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Meet Hayley Kiyoko


Aug 1, 2015

Hayley Kiyoko first made a name for herself on the small screen in TV shows like CSI: Cyber, Vampire Diaries, and Wizards of Waverly Place, but the 23-year-old is quick to point out that she was writing music the entire time she’s been acting. With her new EP, This Side of Paradise, and a danceable, ’80s electro vibe, the actress-slash-singer is ready for an entirely different kind of spotlight. Get a sneak peek of Caitlin Smith’s interview with the budding star below, then read the whole thing when the debut issue of POPULAR hits stands next week!

On falling in love with music:“I remember being about five and seeing a shiny, cherry red drum set in Toys “R” Us and being like, ‘I want that.’”

On balancing music with acting: “It’s been perfectly planned in a weird, unplanned way. These industries are so up and down, so to balance the two…sometimes they get into a groove and just flow together.”

On keeping her sound organic: “I called [my producer]James up and was like, ‘Listen, I wanna write an EP and do it right. Hopefully, everyone will follow if the music is good.”

On her EP, This Side of Paradise. “Sometimes paradise is just exactly what I’m going through. All the ups and downs creates your paradise—who you are today.”


  • Hayley Kiyoko, shot by Easton Schirra in Los Angeles, California. Stylist: Johnathan Lawhorne. Hair: Jarrett Iovinella. Makeup: Marla Vazquez using Jouer Cosmetics.