Kara Hayward

Kara Hayward (born November 17, 1998) is an American actress. She is known for her lead role as Suzy Bishop in the 2012 feature film Moonrise Kingdom, which earned her a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film in 2013.[2] Three years later, she played Emily Parris, one of the lead roles in The Sisterhood of Night.[3]

Kara Hayward
Hayward in May 2012
Born (1998-11-17) November 17, 1998[1]

Early life and career

Hayward was born and raised in Andover, Massachusetts. She went to an open casting call for Moonrise Kingdom and was chosen for the role of Suzy Bishop. It was her first audition for a feature film.[4] She had no professional acting experience prior to being cast.[5]

USA Today ran a feature on Hayward and her Moonrise Kingdom co-star Jared Gilman on May 22, 2012.[6]

She moved to Los Angeles after graduating high school, saying, "I know what I want to do." Soon after, she got the role of Iris Deerborne in To the Stars.[7]

Personal life

Hayward has been a member of Mensa since she was nine years old.[4] She attended Andover High School, a public school in Andover, Massachusetts.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Moonrise Kingdom Suzy Bishop Won - PFCS Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated - Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer
Nominated - CFCA Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated - Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress
2015 The Sisterhood of Night Emily Parris
Quitters Etta
Fan Girl James A.K.A. Jamie
2016 Manchester by the Sea Silvie McCann
Paterson Female Student
2018 Isle of Dogs Peppermint (voice)
2019 To the Stars Iris Deerborne
Us Nancy / Syd
2020 The Social Dilemma Cassandra
Drunk Bus Kat
TBA Slayers Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rachel Burns 1 episode
2013 White Collar Bee Wolcott 1 episode
2017 Haters Back Off Amanda 5 episodes
2020–2021 The Shadow Diaries Shana Secco Voice role; podcast[8]


  1. Brillantes, Mariam (June 29, 2012). "'Moonrise Kingdom' Star Kara Hayward Takes Questions From Tweens - Speakeasy - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  2. "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on April 2, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  3. "'The Sisterhood Of Night' Wonders What These Girls Are Up To". NPR.org. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  4. "Moonrise Kingdom | A Focus Features Film | Kara Hayward Bio". Focusfeatures.com. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  5. "Freshman Living Double Life as Actress". The Warrior Weekly. December 17, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  6. "Young stars of 'Moonrise Kingdom' are standouts –". Usatoday.com. May 22, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  7. "Interview: Kara Hayward on 'To the Stars', Preparing for a Role and More!". Daily Actor. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  8. "Studio71 To Drop First Scripted Podcast, A Halloween Genre-Bender With Madelaine Petsch". Tubefilter. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
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