Lucy Hale

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Lucy Hale
Lucy Hale 2012.jpg
Hale at the People Choice Awards in 2012
Born Karen Lucille Hale[1]
(1989-06-14) June 14, 1989 (age 29)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Other names Lucy Kate Hale
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2003–present
Known for
Musical career
Genres Country[2]

Karen Lucille Hale[1] (born June 14, 1989[3][4]) is an American actress and singer. Early in her career, she was sometimes referred to as Lucy Kate Hale.[5][6] Hale first came to prominence as one of the five winners of the reality show American Juniors, a children's spin off of American Idol. She is best known for her role as Aria Montgomery on the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars, which won her a People's Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Actress in 2014. The same year, she released her debut studio album, Road Between.

Personal life

Hale was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Julie Knight and Preston Hale.[7][8] She was named after one of her great-grandmothers. Her mother is a registered nurse.[1] She has an older sister, Maggie,[1][9] and a step-sister, Kirby.[10] Hale was homeschooled as a child.[11] During her childhood, she took acting and singing lessons.[12] In August 2012, Hale revealed she had suffered from an eating disorder.[13]



Hale in 2018

Hale moved to Los Angeles at age 15 in the hopes of getting a record deal.[14][15] Shortly after, she started auditioning and received a minor role on Drake & Josh[16] and other guest roles on shows such as Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, The O.C., and How I Met Your Mother. She appeared in two episodes of the Disney Channel show Wizards of Waverly Place.

Hale appeared in NBC's short-lived re-imagining of the Bionic Woman as Becca Sommers, younger sister to title character Jaime Sommers (played by Michelle Ryan).[7] She made her big screen debut in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 portraying Effie, the younger sister of Lena Kaligaris (played by Alexis Bledel).[12] Hale then co-starred in The CW series Privileged as Rose Baker, with Ashley Newbrough and JoAnna Garcia.[17] She starred in the Lifetime television film Sorority Wars.[18]

In December 2009, Hale was cast as Aria Montgomery in the television series Pretty Little Liars, based on the book series by Sara Shepard.[19] Hale won a 2010 Teen Choice Award ("Choice Summer TV Star: Female") for her portrayal of Aria on the show.[20] In January 2010, Hale appeared as the singer Phoebe "Phoenicks" Nichols and her identical body double Vanessa Patton in CSI: Miami episode "Show Stopper".[21] In August 2010, she was cast in a cameo in Scream 4.[22]

Hale was cast as Katie Gibbs in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, the third installment of A Cinderella Story series and was released on direct to video in September 2011. She hosted the April 25, 2012 episode of Punk'd, where she successfully pranked her Pretty Little Liars co-star Ian Harding, Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Hutcherson.[23]

On June 11, 2013, Hale announced that she is the new Ambassador of the beauty brand Mark Girl.[24] In August 2014, Hale was host at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show.[25]

On March 16, 2017, Hale was cast as Olivia Barron in the Blumhouse supernatural thriller film Truth or Dare,[26] which was released in theaters on April 13, 2018.[27] Also in 2018, Hale began starring in The CW series Life Sentence, in the lead role of Stella Abbott, a woman who finds out that her terminal cancer is cured.[28] The show premiered on March 7[29] and ended on June 15, after only one season.[30]


Hale described music as her "first love".[31] Her early musical influences were Shania Twain and Faith Hill, but what ignited her interest in pursuing music was Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time".[32] She also listened to Dixie Chicks.[33] She recorded songs for A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song.[34]

She first appeared on television in the reality show American Juniors in 2003 and was part of the vocal quintet formed with the top 5 finishers, but the group disbanded in 2005 after lackluster sales.[35] On June 12, 2012, it was announced that she had signed a record deal with Hollywood Records.[36] Hale's debut single "You Sound Good to Me" was released on January 7, 2014, with her debut album to follow later in the year.[37] The song's accompanying music video was directed by Philip Andelman.[38] On February 18, 2014, Hale's debut studio album was announced to be called Road Between, released in June 2014.[39]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 American Juniors Herself / Contestant Season 1 winner
2005 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Amy Cassidy Episode: "Upperclassmen & Gross Biology Dissection"
2006 Drake & Josh Hazel Episode: "Theater Thug"
2006 O.C., TheThe O.C. Hadley Hawthorne Episode: "The Man of the Year"
2007, 2014 How I Met Your Mother Katie Scherbatsky Episodes: "First Time in New York", "Vesuvius"
2007 Bionic Woman Becca Sommers Main role; as Lucy Kate Hale
2007–2008 Wizards of Waverly Place Miranda Hampson Episodes: "First Kiss", "Pop Me and We Both Go Down"
2008–2009 Privileged Rose Baker Main role; as Lucy Kate Hale
2009 Ruby & the Rockits Kristen Episode: "Smells Like Teen Drama"
2009 Sorority Wars Katie Parker Television film
2009 Private Practice Danielle Palmer Episode: "Pushing the Limits"; as Lucy Kate Hale
2010 CSI: Miami Phoebe "Phoenicks" Nichols / Vanessa Patton Episode: "Show Stopper"
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Aria Montgomery Main role
2012 Punk'd Herself Episode: "Lucy Hale"
2014 Baby Daddy Piper Stockdale Episode: "Bonnie's Unreal Estate"
2018 Life Sentence Stella Abbott Main role


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, TheThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Effie Kaligaris As Lucy Kate Hale
2009 Fear Island Megan / Jenna Campbell
2011 Scream 4 Sherrie Cameo
2011 Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, AA Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song Katie Gibbs Direct-to-video
2012 Secret of the Wings Periwinkle Voice role
2016 Waiting on Roxie Roxie Hart Short film; also producer
2018 The Unicorn Jesse
2018 Truth or Dare Olivia Barron
2018 Dude Lily


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales

Road Between 4 14 13 57 US: 44,000+ [44]


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Hot Country Country Airplay US CAN
2014 "You Sound Good to Me" 21 47 88 57 Road Between
"Lie a Little Better" 54 Road Between

Other appearances

List of other notable songs or promotional singles
Year Album Title Peak position
Country Digital Holiday Digital
2014 Road Between "Nervous Girls" 48
N/A "Mistletoe"[45] 40
2015 We Love Disney "Let It Go" (with Rascal Flatts)
2017 N/A "You're Here"

Soundtrack appearances

Year Album Song Notes Ref.
2003 Kids in America "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" [46]
"One Step Closer" As part of American Juniors Top 10 finalists [46]
"Kids in America" As part of American Juniors Top 10 finalists [46]
2011 A Cinderella Story:
Once Upon a Song
"Run This Town" [47]
"Make You Believe" [47]
"Bless Myself" [47]
"Extra Ordinary" [47]

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Year Title Director
2014 "You Sound Good to Me" Philip Andelman
"Lie a Little Better" Philip Andelman
List of guest appearances on music videos
Year Title Artist Director
2011 "Lose Control (Take a Sip)" Chase Jordan Jeff Moriarty
2012 "Come Back Down to Earth" Jackson Harris Jordan Bloch
2016 "She Burns" Foy Vance Gus Black

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Pretty Little Liars Won [48]
2011 Young Hollywood Awards Cast to Watch
(with Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson & Shay Mitchell)
Pretty Little Liars Won [49]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Pretty Little Liars Won [50]
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Pretty Little Liars Won [51]
2013 Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Rising Star Pretty Little Liars Won [52]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Pretty Little Liars Won [53]
Young Hollywood Awards Crossover of the Year Herself Won [54]
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cable TV Actress Pretty Little Liars Won [55]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Pretty Little Liars Won [56]
MTV Europe Music Awards Artist On The Rise Herself Nominated [57]
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cable TV Actress Pretty Little Liars Nominated [58]
People's Choice Awards Favorite Country Female Artist Herself Nominated [58]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Pretty Little Liars Won [59]
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cable TV Actress Pretty Little Liars Nominated [60]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Pretty Little Liars Nominated [60]
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cable TV Actress Pretty Little Liars Nominated [61]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Pretty Little Liars Won [62]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Drama Truth or Dare Pending


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External links

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  • Lucy Hale on IMDb
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