Karen Lucille Hale was born on June 14, 1989 in Memphis Tennessee. Shortened to just Lucy Hale, or Lucy Kate Hale, Lucy was named after her grandmother, Jessie Kate Terry Caperton. The youngest of three, Lucy has a sister, Maggie, and a step-broher, Wes. At the age of eight, Lucy began taking voice lessons. Alongside her homeschooling, she began Education acting classes where she began to combine her talents for both singing and acting.
In 2003, Lucy made her debut in the public spotlight by appearing on “American Juniors.” During the show, she captured the hearts of many, and was voted into the top five group after she sang the 1980′s hit “Call Me.” That year, the group appeared on various television shows, such as “An American Idol Christmas”, “Entertainment Tonight”, and Nickelodeon’s “Slime Time Live”. After the American Juniors group dissolved, Lucy pursued her passion for acting.
In 2005, Lucy appeared in an episode of Nickelodeon’s “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” as Amy Cassidy. In this episode, the main characters explored alternate options for disection along with delaing with upperclassmen. In 2006, Lucy filmed the pilot for
“Serets of a Small Town” for ABC as Tisha Steele. The show follows citizens of a town after a mysterious murder takes place, and the victim’s sister dissappears. Unfortunately, the show was not picked up. That same year, Lucy appeared in an episode of Nickelodoen’s “Drake and Josh” as Hazel. During the episode, one of the main characters, Josh, acts in crime reenactments, and begins to receive unwanted attention. Also in 2006, Lucy appeared in an episode of “The O.C.” entitled Man of the Year as Hadley Hawthorne. In 2007, Lucy filmed the Pilot for CBS’s “American Family” as Brittany Jane. The show (which was not picked up) follows a family trying to display a calm and collected front. Later that year, Lucy appeared in and episode of “How I met Your Mother” as Katie Scherbatsky. In this episode, the main character’s sister (Hale) comes to city with her boyfriend with plans to take the relationship to the next level. Her siter and friends all try, and succeed, to talk her out of it, while sharing their personal stories along the way. From 2007 to 2008, Lucy appeared as Miranda, the spunky, gothic girlfriend of Justin in Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.”
Along with “American Family,” “How I met Your Mother,” and “Wizards of Waverly Place,” in 2007, Lucy was cast as Becca Sommers in NBC’s “Bionic Woman.” Lucy portrayed the little sister of Bionic Woman, an up-and-coming computer hacker. Appearing in 13 of the 14 episodes that were filmed, “Bionic Woman” was Lucy’s biggest TV role yet. Unfortunately, the show aired only eight episodes until it was cancelled during the writer’s strike in 2007.
In 2008, Lucy filmed the pilot for FOX’s “The Apostles,” which followed police officers trying to keep their job and personal life separate. Lucy played Rachel Rydell, daughter to one of the officers, Frank Rydell. Unfortunately, “The Apostles” was not picked up and never made it to primetime. Also in 2008, Lucy was cast as Effie, Lena’s younger sister, in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.” The filming for the movie took her to places such as the Greek island of Santorini, New York and Connecticut. Lucy’s character played an important role in the movie, changing the outcome and causing some drama.
Also during 2008, Lucy landed the role of Rose Baker on the CW’s “Privileged.” “Privileged” follows an aspiring writer, Megan (played by JoAnna Garcia) as she is taken in to tutor two rich twins, Rose (Hale), and Sage Baker (played by Ashley Newbrough). Lucy’s character, Rose, is the nicer of the two twins, and always tries to make her sister, Sage, happy. After its first season, the CW decided to cancel “Privileged.”
During 2009 and 2010, Lucy had a few guest appearances on shows like “Ruby and the Rockits,” “CSI:Miami,” and “Private Practice.” These roles allowed Lucy to show more of her dramatic side. In “Ruby and the Rockits,” Lucy played Ruby’s friend who ends up dating her brother. In “CSI: Miami,” she played a ‘Hannah Montanna’ type character who gets caught up in a murder mystery. In “Private Practice,” Lucy portrayed a teen mother who’s baby falls ill. All of these guest appearances led up to Lucy landing a main role in the ABC Family show “Pretty Little Liars.” Based on the books by Sara Shepard, Lucy plays Aria. Aria has to deal with family issues, dating drama, and like all of the girls, the mysterious “A” who sends them meesages after the murder of their friend, Alison. “Pretty Little Liars” is currently airing Mondays at 8/7c on ABC Family.
Lucy has stated on her official website message boards that she is working on her first unnamed solo album. Along with this, she recently filmed a movie entitled “Deep Cove” which is currently in post-production.