Sarah Hay

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Sarah Hay
Born (1987-09-16) September 16, 1987 (age 32)
  • Ballet dancer
  • actress
  • producer
Years active1997–present

Sarah Hay (born September 16, 1987)[1] is an American actress and ballerina. Following her appearance as Claire Robbins in the Starz mini-series Flesh and Bone, she was nominated for a Golden Globe, a Satellite Award and a Critics' Choice Television Award.

Early life[edit]

Sarah Hay was brought up in Princeton, New Jersey and New York City, along side her older brother and sister.[2] Her grandmother was an art dealer in New York City, and her grandfather is a member of the New York Philharmonic.[2] Hay's parents are both psychologists.[3] She began attending dance classes at the age of three, joined the School of American Ballet in New York City when she was eight, and later attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet at the American Ballet Theatre.[4] She later explained that while she was popular at normal school, at the ballet school she was considered to be a "loser" because she wasn't from a wealthy background.[5] She described herself as a "troublemaker" during her childhood, and only decided to pursue ballet professionally when she was a teenager.



Once she decided to become a professional ballet dancer, she sacrificed other pursuits, saying in a 2015 interview with the New York Post that she "had a few relationships fall apart because of it." While others have described her as "workaholic," she prefers "motivated." During her early dancing career, she discovered that certain teachers found her body type offputting, with one handing her a sports bra as she came off stage in the middle of a production, while others suggested that she should undergo breast reduction surgery. She added that she was always considered to be the "heavy girl" in American based companies.[6] At the age of 22, she moved to Germany to join the Dresden based Semperoper ballet.[7]


Sarah made her acting debut in 1997 when she was cast as Stephanie in You're Invited to Mary-Kate and Ashley's Ballet Party, starring Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. She made her film debut in 2010 as a dancer in Black Swan, but she didn't consider herself to have made an acting appearance until she was cast in the Starz mini-series Flesh and Bone. Executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett and her team had seen more than a thousand ballet dancers for the main role of Claire Robbins, and the choreographer for the series, Ethan Stiefel, had begun requesting ballet footage via email from more dancers. After returning footage, Hay was invited to New York for an audition and was given the part an hour later.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Ballet Party Stephanie
2015 Flesh and Bone Claire Robbins
2017 I'm Dying Up Here Tawny Lee
2017 Room 104[8] Girl Episode: "Voyeurs"
2018 9-1-1[9] Jesse Episode: "Pilot"


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Black Swan Corps De Ballet Feature Film
2017 It's No Game Rhea L Deal Short Film co-written by Artificial Intelligence
2018 Braid Tilda Darlings / Daughter

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2016 Golden Globe Award[10] Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Flesh and Bone Nominated
Satellite Award[11] Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Won
Critics' Choice Television Award[12] Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Nominated


  1. ^ Yesterday was my birthday and I am so grateful for all of your messages and wishes... We are all on our journey together and I am so happy to have you with me. Thanks Guys!!!. Instagram. September 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Blake, Meredith (November 6, 2015). "To capture dark world of dance, 'Flesh and Bone' used pro dancers and a 'Breaking Bad' writer". The Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Miller, Julie (November 9, 2015). "The Story Behind Flesh and Bone's Taboo Plot Twist". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Brown, Emma (November 6, 2015). "Discovery: Sarah Hay". Interview Magazine. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  5. ^ Thompson, Candice (October 1, 2015). "A Star Is Born: Sarah Hay Rises in Both Dresden & Hollywood". Pointe. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ a b Spencer, Amy (December 3, 2015). "'Flesh and Bone' star refused to get a breast reduction". New York Post. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Former Pennsylvania Ballet dancer gets TV break as star of 'Flesh and Bone'
  8. ^ "Room 104 Episode Title: (#06/106) "Voyeurs"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  9. ^ "9-1-1 Episode Title: (#01/28) "Pilot"". IMDb. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  11. ^ "Sarah Hay". International Press Academy. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  12. ^ Gray, Tim (December 14, 2015). "Critics' Choice Award Nominations: Complete List". Variety. Retrieved December 28, 2015.

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]