Alana Mychal Haim is an American performer, vocalist, guitarist, musician and actress. She is a member of the pop rock band Haim, along with her two older sisters Este and Danielle, where she performs piano, guitar and vocals. In 2020, the band received a nomination for Grammy Award for Album of the Year for their third album, Women in Music Pt. III.
In 2021, Haim starred in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s film Licorice Pizza, for which she received critical acclaim and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Nicknames: Baby Haim, Merlin
Years active: 2012–present
Born age: December 15, 1991, 32 years old and 2 months, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, United States
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5’7″ / 1.70m
Measurements: 31-24-33 in / 79-61-84 cm
Bra size: 34B US / 75B EU
Genres: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Indie Rock, R&B
Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion
Alana Haim was to a Jewish family. Her father, Mordechai “Moti” Haim, is an Israeli-born retired professional soccer player who moved to the United States in 1980. Her mother, Donna Rose, is a former elementary school art teacher from Philadelphia. Haim’s paternal grandmother was originally from Bulgaria. She has two older sisters, Este (born 1986) and Danielle (born 1989).
Haim was raised in the San Fernando Valley in a musical family. Her father was a drummer in a choir group; her mother was a folk singer, and a winning contestant on The Gong Show in the 1970s. They taught their young daughters to play various instruments, with Alana picking up percussion at the age of four. Growing up, the siblings were encouraged to listen to their parents’ classic rock and Americana records, though they also developed their own liking of ’90s R&B. The family eventually formed a band, Rockinhaim, and played their first rock concert at Los Angeles’ Canter’s Deli in 2000, with Moti on drums and Donna on vocals. They performed ’70s and ’80s rock covers every few months in the next decade, mostly at local fairs and fundraisers.
In 2007, Alana and her sisters formed the band Haim and released their EP Forever in 2012. They have appeared at many music festivals, one of which brought them to the attention of artist and musician Jay-Z, who signed them to his recently founded label Roc Nation in 2012. Haim signed with Columbia Records at the end of 2012, and was a featured artist at Jay Z’s Made in America festival. Haim released their first studio album, Days Are Gone, in September 2013. It was a commercial success, and they were musical guests on Saturday Night Live. They released their second studio album, Something to Tell You, in July 2017. In June 2020, they released their third album, Women in Music, Pt. III, which was nominated for Album of the Year at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, with the single, “The Steps“, nominated for Best Rock Performance. The album was widely featured on year-end best album lists, including those of The Guardian, NPR, Pitchfork and Stereogum.
Haim made her acting debut when she starred in Licorice Pizza, a 2021 feature film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who previously directed several of the band’s music videos and a short documentary on the making of Something to Tell You. Licorice Pizza is set in the 1970s, where Haim plays opposite Cooper Hoffman, the son of Anderson’s late collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman. Reviewing the film in the Los Angeles Times, Justin Chang called Haim “the star of this boisterous, bighearted movie and its raison d’être”. In The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney praised her performance as “an incandescent presence that marks the arrival of a fully formed screen star”. For her performance she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress.
Alana Haim Career Highlights:
Debut album: Days Are Gone (2013)
First TV show: Late Show With David Letterman (2013)
Although primarily a guitarist, she plays several other instruments and even provides vocals for the band.
When Alana was 4 years old, her family had formed a band named Rockinhaim. She played the percussion while her mom and dad played the guitar and drums respectively. The family band usually played covers of famous songs at the local venues.
She has worked as a babysitter in the past and also had a day job working at the clothing store, Crossroads in Ventura, California.
Alana is the most athletic among her sisters and played soccer while growing up.
Alana and her bandmates fired their agent in June 2018 after learning that they had been paid one-tenth of the amount paid to a male act when they performed in a music festival in Australia in 2017.
She is close friends with Taylor Swift.
Alana once babysat actor Cooper Hoffman when he was 13 years old.
In March 2022, HAIM released a new song titled Lost Track. The music video of the song was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Alana Haim Favorite Things
- Movie – A League Of Their Own (1992)
- Music Artist – Beyoncé is among her all-time favorite music artists.
- Boy Band – NSYNC
- Breed Of Dogs – English Bulldogs
- Cheese – Brie
- Song From Taylor Swift‘s 1989 Album – Wildest Dreams.
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