If you’re a fan of FOX’s hit Tuesday comedy lineup, you are well aware of the show The Grinder. Sure, there are famous names such as Rob Lowe and Fred Savage, but the real stars are the names you need to know now. We’re talking about names like actress Hana Hayes, who plays the daughter of Fred Savage and Mary Elizabeth Ellis. We got a chance to chat with the rising star to learn more about how she got the role, her advice to younger actresses, and her upcoming fashion line.
Cliché: The Grinder is lined up next to some of the biggest shows on TV (ex: New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Going back to the beginning, how did you learn about the role of Lizzie and book the part?
Hana Hayes: Well, when I first received the audition for Lizzie, the character description sounded nothing like me, so I was almost going to pass on auditioning for the part. Boy, am I glad I didn’t. When I found out that I booked the role, I was over the moon. It was the first series regular role that I had ever gotten.
What’s been the absolute best thing working on set?
Honestly, I can’t just pick one thing. Being on the show has been one of the best experiences of my life. I love all of the people that I work with. I have the same feeling when I’m going to work as when I’m going to meet a group of my close friends. Everyone is so kind and supportive and constantly making each other laugh.
What is it like working next to Fred Savage, Rob Lowe, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, and William Devane?
They are all extremely talented actors, and I love watching their process. I picked up a lot just from watching them do what they do, and I feel privileged to be able to do so.
The Grinder is a clever comedy show. However, what other genres would you love to explore and land a role in?
Up until this show, I was mainly a dramatic actress. I love dramatic roles and that is a genre I definitely look forward to exploring more of in the future.
I read in a previous interview that you used to put on your own plays. What kind of plays could we see you doing?
I would love to do musicals. I definitely have to continue my vocal training if it’s something I plan on seriously pursuing, but I think it would be really fun.
You’re one of the Instagram queens of our day. It’s true! What do you think is the best thing about social media?
I love getting to connect with my followers. I feel like Instagram (and other social media platforms) are such great ways to communicate with people all over the world.
You and your mom plan on launching a fashion line together, correct? Can you tell us a little about that?
Well, we are definitely in the very beginning stages, but I would work on the street wear and my mom would do evening wear.
For younger girls looking up to you, what advice would you give to an aspiring actress?
Well, I know it’s said constantly, but you really can’t give up. This industry is extremely difficult, and rejection is prevalent. You have to be persistent. I promise you it will pay off. I would also say that during those times when you are not working to take as many classes as you can. It is extremely important to learn as much about your craft as possible.
Looking ahead into the future, where would you like to see yourself in five or ten years?
In five or ten years, I would love to still be working in the film industry. If not in front of the camera, behind it.
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‘The Grinder’ Star Hana Hayes Proves She is One to Watch: Photographed by Nikko Lamere