Naples, FL, native Haley Bennett entered show business in the mid- to late 2000s, juggling ambitions as a singer, songwriter, actress, and poet. The multihyphenate (who reportedly began authoring poetry and songs at the age of 14) moved with her mother to Southern California immediately after high school graduation to accommodate her dreams of becoming a Hollywood star and promptly landed both representation and a key role as a pop diva in the Hugh Grant/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Music and Lyrics. The part, of course, suited Bennett perfectly, as it enabled her to demonstrate her abilities in multiple spheres; as a follow-up, the ingénue switched genres altogether to star in the title role of the psychological thriller The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008); in that film, she played a high school student whose torturous past suddenly and shockingly catches up with her. The same year, Bennett starred in the teen-oriented sex farce College as co-ed Kendall. Meanwhile, at about the same time, Bennett began work on her first pop album.