H.Lou Richardson is warning me. “I look rough!” the actor exclaims as he turns on the cameras. What you see on screen is actually quite sweet. With rosy cheeks covered in stickers, he is 27 years old. He has a purple star on the right side of his nose and a green star on his forehead. She is nestled in the center of a white fluffy beanbag, surrounded by plants in various wicker containers. Her screen name is “h poopie”.
Richardson is stunned when I ask him about the stars. “Don’t you know the pimple sticker?!” she screams. “Oh my god, they’re honestly the coolest thing since sliced bread. You also get flowers with little rhinestones, Hello Kitty flowers, Spongebob flowers, and rainbow flowers.” You can… it’s really great because it makes acne fun!!!” It’s 8:30 in the morning for Richardson at her apartment in California. She is in a really good mood. She laughs a lot and every time she laughs tears flow. “I drank a lot of wine last night. Huh!” she erupts. I didn’t even go out. I went to see one of my friends and he cooked me this wonderful dinner. I washed my face last night and this morning. Twice this morning. And I have already brushed my teeth. And I still smell the garlic!
Richardson has been on our screens for ten years without a sticker. After spending her childhood in Arizona when she was 16, where she danced five hours a night and competed every weekend, she suddenly decided she wanted to live in LA and become an actor. Her mother made her sacrifice, leaving Richardson’s father and moving to the West Coast so her daughter could pursue her dreams. The day after Richardson turned 18, Haley missed her Lou father, so her mother moved back to Arizona. But those years away from her home paid off.Around that time, Richardson was gritting his teeth on his Disney-channel sitcom shake it and supernatural children’s drama RavenswoodShe then starred in the coming-of-age film as Hailee Steinfeld’s devastating teenager beaming best friend. seventeen edge And as a prisoner kidnapped by James McAvoy in psychological horror Split.
Her first starring role as an architecture enthusiast in 2017’s Indie columbuswas a revelation– New Yorkerof Richard Brody wrote: A contagious turn when a teenager traveled across US states to get an abortion. not pregnant (2020), continued. She’ll return to film later, but now she’s still dancing and giving weekly lessons to people in their 80s, though she’s playing the lead role. white lotusHBO’s smash hit riches satire returns for a second season (on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV) set in Sicily.
In it, Richardson is gleefully baffled and lost as Portia, Jennifer Coolidge’s long-suffering assistant to deranged billionaire Tanya. When I first met her Portia, she was perched in the boat dock, half-squashed in her suitcase of 17 designer items that belonged to her boss. I have a lot of questions about Portia, but Richardson is difficult to get interviewed for. She’s a little crazy and keeps asking me about my life, but eventually she’s committed to talking about her new show. It looks like, but it’s caught behind the sofa and cuts the fringe. We’ll start with what she looks like working with Coolidge. “Honestly, I can’t help but laugh,” says Richardson. She does some very silly, bizarre, and socially unacceptable things, but somehow gets around it. I really struggled to act irritated and miserable around her because it just made the whole crew laugh.i have heard that Anchorman And s***, people just laughing during the take. But I had never experienced it before.
As she speaks, the cat’s giant white and brown float ball prowls across the screen. Durbin, Richardson’s pride and joy. “Hello Lauderbin!” she coos. She scoops him up and tucks her face into his fur. I’m worried about his health because she keeps him tight. “I love him. When he’s around, I become obsessed.” Durbin traveled to Italy while Richardson was filming white lotus. “He got along very well with me on the plane and in all the different apartments and hotels,” she says. I tweeted. Durbin wanders off.
back to the show. When Portia and Tanya arrive at White’s Lotus at her resort, Portia is immediately sent to her room so that Tanya does not get in the way of a romantic vacation she spends with her husband. Portia sneaks out of the suite – “I gotta eat!” Told. “But the menu is all pasta. “That’s the honest feeling I had in Sicily.
Because of last night’s wine, when Richardson begins to get to the heart of the drama’s themes, she literally squints at the effort. “Portia feels like she transcends the typical masculine-feminine dynamic,” she says. I still have a strong need for external fulfillment in the form of a good man.” At one point, Portia told Stanford alumnus Adam DiMarco’s Albie, who was flirting in a hotel: is talking to I just want to be fulfilled and have adventures. And I’m sick of TikTok and Bumble, fucking screens and apps and sitting there bingeing on Netflix. And I just want to live. I just want to live my life so badly. You want to meet someone who is completely ignorant of discourse, right? It’s a sublime example of writer Mike White’s astute social observations, showing how serious and pretentious yet hopeful young people can be. .
Last summer, months before Richardson and Durbin hit Sicily, Richardson was cast in one of the most coveted roles in the superhero genre: Batgirl. The part eventually went to Leslie Grace, but it was canned just in August of this year when production came to an end and sent the film world and its director into shock.Michael Keaton is set to reprise the role of Batman in a film for the first time in 30 years, with more than $100 million (£88.7 million) already poured in, but Warner Bros. Richardson was appalled to hear the news. “I feel really sorry for everyone who made that movie,” she says. “I know what it’s like to put your heart into something. It’s that big, it has that much money, it has that much energy, it has that much crew It’s so crazy and you can scrap it.
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There have been reports of unsuccessful test screenings. Richardson has previously landed roles in other big franchises, but laments the fact that the actors are rarely shown scripts beforehand. You’re definitely taking risks, and most of the time the priority in taking a job is to connect with the character, the material, the filmmaker, so it’s so scary and it makes me feel worse. I’ve heard stories of friends who are undergoing it, and they don’t even tell you who the character is. So you really hold out hope that things will work out. ”
The films she was cast in, actually produced, and which she is very proud of are: not pregnantco-star euphoriaof Barbie Ferreira.was modern Thelma & Louise But there are abortion stories. “Being in that movie and having all the public conversations about abortion was part of my growing up and letting go,” she says. I was worried that people would “hate” her because of the movie’s pro-choice message. And I’m not afraid people will hate me for that kind of thing…beautiful.”
It’s upsetting to hear that a young woman was afraid to speak up in a liberal society. But Richardson is proud of her film legacy. “Obviously I don’t want anyone to hate me. The main goal of the film is to get as many people as possible to see it so that it can start a conversation within the family, between mother and child. Abortion is such a personal decision and topic that if people saw it from a personal and intimate perspective like our film, just hearing about it from the government would change it.
After our conversation, Richardson said to me, She said Friday morning was just beginning for her and my Friday night was just beginning. If all goes well, I’ll know more or less how she feels tomorrow. she laughs Her eyes are slightly moist. “Have a nice night!!!” she yells.
‘White Lotus’ now available exclusively on Sky Atlantic and streaming services