In a 2018 profile, Hailie detailed the many obstacles she’s faced while carving out her own path in Hollywood. “I think for a cisgender girl, there’s a blueprint,” she stated. “There’s Halle Berry or Meryl Streep — there are other women who you can look up to and figure out, ‘OK, they took these steps to get here.'”
But there was no Laverne Cox or Jamie Clayton when she was first starting out. “I had to literally get on my knees and pray and really have faith in myself — keep going after auditions, keep taking meetings,” Hailie shared.