Thursdays used to be a powerhouse day when it came to hit sitcoms. But not anymore.
Tuesday nights have now dethroned the once coveted comedic day of the week, and it's all thanks to FOX's incredible lineup. Starting January 5th it will include "New Girl", "Grandfathered", and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." But the real highlight is the show that caps off the night, "Grinder." When you tune in to the program, which follows the antics of Robe Lowe's actor-turned-lawyer persona alongside his brother Fred Savage, one thing is certain: big laughs are guaranteed.
You can blame our nightly fits of contagious LOLs on Hana Hayes. The young star is quickly getting onto everyone's radar, after starring in the show as Fred Savage's off-beat daughter, Lizzie.
But don't let Hayes's age fool you into thinking that this is her first rodeo when it comes to acting. The actress has been quickly racking up parts in television series, short films, and even a video games over the past few years. At just 16, Hayes has already garnered an impressive resume, including roles on "Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit" and "Criminal Minds." And if that wasn't enough, she's also amassed a loyal following on Instagram -- over 216,000 fans to be exact.
Between her social media stardom and her undeniable on-screen charisma, Hayes is sure to be a household name very soon. It's only fitting that we spoke to the woman of the hour herself. Ahead, Hana dishes on her start in the business, what happens behind-the-scene on "Grinder", and her incredible relationships with her Instagram fans.
How did you get into acting?
I started doing plays when I was little and at the time, it was my favorite thing. I would sit in the wing and tell my mom that I just couldn't wait to go out; the stage was just amazing! Then I entered myself into a small contest, won a little monologue award, and then moved out to LA for five months -- which soon turned into 5 years! After some time back home, I moved back to LA for "Grinder."
What was it like when you got the call for Grinder?
Oh my gosh, I was sobbing! Usually when you are auditioning for a series regular, you have to audition, and then you have a call back -- sometimes it could be up to 10 callbacks. And for this, I just sent in a self-recorded tape at 11pm, auditioning a for the role of a chubby promiscuous red-head. I thought to myself, "They got me nailed, that's me!" So when I was auditioning, my mom was laughing so hard because she was playing my boyfriend and was like "I'm not saying this stuff."
Anyway, we sent it in and then two days later I got a call saying that they were sending me and one other girl to the network to tape and that I was tentatively leaving at 8pm that night, so I had to pack my bags. They ended up calling me an hour before I got on the plane and said I booked it. i just started sobbing; I called my best friend who is also an actress and cried! It was just amazing.
What's the energy like on a set like that?
It's wonderful, honestly, everyone is amazing. There is zero ego with anyone. Rob and Fred are so down to earth. We are all there to do a job, but we're also there to have fun. Usually between sets, everyone leaves and goes on their phones, or whatever, but we all stay together, laughing and making jokes. Sometimes, Rob will make Fred laugh so hard that he's sobbing and we can't even get through a take. And then everyone else starting laughing uncontrollably too.
"We are all there to do a job, but we're also there to have fun."
Would who you say is your biggest role model in the industry?
Because of my career in comedy, I love Sarah Hyland. I think what she is doing with her career is amazing. Amanda Seyfried is great too! Also Meryl Streep, obliviously, but she is a typical answer. But I think my favorite actor of all time is Tom Hanks; the way he transforms himself for roles is incredible.
What would be your dream role?
I love drama, so it would be an honor to work with Tom Hanks and Amanda Seyfried. I love drama and I would love to get back into that genre.
TWO WEEKS until a new episode of @TheGrinderFOX ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 9:30 guys!! Right after Brooklyn nine-nine👮
What do you do in your spare time? Any favorite TV shows?
I love "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend", "Jane the Virgin," "Blindspot" and, "Quantico." Monday nights are great because I get a script from "Grinder" and then get to watch Blindspot, it's the perfect combination. But I also love to bake, so that's how I really unwind in my spare time.
Favorite thing about fans on social media?
They are so dedicated. "The Grinder" is nominated for a People's Choice Award and girls are sending me their screen shots of their votes for the show and their search history. It's already at about 2,000 votes and I'm like "You guys are amazing!" They are so sweet and I love connecting with them. When they're also going through difficult times and they DM me; it's nice to know I can connect with them personally as well.
Favorite Social Media Platform?
Ohhh...Instagram! I am kind of an Instagram addict. I post at least once a day, but sometimes I get crazy.
What would you say is up next for you?
Hopefully season 2!
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Why young actress and Instagram star Hana Hayes will soon be a household name
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 09: Actor Rob Lowe attends SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio Channel Broadcasts From Comic-Con 2015 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 9, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Actor Rob Lowe, left, jokingly distracts a Memphis Grizzlies player at the free throw line during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Grizzlies won 90-87. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Rob Lowe (L) and Sheryl Berkoff attend the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EJAF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actor Rob Lowe and singer Johnny Mathis attend the Barlow Respiratory Hospital;s 4th Annual Bernie Brillstein Golf Classic Awards Dinner at the Wilshire Country Club on October 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actor Rob Lowe and talent agent Richard Weitz attend the Barlow Respiratory Hospital;s 4th Annual Bernie Brillstein Golf Classic Awards Dinner at the Wilshire Country Club on October 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 19: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz and Rob Lowe pose for a photocall for their latest film 'Sex Tape' at the Hotel Mandarin on June 19, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Robert Marquardt/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 18: (L-R) Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz and Rob Lowe pose during a photocall for their latest film 'Sex Tape' on June 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - APRIL 9: American actor Rob Lowe promotes his new book 'Love Life' at Barnes & Noble bookseller at 5th Avenue, on April 9, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 17: Rob Lowe (L) and his son John Owen Lowe (C) are seen on June 17, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Rob Lowe visits Fox News' 'The O'Reilly Factor' at Fox News Studios on April 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Actor Rob Lowe is seen on April 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by DVT/Star Max/GC Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Rob Lowe is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' 4/8/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Actor Rob Lowe (C) with Sirius XM's The MOMS with Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein attend Rob Lowe's 'Love Life' book launch hosted by The Mom at Paramount Hotel on April 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 16: (L-R) Mary Nilan, President of NBC Television Jennifer Nicholson Salke, Founder, President and CEO of The Get In Touch Foundation Mary Ann Wasil, actor Rob Lowe, author Angelique L'Amour, Dr. Nalini Chilkov and Dr. Kristi Funk attend the Get In Touch Foundation's 2014 Pretty In Pink Luncheon and Women of Strength Awards at the Casa del Mar Hotel on March 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for The Get In Touch Foundation)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 142 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Rob Lowe during an interview with host Jay Leno on January 5, 1993 -- (Photo by: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 16: Actor Rob Lowe attends the Get In Touch Foundation's 2014 Pretty In Pink Luncheon and Women of Strength Awards at the Casa del Mar Hotel on March 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for The Get In Touch Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actors Rob Lowe and Josh Radnor attend HBO's Post 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Michael Douglas, actor Rob Lowe and guest arrive to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 -- (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
PARKS AND RECREATION -- 'Ann & Chris' Episode 613 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger, Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins -- (Photo by: Ben Cohen/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PARKS AND RECREATION -- 'Ann & Chris' Episode 613 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PARKS AND RECREATION -- 'Ann & Chris' Episode 613 -- Pictured: Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actor Rob Lowe (L) and Sheryl Berkoff arrive at National Geographic Channel presents Los Angeles premiere of 'Killing Kennedy' at Saban Theatre on November 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Rob Lowe visits GOOD MORNING AMERICA', 10/30/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: Rob Lowe and Sheryl Berkoff attend the National Geographic Channel's 'Killing Kennedy' World Premiere at The Newseum on October 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
STUDIO CITY, CA - OCTOBER 16: Rob Lowe attends the 'Parks And Recreation' 100th episode celebration held at CBS Studios - Radford on October 16, 2013 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
STUDIO CITY, CA - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Retta, Michael Schur, Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Jim O'Heir, Aubrey Plaza and Rob Lowe attend the 'Parks And Recreation' 100th episode celebration held at CBS Studios - Radford on October 16, 2013 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
STUDIO CITY, CA - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Amy Poehler, Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones attend the 'Parks And Recreation' 100th episode celebration held at CBS Studios - Radford on October 16, 2013 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Rob Lowe and Eddie Murphy attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF15/WireImage)