Haley Hauser knew acting would be her career path ever since starring in her first theater production at age 6.
“I fell in love with (acting),” said the 14-year-old Gig Harbor native.
After auditioning in May, Hauser landed a coveted part in Disney’s “Girl Meets World,” now in its second season. Originally trying for a small background part, she so impressed writer/producer Michael Jacobs with her audition that she got a bigger role as a “classroom kid,” still a background part but with more on-camera lines.
“I absolutely love it,” Hauser said of filming and being on set. “I could do it all day, every day.”
Hauser’s current path began with a Florida talent show in the winter of 2013, where she met an independent producer who told her about a pilot camp being held in California. It was here that Hauser met her current agent, which led to her audition for Disney.
For Starla, Hauser’s mother, the acting journey didn’t come as any surprise.
“Haley has always been a little ham. She was the only one with her lines memorized in the play when she was 6,” she said.
In fourth grade, Hauser had the lead in her grade school play at Harbor Heights Elementary. Through middle school she performed with PenMet Family Theater, working with director Kathy McGilliard and playing the lead in several productions including “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Filming on “Girl Meets World” is scheduled to end in October, at which point Hauser and her mom plan to move back to Gig Harbor to rejoin her three older brothers and father. Her mom will also be continuing treatment for breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with in 2009.
Hauser is unsure on what she and her parents plan to do for high school this fall, since attending traditional high school is hard around her filming schedule. Traditional high school would require multiple transfers, since “Girl Meets World” resumes filming in January in California. They will likely continue with the online program that Hauser is currently enrolled in.
“I knew coming into this industry that I would be missing out on things,” the teenager said, referring to traditional high school events such as Homecoming and prom.
But she doesn’t have any regrets about her choice to pursue acting over a traditional high school experience.
“It’s been fun and exciting and definitely something different,” Hauser said. “Everyone’s been so kind and supportive, not one person has been snotty or mean.”
“Girl Meets World” is not Hauser’s first television role; she has a part in an episode of the long-running “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” which aired in January. She is also contracted for an independent feature film, set to begin filming in August, but it has been temporarily postponed.
“I’m so proud of her but I’m not surprised,” said Starla about her daughter’s success so far.
Hauser has wanted to be on the Disney Channel ever since she was little, she said.
For Hauser, the support and encouragement she’s received had made all the difference.
“I have an amazing support group. It’s been a long journey, but it’s been fun,” Hauser said.