Before the showHaley was conceived before her parents got married (as revealed in "Hawaii", her parents had to suspend their honeymoon to Hawaii because Claire got pregnant with Haley). This led to their elopement and telling everyone that the pregnancy was a surprise. It was explained that Haley was very close with her mother when she was younger, but they grew apart once she hit adolescence. She constantly bickers with her parents and younger siblings, but does seem to generally love and care about her whole family.
Appearance and Personality
Haley is young, pretty and attractive. She is of average height and is very maverick and rebellious, constantly going against her parents one way or another.
At some point in time, she comes off to be a bit promiscuous and sexual. In "Virgin Territory," Alex accidentally reveals to Phil that Haley has lost her virginity. Phil then asks Claire about this and she then admits that she knew this, as she got it out of Dylan. She is newly legal to have sex with older men, which is proved in "Party Crasher" when she dates a much older guy who would constantly touch her legs and tell dirty jokes, much to Phil and Claire's annoyance. Then in "Flip Flop", she is seen drinking in front of her parents, then drinks it too fast before a toast and says it is bad luck to toast with an empty glass. In "Spring Break", Haley is hinted to have put alcohol into her drink, as she accidentally gives her drink to Alex, Alex says she tastes something weird in her drink, which is implied to be alcohol, as Haley gives the camera an alarming awkward look.
Haley is shown to gradually mature as the series progresses, learning to take responsibility for her actions and future, taking care of her parents and siblings, and unexpectedly revealing moments of wisdom and uncommon prescience. Even so, she takes pleasure in using her shrewdness to occasionally take advantage of her parents and people around her for her benefit.
Haley is described by Claire in the "Pilot" as being very much like her when she was a teenager. So she tries to makes sure that her daughter won't make the same mistakes. Haley starts dating Dylan during the first episode, but it is revealed later on that she hasn't been single since she was 9. She is concerned about her popularity at school which she attributes to her embarrassment of her parents. She is learning to drive and isn't very good (she once refused to pull over when being signed by a police car because she was afraid of cops), but later improved and got her license. She and Dylan have an off-again on-again relationship as they do for most of the show.
Dylan wins Haley back after performing a song outside her house on Valentine's Day. Haley tells her family that she does not want to go to college because she believes it's a waste of time. But she later explains to Alex that she's scared about leaving high school since she's barely passing the 11th grade.
While vacationing with the family in Wyoming, Dylan proposes to Haley in front of her entire family. Claire immediately says no for her, causing tension in their relationship since Haley believes that her mother won't let her make her own decisions. Dylan ends up going missing, but he's later found after getting a job as a ranch hand. So they break up once again. She is afraid that she won't be accepted into a college, but she is wait-listed by a college at the end of "Election Day". After months of waiting and finally accepting that she won't be accepted into a college, she decides to move in with Dylan after she graduates. Luke confesses though that he hid her acceptance letter (along with a lot of other mail) because he doesn't want her to go. After finding out that she is in fact going to college, she and Dylan decide to go to prom.
Haley finally goes to the college as shown in "Schooled". But a few episodes later, she goes off to college only to be kicked out for underage drinking and (accidental) battery of a police officer. She then moves back in with her family and starts having to deal with the pressure from her parents to attend community college, go to work and get her life together in general before she is able to re-apply at the college next semester.
Haley is living back with her parents and attending community college. In "Three Dinners" she is pressured by her parents who do not believe she has any future plans or aspirations, but she proves them wrong by revealing her interest in fashion photography, and the blog she is keeping to earn extra money. In "ISpy", her work is featured in a photography exhibition (one of only five in her class chosen) and one of her photographs is sold. In one of the latest episodes, Haley's view on dating and men is changed when she is used by Phil and Andy as a proxy for his girlfriend. As he recites a passionate poem that he wrote for his long-distance girlfriend explaining that he loves her beyond compare and that he will spend his life trying to be worthy of her. Whilst in his arms, she looks into his eyes and begins to show signs of compassion for him, and even beginning to feel attraction towards him, but when he puts her down she acts as if she did not enjoy the experience. The season ends with Haley continuing to live at home and explore her fashion interests.
Haley is still living in the basement of the Dunphy house. She is now in her 20's and works for Gavin Sinclair as a fashion designer. She also begins having feelings for Andy; the manny (Man-Nanny). In "Connection Lost", Claire is in an airport heading back to home, but Haley doesn't answer her phone. Clare finally logs in on her fake Facebook profile and finds out that Haley is in Vegas and she got married. At the same time Alex and Phil got a book from postman and it´s about "What to Expect When You're Expecting". Finally it was revealed that Haley was at home all the time.
Haley is still living in the basement of the Dunphy's while working in fashion. Haley rushes to the beach with Claire to stop Andy from proposing to Beth, but in a moment, Claire asks her if this is what she wants: to break up Andy and be with him. Claire then asks if Andy might be a short fling until she gets with the next guy she dates and if he is, she's ruining his life with Beth for nothing. Still half-convinced she might be doing this as a fling she turns around but to her disappointment sees Andy get down on one knee and we visually see Beth tell him yes. She then realises that the future may have already been decided for her. A few months later we see that Haley is feeling depressed and seems to be always crying over what happened which gives Claire a chance to go back to before Haley grew up and was her own person, arguing back, she decides to start babying Haley like she did when Haley was a child. Although Haley seems sad, Claire seems to want it to stay this way as she is now back to being her little girl, who doesn't fight with her, instead, they drink wine in the evening together. The Dunphy family (excluding Alex Dunphy, she's in college) go to the mall to watch a movie after Phil notices that he needs to stop the pity party between her and Claire and sees that Haley really needs to get out. Phil spots Dylan at the movies and asks Claire if it looks like Dylan, realising that it is, but she doesn't want there to be a chance that Dylan and Haley get back together she says no but Phil calls him over which results in the reconciliation of Dylan and Haley's realtionship when he asks her out on a coffee date.
Haley's family are very important to her, they can also be viewed as her friends especially Gloria and Jay. In the first Season Haley tends to not want to be friends with her family, just family. However as the Seasons grow she finds herself becoming friends with Gloria, Jay, and Her Uncles Cam and Mitch. Her family and their relationships are listed below:
Alex is Haley's younger sister, she also happens to be her polar opposite. While Alex is smart, quick witted, and geeky, Haley is popular, outgoing and shallow. At the beginning of the series Haley and Alex had a much more strained relationship with Alex always trying to stand apart from her sister and Haley constantly mocking Alex on her life choices, such as clothing, homework, boys and Alex would return the mocking. As years have progressed the two girls have grown closer. Haley and Alex once convinced Luke that he was adopted, and Phil's old girlfriend wanted to take him home. Though they still mock and tease each other, it is in a more playful way and you know that they love and care about each other.
Claire is Haley's Mom, Claire makes sure that her daughter does not, in her words, "wake up on a beach in Florida half-naked". Claire tries to keep her daughter safe and protected. Although she doesn't do this with Alex as Alex is smarter than her family and knows what not to do. Claire and Haley had a very close relationship as Haley grew up, but when she became a teenager Claire and Haley grew apart and Haley became like her Mom, which is something that Claire fears, although they did grow apart they prove each time that they still have a very strong loving relationship.
Phil is Haley's Dad, Phil also makes sure that he tries to keep his daughter safe and protected, but usually he fails in the process, sometimes humiliating her. Phil tries his best to keep up with her, although gets scared he's going to lose her to boys. Phil has tried multiple times to keep Haley's virginity safe guarded although he failed, evidently:
In "Virgin Territory", whilst driving, Phil says "Don't worry girls we won't deprive ourselves because Haley's aversion", Alex mistakes the word 'aversion' for a 'Haley's a virgin' and starts to laugh really hard and then stops herself once she realises what he said. Phil then realises what Alex thought he said and then realises that Haley must have lost her virginity already, which scares the crap out of him, knowing his 'little girl' has grown up. Haley knows her Dad knows and tells him that she'll always be his girl she just isn't little anymore, she's growing up and she'll always need him.
Jay is Haley's Grandpa, Jay doesn't have a lot of interaction with her, but they seem to have a great friendship.In "Great Expectations" it is seen that Haley would rather go to a party than stay the whole night with her grandpa while they do a thing called 'Jay's Night', where all the kids in the family stay over at Jay and Gloria's house, eat Jay's 'Sloppy Jays' and watch a western movie. Jay finds out that Haley wants to go to a party but restricts her from going. He takes her shoes to stop her from walking outside and he makes her stay there. Gloria convinces him to let her go and he does. Haley then thanks her Grandpa and Jay tells her that he will track her down and Haley tells Jay that she know he will.
Haley has a few boyfriends from Season 1-7, however there is one main person she has stuck with they've been on and off throughout the show, even with her being with other people, those other people have always been very short term, until she gets back with Dylan eventually. All of them and their relationships with her are listed below:Bixby's Back, trying to win her back. Dylan and Haley seems to have a good friendship, but they definitely have their ups and downs:
In "Dude Ranch", Dylan got a job at the ranch which means Haley and him won't be seeing each other for a long time.
In "Disneyland", they get back together again due to them encountering Dylan in Disneyland. Post-Disneyland Dylan works as a limo driver, during which time he has contact with Haley. Although they don't seem exclusive, he seems to be the only consistent guy who Haley dates.Disneyland" with the family because she wants Haley to fall for him and completely get over Dylan, who had moved to Wyoming in "Dude Ranch". Haley, adamant that she wasn't going to babysit him, quickly changes her opinion after meeting him, much to Claire's delight. But then much to Claire's chagrin, Dylan shows up at Disneyland completely unannounced. Claire tries to get Haley not to see or notice him, but fails. He rushes off after running into them, and Haley realizes that she still likes Dylan. So she ditches Ethan, leaving Alex with Ethan, another thing that Claire did not like. After seeing Dylan as a 'Dapper Dan', Haley ditches Dylan and begins talking to Ethan again, bumping Alex out the way. After some time, Dylan meets up with Ethan and Haley again in his Little John costume declaring his love for Haley. Ethan and Dylan get into a minor scuffle. At the end of the day, Haley eventually dumps Ethan, Ethan leaves with someone he ran into, and Haley and Dylan get back together.
Vincent, though we never see him, is mentioned in Season 6. He is apparently an ex-con who works at a florist shop. She intentionally did not tell her parents about him because she knew they wouldn't approve of her dating an ex-con.Party Crasher" and is quite a bit older than her. When Phil first meets Kenny he doesn't realize they are going on a date. When Haley learns how disgusting he is, she quickly abandons the relationship. Joe Pritchett's "manny" (Man-Nanny), Andy and Haley initially despised each other. Andy disliked Haley's insouciant attitude and her blithe disregard for his authority. Haley disliked Andy's bossiness and felt like he was intruding on her space. Haley and Andy are shown to share a close and friendly relationship throughout Season 6.
In "The Help", she begins to develop feelings for him. However, she backs off when Alex tells her to consider the impact she might have on him if she continues to toy with his feelings.
In "Closet? You'll Love It!", Haley quietly encourages Andy to chase after her while he pretends to lie unconscious on a hospital bed.
In "American Skyper", the season finale ends with Andy preparing to propose to his girlfriend while Haley and Andy separately admit their feelings for the other to Haley's Dad.
In "Summer Lovin", Phil tells Claire and Haley on the phone that Andy is planning to propose to his girlfriend on his favorite beach. Claire and everyone else seem to think it's cute until Phil tells them that Haley and Andy love each other. Haley rushes down to his favorite beach knowing where it is and tries to stop the proposal, however Claire wants to make sure she's doing the right thing with her life and stops her to ask her if she really wants this: to break up Andy and Beth to date Andy until the next guy comes along or to break them up to be with Andy in long-term wise. Haley then doubts whether or not what she's doing is the right thing and still wants to continue. As Haley turns around we see Andy get down and ask the question, before Haley can interrupt, Beth visibly says 'Yes'. Haley then says that it seems fate has already decided for her. A couple of months later we see that Haley seems depressed, until she gets back with Dylan. Andy shows up to give Phil back his work after it's done and Haley and Andy have an awkward run in. Dylan introduces himself as "Haley's boyfriend" letting Andy know they're back together. Dylan is actually oblivious to the fact that Andy and Haley had something going on during their break up.
In "The More You Ignore Me", Dylan and Haley have a run in at the movies with Andy and Beth, where Haley is forced to sit next them when trying very hard to find another seat. Haley has to sit through the movie without making it awkward between all of them.
| Phil: [seeing Haley and Alex scrubbing the kitchen] Whoa. What's all this? |
Haley: Mom heard us say we were bored.
Alex: She heard us from outside!
Haley: She has super-good hearing, like a seeing eye dog. They have overdeveloped hearing to make up for the fact... wait, the dogs aren't blind. Wait, are they? No, that wouldn't make sense.
Alex: [to Phil] You're right. If I wait long enough, she can get there by herself.
Phil: [his cell phone rings] Quick, girls. Famous Danny from "Moonstruck". Aiello?
Mitchell [on the phone to Phil]: Hey, Phil, I'm glad I caught ya.
Phil: What's up?
Mitch: Uh, it's about Steven and Stefan. They want to see that house on Briar again.
Phil: Really? I showed it to them five times. Last time we were there, I think they got mail.
Mitch: Yeah, well, that's why I'm calling. They hate upsetting people. Unless, of course, it's me. Then they don't mind waking me up at 7 a.m., asking me to call you.
Phil: It's no problem. I'm just hanging around. Kind of bored, really.
[Haley and Alex gasp]
[Phil gasps as he realizes what he just said].
— From "Aunt Mommy"
| Haley: Mom, don't do it! She'll be in the same class as I am! Why are you even taking second year Math? |
Alex: You're a senior. Why are you still in second year Math?
Haley: Not still, again.
— From "Phil on Wire"
|Haley: Everything I touch turns to detention.|
— From "Phil on Wire"
| Haley [after breaking up with Dylan]: I miss him. |
Phil: Yeah. He was your first real boyfriend.
Haley: I keep expecting him to show up. He used to come by at night and I'd sneak out to see him.
Phil: Yeah, I know.
Haley: You knew?
Phil: His car's thirty years old and doesn't have a muffler. And he honked.
— From "Mother Tucker"
| Dylan: [about his shoes] I think I left them at your uncle's house. |
Haley: Oh, my God! This is a disaster!
Dylan: Maybe they'll think it's theirs.
Haley: They're gay, they know what shoes they own!
— From "Boys' Night"
| Alex: Last week she wore my sweatshirt. |
Haley: I was doing it a favor. It was the first time the top half got any exercise.
— From "Two Monkeys and a Panda"
| Haley: To do a speech, you just choose a song title and speak it, like "Don't stop believing" or "Get this party started." |
Aex: That makes no sense.
Haley: Of course not. No one wants to think at graduation! It's graduation, the time when we celebrate being done with thinking.
| Haley:You know what? Give your stupid little speech. Be an outcast. But you're only doing it to yourself. Because you're smart, pretty, and sorta funny in a way that I don't really get but other people seem to enjoy. You can either start fresh next year, or be the freak that flipped off her class. |
Alex: You really think I'm pretty?
Haley: Shut up!
| Haley: You think you have everyone figured out, don't you? Everyone has stuff that they're working through. |
Alex: What kind of stuff do you have? Too many boys chasing after you? Too many parties?
Haley: I'm flunking biology, and now I have to take summer school. And all my friends are talking about going to college, while I don't think I'll even be able to go to college! Is that enough stuff for you?
- Haley is allergic to lactose, like her uncle Mitchell ("Treehouse").
- Haley is usually the family member who misses several events, including:
- In "Coal Digger", Haley is the only family member that doesn't jump in Jay and Gloria's pool, probably because of risk to her phone.
- In "Yard Sale", Haley wasn't present at the yard sale because she was still in college. Lily also wasn't present either.
- In "A Fair to Remember", Haley didn't attend the school fair. Joe wasn't there either.
- In "Integrity", Haley wasn't present at helping fix the princess castle and turn it into a boy castle for Joe.
- In Season 7, Haley's portrayer Sarah Hyland gets a haircut. In "Summer Lovin" she wears extensions to play Haley. After a few episodes she takes them out and Haley gets a haircut.
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