Half the Duffs
"Hilary and I get along so well, it's sick. Every chance we get, we spend time together." Haylie Duff.
Actress and pop singer Haylie Duff, the older sister of tween queen Hilary Duff, was first noticed while playing Cousin Amy (2002-2003) on the Disney Channel's hit kids’ show “Lizzie McGuire.” She later received more attention for playing a stereotypical popular teenager, mean-spirited Summer Wheatly, in the acclaimed comedy Napoleon Dynamite (2004). Since 2005, Haylie has joined the cast of the WB’s long-running series “7th Heaven,” playing Sandy Jameson.
Recently costarring with Hilary in the Material Girls (2006), Haylie is also set to appear in the upcoming films Foodfight! (voice), Legacy, My Sexiest Year, and I Remember. On stage, she is currently joining the Broadway cast of the musical “Hairspray,” playing the role of Amber Von Tussle.
The 5' 5'' tall young actress, who once dyed her hair blonde but has returned to her natural roots as a brunette, appeared on the cover of Maxim in January 2006 and is featured in their Girls of Maxim gallery. More personally, she briefly dated actor Erik Von Detten (born on October 3, 1982) and once revealed that she has a big crush on actor Josh Hartnett (born July 21, 1978; currently the boyfriend of actress Scarlett Johansson).
Childhood and Family:
"Jealousy is not an issue. It wouldn't be acceptable in our family." Haylie Duff.
In Houston, Texas, Haylie Katherine Duff was born on February 19, 1985. Her father is a convenience store owner named Bob Duff her mother is producer Susan Duff, who was born on May 12, 1953. Two years after her birth, on September 28, 1987, her younger sister, future actress and singer Hilary Duff was born.
Haylie Duff, nicknamed Hayls, attended Harvard University with her sister and is currently taking correspondence courses with the school. Until now, she keeps her hometown, Houston, Texas, as her residence.
Part of the Stars
"Naturally, everyone thinks siblings would be jealous over each other and fighting, but my dad always said, 'If you ever fight over a part or cry over a part, you guys have to come home!'" Haylie Duff.
Haylie Duff has begun dancing ballet at an early age and toured with the Cechetti Ballet in the mid 1990s. At age 10, she landed a role in the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company’s production of “The Nutcracker.” She soon moved on television and debuted with a tiny, uncredited turn in the CBS 1997 romantic Western drama miniseries “True Women” (starring Dana Delany, Annabeth Gish and Angelina Jolie), adapted from Janice Woods Windle's book with the same name. She followed it up with a supporting role as Martha Jean Pruitt, in the 1997 TV movie Hope, helmed by first-time director Goldie Hawn.
Later that year, Duff moved to Los Angeles for further acting career. She immediately scored a role in the direct-to-video sequel Addams Family Values, directed by Dave Payne. After the poorly-received project, Duff was cast to play the lead role of Jessica, the lonely niece of an eccentric costume shop proprietor (played by Shelley Duvall), in director Bob Willems' critically lauded Dreams in the Attic (2000). That same year, she was spotted as a guest in an episode of CBS’ hit hospital drama “Chicago Hope.”
The next year, Duff appeared in writer-director Dan Passman's 25-minute comedy The Newman Shower, a coming-of-age teen escapade set in the late 1980’s at a summer camp. She also guest starred in two episodes of Fox’s drama comedy “Boston Public.” Afterward, she began gaining popularity while playing the recurring role of Lizzie's Cousin Amy (late 2002-early 2003) on the Disney Channel’s kiddie hit series “Lizzie McGuire,” that starred her sister Hilary. Meanwhile, she continued making appearances on TV, in an episode of NBC’s drama series "Third Watch" and NBC’s musical show “American Dreams,” as the real life Weiss sisters from the girl group the Shangri-Las, alongside sister Hilary. She also appeared in Adam Goldberg's 2003 film I Love Your Work, starring Giovanni Ribisi, Christina Ricci, Franka Potente, and Joshua Jackson.
When Duff had a small, but memorable turn as bad girl Katina Jones in an episode of Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven,” writer-director Jared Hess was so impressed and subsequently handed her a role as the pretty, popular, and preppy blonde Summer Wheatley, in his quirky new independent movie Napoleon Dynamite (2004; starring Jon Heder). The film, based on the short film Peluca, made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2004 and won three MTV Movie Awards in 2005. Its success has catapulted many of its stars, including Haylie Duff, on to bigger and better things.
Afterward, Haylie and her sister lent their voice in the animated direct-to-video In Search of Santa (2004) and Haylie later went to costar with Marshall Allman and Luke Perry in Mikey Hilb's skateboarding drama Dishdogz (2005). And TV viewers could catch her guest starring in an episode of UPN sitcom "One on One," ABC’s sitcom "Complete Savages" and reuniting with Hilary in a multi-episode arc of the CBS drama “Joan of Arcadia” (playing Stevie Marx). She also joined the cast of the WB series “7th Heaven” for its tenth and final season. In the long running, Duff played Sandy Jameson, a pregnant college student who throws young Martin Brewer’s (played by Tyler Hoechlin) life into turmoil.
“We had the best time and it was like having your best friend at work with you every day-and a safety net. You felt like you could try new things and somebody was there to be like, 'Maybe that wasn't the best.' Or, 'Maybe try it this way.'" Haylie Duff (on costarring with sister Hilary in Material Girls (2006)).
More recently, Haylie teamed with Hilary for director Martha Coolidge's satirical teen comedy Material Girls (2006). In the film, they played wealthy and spoiled socialite sisters, both heiresses to their family's cosmetics fortune, who later had to life without their fortune following the wake of a scandal. Being asked about the film, Haylie said: "We knew that Material Girls (2006) wasn't going to be the kind of movie everybody would say was going to win awards, so we don't really care what people say, and I don't mean that in a mean way."
Haylie also made her Broadway debut as Amber Von Tussle in the musical "Hairspray." Commenting on her work in the Tony-winning play, Haylie said: “I love it. “Hairspray” is exhilarating and different than anything that I’d done before and I’m doing the new season of “7th Heaven,” at the same time. So, it’s a little intense. But “Hairspray” itself is so much fun. You can be so tired and worn out and then, at the end of the day, the minute that music starts, there is this energy that is undeniable. Anyone who has seen that show gets what I’m talking about. It’s a really special group of people and the whole show is really magical.”
Back to the big screen, Haylie just completed her new film for director Lawrence Kasanoff, the animated Foodfight! (alongside Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff). She is currently filming Irving Rothberg's drama comedy Legacy, writer-director Howard Himelstein's romantic coming-of-age film My Sexiest Year, and writer-director Joe Adams' horror I Remember.
Adding to her acting career, Haylie, who was in a band called Trilogy, is also a talented singer. She has sung for several movie soundtracks, including The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003; "Girl In The Band"), Raising Helen (2004; "Sweetest Pain"), Stuck In The Suburbs (2004; "A Whatever Life"), A Cinderella Story (2004; "One In This World" and "Our Lips Are Sealed" (with Hilary Duff)) and Family Guy: Live in Vegas (2005 "Babysitting Is A Bum Deal" (duet with Stewie Griffin)). For her latest movie, Material Girls (2006), Haylie sang duet with sister and costar Hilary a Timbaland-produced cover version of Madonna's song "Material Girl." She has also collaborated with Hilary singing "Same Old Christmas" and "The Siamese Cat Song" (also its Cat-Scratch Remix).