Like a few known celebrities, Lucy Hale entered the entertainment industry through music but found her way to stardom as an actress. She undoubtedly first attained prominence as a singer but recent trends show that the bulk of her fame comes from her burgeoning career in acting on television and film projects. The young actress seems intent on performing and wooing her audience in whatever form that she can so she wears both hats of acting and singing spectacularly. Her activities have attracted a multitude of fans that are curious to know more about the movie star’s life both on set and behind the curtain.
Lucy Hale Contested in The American Juniors Reality Show as a Teenager
Lucy Hale was born Karen Lucille Hale on the 14th of June, 1989 in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the daughter of a registered nurse named Julie Knight who was married to Preston Hale. From what is obvious, her parents have nothing to do with the glittery world of showbiz but the case is different for the American born artist who started making strides towards having a showbiz career as a teenager.
Lucy was still in her mid-teens in 2003 when she came out to contest in the American Juniors reality show and finished in fourth place. Attaining the fourth position on the show put her into a group of the top 5 finishers dubbed American Juniors. This group included youngsters like The Thompson Sisters (Tori & Taylor Thompson), Chauncey Matthews, Danielle White, and Lucy Hale.
The American Juniors had a few gigs, but unfortunately, they did not last long and had to go their separate ways in 2004 when the group’s self-titled studio album could not rack up adequate sales.
Her Journey To Becoming A professional Actress Was A Bit Slow
After the failed stint with the American Juniors, Lucy Hale decided to move to Los Angeles in search of greener pastures. The emerging star had hopes of getting a record deal but no label offered her a contract. Instead, she started getting bit roles in shows like Drake & Josh and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. Lucy also recorded a few guest appearances in Wizards of Waverly Place where she was cast as Miranda Hampson. She appeared as Katie Scherbatsky in How I Met Your Mother and was also part The O.C., Ruby & the Rockits, and Private Practice.
Though coming from a music background helped, the American artist had to pay her dues on the way up the success ladder by taking on several cameo roles as well as guest appearances. Slowly but surely, a career in acting emerged and Lucy Hale is now best known for her role on Pretty Little Liars, the Freeform series where she played Aria Montgomery.
The series lasted for all seven seasons starting from 2010 to 2017, with the actress’s performance being praised by critics. In 2010, she won a Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice Summer TV Star: Female for her portrayal of Aria Montgomery.
Lucy Hale Has Recorded A lot Of Acting Roles On Both The Big Screen And The Small Screen
Prior to her Teen Choice Award victory, Lucy Hale in 2007 joined the cast of Bionic Woman where she played the role of Becca – the younger sibling of the title character Jaime Sommers portrayed by Michelle Ryan. Her big-screen debut was then achieved in the following year on the set of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 where she gave expression to the character of Effie Kaligaris, Lena Kaligaris’s younger sister.
After a month, Lucy played the lead in Privileged as Rose Baker alongside Ashley Newbrough and JoAnna Garcia but the show was prematurely canceled as a result of low ratings. Other projects she has appeared in include the comedy-drama Sorority Wars as well as the mystery-thriller Fear Island.
In 2010, Lucy Hale appeared in an episode of CSI: Miami before bagging a cameo role in the slasher film, Scream 4, as Sherrie in 2011. Later on, she was cast in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song as singer Katie Gibbs in September 2011.
On the 25th of April 2012, she hosted a Punk’d episode which saw her successfully prank her Pretty Little Liars co-stars; Ian Harding, Vanessa Hudgens, and Josh Hutcherson. Next up, she voiced a character in Secret of the Wings – the animated Disney where she portrayed the twin sister of Tinker Bell named Periwinkle.
Recent Roles of the Actress and Her Future Projects
Lucy Hale’s role as Stella Abbott in The CW comedy-drama series Life Sentence was canceled after only one season in 2018. Before the year ran out, however, she starred in three movies: Dude, Truth or Dare, and The Unicorn.
In 2019, Lucy began to portray the title character in another The CW network show titled Katy Keene. The following year, she appeared in Fantasy Island – the supernatural horror film where she breathed life into the lead role of Melanie Cole. Lucy is set to show up in upcoming productions like A Nice Girl Like You where she will also function as the co-producer and The Hating Game.
Her Work as a Show Host and Appearances in Television Commercials
As expected from an entertainer who is enjoying a very successful career, Lucy Hale started attracting the attention of top brands who wish to leverage her popularity in promoting their products. She announced her new capacity as the brand ambassador for beauty brand Mark Girl on June 11, 2013.
The next year, she was the co-host of the MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show alongside Sway Calloway. The American celeb has equally collaborated with Darren Criss to co-host the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. She co-hosted the same show with David Dobrik in 2019. Hale has further co-hosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest in Times Square from 2016 to date.
Hale’s Music Career Has Since Gotten a Lifeline
Though it has taken quite a while, Lucy Hale’s music dreams seemed to be coming true amidst the unplanned success of her movie career. She has made appearances in music videos like Chase Jordan’s “Lose Control”, Foy Vance’s “She Burns”, and “Come Back Down to Earth” by Jackson Harris. She has also served as Carly Pearce’s backup singer and was referenced with the 2010 song “Lucy Hale” by the Lost Orchards music group.
In 2012, the singer cum actress announced that she had signed her sought-after record deal with Hollywood Records. The announcement for the release of her debut studio album which was titled Road Between followed on February 18, 2014. The album was later released on the 3rd of June the same year – great strides for an actress who has been known to call music her first love.
In 2015, Rascal Flatts’ “Let It Go” for the Disney animated film, Frozen, was performed in collaboration with Hale and she was later featured on the compilation album, We Love Disney. Lucy Hale later recorded a couple of songs; “You’re Here” and “Mistletoe” on the Christmas album, A Hollywood Christmas, that came to light on the 8th of December 2017.
Lucy Hale Has Dated Quite a Handful of Men in Her Life
In February 2018, after wrapping up the shoot for season one of Life Sentence, Lucy Hale was photographed kissing actor Riley Smith, her co-star on the show. The photograph saw Lucy holding up a white rose which was speculated to be a gift from Smith after the two had dinner together at the Pace restaurant in Los Angeles.
The two also frequently showed up on posts on each other’s social media walls. Their romance is believed to have taken off after Lucy split with her boyfriend of two years, singer Anthony Kalabretta. The new romance, however, did not seem to last long as the actress was later linked to actor Ryan Rottman who she was spotted out with for a Starbucks coffee in California.
The list of Lucy Hale’s ex-lovers has since grown and is only comparable to that of Taylor Swift as she has been involved with people like Alex Marshall, Kendall Schmidt, Paul Iacono, David Henrie, Graham Rogers, Chris Zylka, and Jean Luc Bilodeau. Currently, she is believed to be in a relationship with singer Joel Crouse.