‘Midsommar’ almost cast ‘The White Lotus’ star Haley Lu Richardson


Midsommar almost cast The White Lotus star Haley Lu Richardson
‘Midsommar’ almost cast ‘The White Lotus’ star Haley Lu Richardson

Midsommar may have been the role that made Florence Pugh, it was not for ‘The White Lotus’ star Haley Lu Richardson. 

Haley Lu Richardson snubbed the opportunity to star in Ari Aster’s iconic horror film Midsommar, the actress recently revealed.

Speaking on In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast Haley Lu Richardson admitted that despite being moved by the script, she rejected the project.

“I remember reading it; it was such a well-written, creepy script,” Richardson said. “I actually still haven’t seen the movie because I kind of can’t bring myself to watch it. They wanted to meet me….”

Richardson divulged she passed up on the film because she had had enough of disturbing films after starring in the 2016 psychological thriller Split; about a mentally ill man who abducts teenage girls.

“I had actually done Split, I think, a year or two before,” Richardson said.

“And I was like, I don’t want to do another disturbing movie right now. I just don’t have it in me, going around and crying at these disturbing things. It wasn’t something that I wanted, and I felt really strongly about that. So I didn’t even take the meeting.”

She acknowledged that Midsommar has become a classic and Florence Pugh was remarkable as the lead, but she believes everything happens for a reason. Despite not taking the role, Richardson’s career has taken off following ‘The White Lotus‘.

Richardson plays Portia in The White Lotus; personal assistant to Tanya McQuoid, (Jennifer Coolidge) who joins Tanya and her reluctant husband Greg (Jon Gries), on their vacation to a lavish Sicilian resort.


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