FMM: Tell us about the first time you saw yourself in a national commercial. HR: I was in 4th grade and it was for the first Fur Real Friends talking cat. There were a lot of people who didn’t know I was an actress so everyone would call the house and ask, “Is that Haley?” FMM: How do you prepare for a role? Any special routine? HR: Giving my characters a back story in my mind really helps flesh out where I need to take the role. I need to spend a few hours with just myself and the character to work it all out. FMM: What is it about acting and performing that makes you feel alive? How did you know that was what you were meant to do? HR: Being allowed to be someone else, to walk in their shoes and to bring them to life for an audience is joy to me. I know it sounds trite but I think some people are born to do this. That was probably a surprise for my family because I didn’t talk until late. The true story is that when I was three I spoke the longest sentence I had ever spoken. “I’m not leaving with you Mommy. I am waiting on my real mommy to pick me up in her pink Cadillac and take me to Hollywood.” That was years before I ever took an acting class. I still have a thing for vintage Cadillacs. FMM: What has been your favorite role so far? HR: I am having too much fun playing Brenna on Chasing Life. FMM: What do you do to relax and have fun? HR: I have a great group of friends and we’re the 70 || FAS HI O N M A G A Z I N E || MAY / JUNE 2015 “hanging out” kind of people as opposed to the “club going” kind of people. I love walking our dog, cooking, “trailer” camping because I’m too wimpy to sleep on the ground, and vintage shopping. FMM: Favorite food? HR: I can’t narrow that down! Tex Mex, Sushi, German food. FMM: How do your Texas roots influence you and your career success? HR: Texas women are strong women, and I think I’ve still got a lot of Texas in me. I have a hard time taking no for an answer. FMM: What is your favorite thing about playing Brenna on the ABC show Chasing Life, your first series regular role on television? HR: The fact that Brenna is so human and not afraid to show it. She likes herself just the way she is. She doesn’t believe in labels even though others try to label her “lesbian” or “wild”. To Brenna, she is just herself.