|Born||Karen Lucille Hale
(1989-06-14) June 14, 1989
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
|Other names||Lucy Kate Hale|
Karen Lucille “Lucy” Hale (born June 14, 1989) is an American actress and singer. Earlier in her career, she was sometimes credited as Lucy Kate Hale. Hale was one of five winners of the reality show American Juniors. She is 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.
Hale was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Julie Knight and Preston Hale. She was named after one of her great-grandmothers. Her mother is a registered nurse. She has an older sister, Maggie, and a step-sister, Kirby. Hale was homeschooled as a child. During her childhood, she took acting and singing lessons. In August 2012, Hale revealed she had suffered from an eating disorder.
Hale moved to Los Angeles at age 15 in the hopes of getting a record deal. Shortly after, she started auditioning and received a minor role on Drake & Josh 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). 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). Hale then co-starred in the CW series Privileged as Rose Baker, with Ashley Newbrough and Joanna Garcia. She starred in the Lifetime TV movie Sorority Wars.
In December 2009, Hale was cast as Aria Montgomery in the TV series Pretty Little Liars, based on the book series by Sara Shepard. Hale won a 2010 Teen Choice Award (“Choice Summer TV Star: Female”) for her portrayal of Aria on the show. In January 2010, Hale guest-starred on the CSI: Miami episode “Show Stopper”. In August 2010, she was cast in a cameo in Scream 4.
Hale was cast as the lead for A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song. Filming began in February 2011 and the film aired in January 2012. She hosted the April 25 episode of Punk’d where she successfully pranked Ian Harding, Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Hutcherson.
On June 11, 2013, Hale announced that she is the new Ambassador of the beauty brand Mark Girl. On July 29, 2013, it was announced that Hale and Darren Criss would co-host the 2013 Teen Choice Awards on August 11, 2013.
Hale described music as her “first love”. 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“. She also listened to Dixie Chicks. She recorded songs for A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song.
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. On June 12, 2012, it was announced that she had signed a record deal with Hollywood Records. Recording was set to begin later in 2012 with a single and a country album due in 2013. Kristian Bush of country band Sugarland said: “She sounds like Carrie Underwood—strong with a blues side and a pop side to it. And a lot like Faith Hill.” 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. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Philip Andelman. On February 18, 2014, it was announced that the album would be called Road Between, and that it would be released on June 3, 2014.
|2008||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2||Effie Kaligaris||as Lucy Kate Hale|
|2011||A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song||Katie Gibbs||Direct to video|
|2012||Secret of the Wings||Periwinkle (voice)|
|2016||Waiting on Roxie||Roxie||Short film|
|2005||Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide||Amy Cassidy||Episode: “Upperclassmen & Gross Biology Dissection”|
|2006||Secrets of a Small Town||Tisha Steele||Unsold television pilot|
|2006||Drake & Josh||Hazel||Episode: “Theater Thug”|
|2006||The O.C.||Hadley Hawthorne||Episode: “The Man of the Year”|
|2007, 2014||How I Met Your Mother||Katie Scherbatsky||2 episodes, “First Time in New York“, “Vesuvius“|
|2007||Bionic Woman||Becca Sommers||Main role (as Lucy Kate Hale); 8 episodes|
|2007||American Family||Brittany Jane||Television film|
|2007–08||Wizards of Waverly Place||Miranda Hampson||2 episodes|
|2008||The Apostles||Rachel Rydell||Television film|
|2008–09||Privileged||Rose Baker||Main role (as Lucy Kate Hale); 18 episodes|
|2009||Ruby & the Rockits||Kristen||Episode: “Smells Like Teen Drama”|
|2009||Private Practice||Danielle||Episode: “Pushing the Limits”|
|2009||Fear Island||Megan/Jenna||Television film|
|2009||Sorority Wars||Katie Parker||Television film|
|2010||CSI: Miami||Phoebe Nichols/Vanessa Patton||Episode: “Show Stopper”|
|2010–present||Pretty Little Liars||Aria Montgomery||Main role|
|2012||Punk’d||Herself||Episode: “Lucy Hale”|
|2014||Baby Daddy||Piper Stockdale||Episode: “Bonnie’s Unreal Estate”|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Hot Country||US Country Airplay||US||CAN|
|2014||“You Sound Good to Me“||21||47||88||57||Road Between|
|“Lie a Little Better“||—||54||—||—|
|US Country Digital||US Holiday Digital|
|2014||“Nervous Girls”||48||—||Road Between|
|2015||“Let It Go“(with Rascal Flatts)||—||—||We Love Disney|
|2003||“I’m Gonna Make You Love Me“||Kids in America|||
|“One Step Closer“||As part of American Juniors
Top 10 finalists
|“Kids in America“|
|2011||“Run This Town”||A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song|||
|“Make You Believe”|
|“You Sound Good to Me”||2014||Philip Andelman|
|“Lie a Little Better”|
|“She Burns”||2016||Gus Black||Foy Vance‘s music video, guest appearance|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Pretty Little Liars||Won|||
|2011||Young Hollywood Awards||Cast To Watch
(with Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson & Shay Mitchell)
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Won|||
|Capricho Awards||Best International Actress||Nominated|||
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Won|||
|2013||Gracie Allen Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Rising Star||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Won|||
|Young Hollywood Awards||Crossover of the Year||Herself||Won|||
|2014||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Cable TV Actress||Pretty Little Liars||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Won|||
|J-14 Teen Icon Awards||Iconic TV Actress||Nominated|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Artist On The Rise||Herself||Nominated|||
|2015||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Cable TV Actress||Pretty Little Liars||Nominated|||
|Favorite Country Female Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Pretty Little Liars||Won|
|2016||People’s Choice Awards||Favourite Cable TV Actress||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Nominated|