience, chaotic comedy tone. Obviously, it’s far touchy, it’s far vital and it’s far a really private and actual aspect,” Richardson explains. “I became like, ‘I’m going to be doing this movie, and if I do it, then that’s commencing myself up as someone to human beings hating me simply due to the fact I’m on this movie.’ In general, I surely don’t like hate withinside the international… I surely try and simply be know-how of human beings which are distinct than me. So it became actually some thing that I positioned notion into, and earlier than I stated sure to this movie, I surely desired to parent out if it became some thing that I wholeheartedly notion that I should assist in making it paintings. I desired to assist stability the tones and assist attain the quit purpose of trying the reality to return back via on this wild movie. So I wager I became simply up for the task, and I determined to do it.”

In a current communique with THR, Richardson additionally displays on being in awe of James McAvoy’s overall performance at the set of Split and why Support the Girls became a much-wished reprieve from heavier roles.

 

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