Haley Bennett Love

No, that’s not Jennifer Lawrence you’re seeing in those The Girl on the Train trailers — it’s Haley Bennett!

The Ohio native has exploded onto the scene thanks to significant roles in several buzzworthy films this fall: Girl on the TrainThe Magnificent Seven and Warren Beatty‘s latest directorial effort Rules Don’t Apply. Here are five things to know about the young woman you’re about to see everywhere:

1. She already has a list of high profile roles under her belt.

Although Bennett seems like a fresh face, the 28-year-old has actually been working in Hollywood for nearly ten years. She got her start in the Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant movie Music and Lyrics in 2007 and later landed small roles in movies like Marley & Me and The Haunting of Molly Hartley. Bennett also appeared alongside Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer in 2014, before reuniting with the duo for The Magnificent Seven.

In addition to The Girl on the Train and The Magnificent Seven, Bennett will be appearing in the highly anticipated Rules Don’t Apply, written and directed by the legendary actor Warren Beatty. Bennett appears alongside stars Lily Collins, Alec Baldwin and Beatty himself.

2. She can also sing — but sometimes it leads to angry red hives.

When the actress made her debut in Music and Lyrics, she also showed off her vocal skills! She performed several songs in the movie, including a duet with Grant. But performing wasn’t always easy for her.

“I was so terrified before an audience that I would break out in these ugly red hives, and my lips would quiver at the sight of a word or a song,” she told Interview about her early performing days.

3. She’s a modern-day Martha Stewart.

She cooks! She bakes! Her backup career plan is to be a chef.

“If acting doesn’t work out, I’m probably going to be a professional chef,” Bennett told The LA Times. “You’ll see me on Top Chef someday. My Midwestern hospitality needs an outlet, you know?”

Bennett takes this role so seriously that she even bakes for her costars, once bringing a peach cobbler to the Fourth of July party on TheMagnificent Seven set. She also brought Antoine Fuqua an apple pie when he invited her to audition for the movie.

4. Yes, she gets mistaken as Jennifer Lawrence. A lot.

Granted, it may just be because they’re both blonde, young and pretty, but there certainly seems to be a resemblance between Bennett and The Hunger Games star.

“I get recognized all the time, but not as Haley Bennett,” the actress told GQ. “Everyone thinks I’m Jennifer Lawrence! It’s hilarious — people are like, ‘Hey, Jen!’ ”

5. She’s hunted since she was young and knows how to “dress a deer.”

Raised by a single father in the woods of Ohio, the actress was actually a bit of a tomboy.

“My dad was a single father, and he was a hunter. I learned how to shoot when I was pretty little,” the actress also told Interview. “My dad would take me deer hunting with him, which was pretty traumatic — Bambi was one of my favorite movies.”


Haley Bennett has joined Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel in the untitled psychological thriller that adapts the Patricia Highsmith novel The Blunderer.

Sierra Pictures is financing the film along with 120dB Films and Electric Shadow. The movie began production this week with Andy Goddard in the director’s seat. Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa, along with Ted Hope and Sierra Pictures are producing.

Set in early 1960s New York, the story follows Walter Stackhouse (Wilson), a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara (Biel) who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective while at the same time lusting after another woman.

Imogen Poots was initially cast as the other woman but the part will now be played by Bennett.

Highsmith is the author behind Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

The movie began shooting this week in Cincinnati.

Bennett recently appeared with Denzel Washington in The Equalizer and has several projects in post, among them Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughes picture and Tarrence Malick’s latest drama, whose cast includes Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender.


Celebrities and filmmakers from across the world will be descending on Toronto for the 39th Toronto International Film Festival in just a few weeks, and this morning TIFF revealed the full list of stars expected on the red carpets, at the films, and around the city at all of the parties.

Among the stars announced were: Rosario Dawson, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Roger Waters, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Antoine Fuqua, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kevin Costner, Xavier Dolan, Robert Duvall, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benicio del Toro, Alice Eve, Andrew Garfield, Bill Murray, Bill Nighy, Kevin Smith, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Jon Stewart, and hundreds of others.

TIFF 2014 runs from September 4 to 14, 2014. Scroll down for the full list of stars and filmmakers, listed by last or middle name.

The official film schedule was also released today and is available at TIFF Bell Lightbox or online at tiff.net/festival. It is also available on August 21 in the Toronto Star and Metro newspapers.

Actors, Stars & Guests:
A to C:
Liam Aiken, Jennifer Aniston, Loreto Aravena, Gemma Arterton, Dorothy Atkinson, Charlotte Aubin, Marion Bailey, Ellen Barkin, Isaach De Bankolé, Jason Bateman, Haley Bennett, Sonja Bennett, Melissa Benoist, Juliette Binoche, Evan Bird, Douglas Booth, John Boylan, Jordana Brewster, Connie Britton, Daniel Bru?hl, Arabella Bushnell, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Steve Carell, Josh Charles, Justin Chatwin, Justin Chon, Priyanka Chopra, Hayden Christensen, Sam Claflin, Richard Clarkin, Patricia Clarkson, Suzanne Clément, Jennifer Connelly, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kevin Costner, Marton Csokas, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Cusack.

D to G:
Rosario Dawson, Benicio del Toro, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Zhou Dongyu, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sarah Doucet, Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr., Brad Dryborough, Ger Duany, Robert Duvall, Ansel Elgort, Jillian Estell, Alice Eve, Vera Farmiga, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Morgan Freeman, Sarah Gadon, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gael García Bernal, Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Garner, Richard Gere, Greta Gerwig, Sophie Goulet, Holliday Grainger, Aidan Greene, Jessica Gunning, Jake Gyllenhaal.

H to L:
Kathryn Hahn, David Harbour, Alex Harrouch, Ken Harrower, Salma Hayek, Hannah Herzsprung, Dustin Hoffman, Nina Hoss, Holly Hunter, Max Irons, Jeremy Irvine, Johnny Issaluk, Christopher Jacot, Emmanuel Jal, Sian James, Felicity Jones, Jeremy Jordan, Reda Kateb, Diane Keaton, Catherine Keener, Anna Kendrick, Tory Kittles, Kevin Kline, Keira Knightley, Mpho Koaho, Chandia Bernadette Kodili, Nick Kroll, Lilianna La Greca, Allen Leech, Melissa Leo, Jane Levy, Justin Long, Alex Loubert, Steven Love.

M to R:
Elyas M´Barek, Anthony Mackie, Chris Mackie, Marte Magnusdotter Solem, Tobey Maguire, Brit Marling, Faye Marsay, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Meunier, Anthony Michael Hall, Antoine Monot Jr., Maika Monroe, Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Viggo Mortensen, Bill Murray, Ahmed Muslimani, Bill Nighy, Arnold Oceng, Jack O’Connell, Haley Joel Osment, Muna Otaru, Al Pacino, Nate Parker, Michael Parks, Robert Pattinson, Alex Paxton-Beesley, Jaime Pebanco, Simon Pegg, Lee Perkins, Rosamund Pike, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Plummer, Maxime Pomerleau, Colin Price, Bill Pullman, Tahar Rahim, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Redmayne, Ryan Reynolds, Sam Rockwell, Genesis Rodriguez, Mark Ruffalo, Rene Russo.

S to Z:
Adam Sandler, Romnick Sarmenta, Dan Savage, Tom Schilling, Ben Schnetzer, Ben Schwartz, Andrew Scott, Alexey Serebryakov, Amanda Seyfried, Michael Shannon, Dax Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Aidan Shipley, Bob Silvers, J.K. Simmons, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Ross Smith, Timothy Spall, Peter Spence, Abigail Spencer, Octavia Spencer, Hailee Steinfeld, Dan Stevens, Ben Stiller, Corey Stoll, Peter Stormare, Ma Su, Omar Sy, Channing Tatum, Miles Teller, Aliaune “Akon” Thiam, John Travolta, Alexandre Vallerand, Garrett Wareing, Denzel Washington, Ernardi Watimin, Danny Webb, Dominic West, Kuoth Wiel, Kristen Wiig, Cassie Williams, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Jung Woo-sung, Sam Worthington, Han Ye-ri and Zhao Wei.


Following a career boost from Terrence Malick’s taste for unknown female leads, Haley Bennett is moving on to “Kristy,” the psychological thriller from the Weinstein Company.
Oliver Blackburn (“Donkey Punch”) helms, with Anthony Jaswinski penning the script.

Described as a “Rosemary’s Baby” type thriller, the story follows a girl who is alone on campus over the Thanksgiving break when a random encounter with a gang of violent outcasts leads them to target her as their next victim. To survive, she must conquer her deepest fears to outwit them and fight back.


According to Deadline.com FX decided to air the pilot of “Outlaw Country” that they filmed nearly two years ago as an original movie.

More than two years after FX greenlighted Outlaw Country to pilot and almost a year after the network passed on the Nashville-set drama, the pilot is making it to air. Outlaw Country will air as an FX Original Movie this Friday at 10 PM, following a rebroadcast of Oscar-winning mob drama The Departed. There has been no promotion for the broadcast, which is considered a burnoff. The version that will air is the final pilot that was delivered to FX after it ordered script rewrite and reshoots last summer. I hear the pilot came in long, at about hour an a half, making it suitable to air as a movie. This is a rare public broadcast of a busted pilot not developed as a backdoor movie as they normally never see the light of day. Outlaw Country, a crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of Southern organized crime and Nashville royalty, starred Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett, Mary Steenburgen and John Hawkes. Outlaw Country was in the same pilot batch as Powers. FX passed on that pilot too but is keeping its prospects alive with a re-write by Charles H. Eglee.