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Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft (born April 3, 1991) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. Born in Los Angeles, she got her start in 2007 with the The Stunners, an all-girl singing and dancing group. The group released a couple singles before splitting in 2011.

In 2009, she began playing Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and its sequel Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster. She then began working for Disney, starting with guest starring in four episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place, before starring in the television film Lemonade Mouth. In 2015, Hayley landed a leading role on the short-lived series CSI: Cyber.

Since then, Hayley has been focusing on her music. Her first EP, A Belle To Remember was released in 2013, followed by her second EP, This Side of Paradise in 2015. The latter EP contained the song "Girls Like Girls", the music video for which currently has over 89 million views on YouTube. Her third EP, Citrine was released in 2016. Her debut album, Expectations, was released in March 2018.

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Her tendency to sing about loving women and to make music videos featuring girls falling in love has gained her a large LGBT Fanbase. Her fans affectionately refer to her as the "Queen of the Gays", though "Lesbian Jesus" is catching on.


Discography:

  • A Belle to Remember EP (2013)
  • This Side of Paradise EP (2015)
  • Citrine EP (2016)
  • Expectations (2018)

Selected Filmography:

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Hayley and her music contains examples of:

  • Album Intro Track: "Expectations/Overture".
  • All Love Is Unrequited: A common theme of her music:
    • "Pretty Girl" implies the crush is unrequited, since her crush doesn't like her "type".
    • "Sleepover" grapples with every lesbian's worst nightmare: crushing on your straight best friend.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Has said that "Gravel to Tempo" is about feeling out of place around the girls she had crushes on in high school.
    Catch my name for kicks, thinking I would be right by your side
    I don't feel adequate, thinking I'm a monster in disguise
  • All There in the Manual: The protagonists in "Girls Like Girls" are listed in the credits as Sonya and Coley. Likewise, the description for "Sleepover" reveals that Hayley's crush is named Rose.
  • Badass Boast: "Girls Like Girls" is basically one long badass boast of a more personal sort. It's the narrator becoming confident in her sexuality and affirming it to herself and to boys who are threatened by it.
    Always gonna steal your thunder, watch me like a dark cloud
    On the move, collecting numbers, I'mma take your girl out
    We will be everything that we'd ever need
    Don't tell me, tell me what I feel-I'm real and I don't feel like boys!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Coley from the "Girls Like Girls" video. She's shy and nice, but don't fuck with Sonya on her watch.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Sonya and Coley in the "Girls Like Girls" music video after Coley beats the crap out of Sonya's abusive boyfriend.
    • Hayley and Kehlani at the end of "What I Need".
  • Breakout Character: Headphones Girl from the "Gravel to Tempo" music video, the popular girl that looks very excited to have Hayley flirting with her. Fans have begged to have her back in another music video and have even made fanart of her.
  • Closet Key: Hayley for Kehlani in "What I Need".
  • Color Motif: She has said that all the songs off of Citrine represent a different color.
  • Color Wash: The "Cliff's Edge" music video is washed in pink lighting.
  • Concept Video: All of them so far.
  • The Cutie: Hayley herself, particularly in Q&As.
  • Destructive Romance: The two main characters in the "Cliff's Edge" music video, who are constantly fighting whenever they aren't making out.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Coley in "Girls Like Girls". She's mostly passive and shy, until Sonya's unwanted beau decides to take it a step farther.
  • Double-Meaning Title: "Pretty Girl", referring to the narrator's crush and a line in the chorus, "I just wanna tell you that you're really pretty, girl".
  • Fading into the Next Song: "Feelings" continues on to "What I Need" as it fades out.
  • Gayngst: "Gravel To Tempo". See All of the Other Reindeer
    • Kehlani's character suffers this from her aunt in the opening of "What I Need".
  • Grief Song: Unusually upbeat for the trope, but "Palace" is about losing a loved one and finding comfort in knowing they will live on forever in your memories.
    • "Molecules" is one of these too.
  • Happy Dance: One possible interpretation of Hayley's dancing in the "Gravel to Tempo" music video.
  • Held Gaze: Between the protagonists in "Girls Like Girls".
    • Also Sonya and Coley in "Girls Like Girls".
    • Between the protagonists in "What I Need".
  • Hopeless Suitor: A rare unsympathetic variation in "Girls Like Girls". It's pretty clear Sonya isn't interested in the boy who's after her, but he keeps on at it, even shoving Coley away from her when he catches them in an Almost Kiss and yelling "Of all people, her?" at Sonya. Bad idea.
  • Hotter and Sexier: The release of Expectations coincided with a more adult image.
    • The "Sleepover" music video is much more sexual than her previous videos, featuring Hayley making out with another girl, with camera close-ups on their underwear.
    • The "Curious" video was even sexier, featuring Hayley in her bra lying on the floor getting touched by a bunch of women, followed by her passionately making out with another girl.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Implied in "Pretty Girl", as Hayley says the girl doesn't "like [her] type".
  • Intercourse with You:
    • "One Bad Night" might be about this.
      You make me feel like I wanna be bad
      Talk with your fingertips, don't stop the car, let's drive
      Suck on your amber lips, just give me one bad night
    • "Cliff's Edge" is definitely about this.
    Closing in closer to you
    This could take all night
    Caving and crumbling on your
    Hips, your lips, they're mine
    Cliff's edge, you turn me on
    You lead me on
    You got me on
    A cliff's edge, where I belong
  • Literary Allusion Title: "This Side of Paradise", obviously.
  • Love Is a Drug: In "Feelings"
    You spent the night, you got me high
    Oh what did you do?
    • Shows up in a more disparaging way in "He'll Never Love You".
    Yeah, I know, yeah, I know, I'm the drug you never did,
    Higher than you've ever been,
    Yeah, you know, yeah, you know, took me like I was a hit,
    Addicted but trying to quit.
  • Love Triangle: Several songs on Expectations deal with Hayley falling for a girl with a boyfriend, most notably "Curious" and "He'll Never Love You (HNLY)"
  • Lyrics/Video Mismatch: "One Bad Night" is an Intercourse with You song. The video is about a valet stealing Hayley's car, going on a joyride, and saving a woman who was beaten up by muggers.
  • Maybe Ever After:
    • "Cliffs Edge". Hayley's love interest rescues her from the pond, symbolizing a potential hand up from their chaotic relationship, but we don't see the aftermath.
    • "Curious". The video ends with Hayley's love interest giving into temptation and cheating on her boyfriend with Hayley. Hayley leaves the girl alone looking conflicted, and we never see what happens afterwards.
  • Motor Mouth: From "Curious", which became a mini Memetic Mutation in her fandom:
    did you
    takehimtothepierinSantaMonicaforgettobringyourjacketwrapupinhimcauseyouwantedto?
  • The '90s: Some of the aesthetics of her music videos are reminiscent of the 90s, particularly her outfit in the "Gravel to Tempo" video.
  • The Oner: The "Feelings" music video is all done in one take.
  • Precision F-Strike: The "One Bad Night" music video opens with someone yelling "You're always fucking late!" at one of the main characters. It's even more jarring when you consider that this is the first time any swearing has been featured in any of her videos.
    • Most of the spoken dialogue in the "What I Need" music video has this, especially in the opening.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Discussed in "Gravel to Tempo", as one of the many insecurities prompted by Internalized Categorism-the narrator feels predatory and like a betrayer for crushing on straight girls.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Sonya and Coley in the "Girls Like Girls" music video.
    • Hayley and Kehlani in the "What I Need" music video.
  • Rock-Star Song: "Palm Dreams", which is both this and an ode to California.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: The relationship between Hayley and Kehlani in the video for "What I Need" has this.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Sonya and Coley.
  • Self Empowerment Anthem: "Gravel to Tempo".
  • Silly Love Songs: "Girls Like Girls", most prominently, but "Pretty Girl" and "Ease My Mind" from her Citrine EP also qualify.
  • Smoking Is Cool: The two main characters of the "Girls Like Girls" video bond over sharing a cigarette.
  • Tomboy: Particularly in "Gravel to Tempo", where she has her hair pulled back and is wearing a t-shirt and loose denim shorts.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Implied in the lyrics to "Curious", where Hayley pines for an ex-fling that now has a boyfriend, and made explicit in the music video, which ends with them hooking up in a bathroom.
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