Hailey Best, Miss North Carolina 2011, represented the Tarheel State with a Top 15 finish at the Miss America 2012 pageant in Las Vegas. She was a Miracle Maker award recipient as well as a Bronze Medalist with the Duke of Edinburgh Young American's Challenge Award Program. She continues to participate in pageantry as a coach for children and young adults competing in numerous pageant systems across the country, specializing in interview preparation and the Miss America system.
Hailey is thrilled to currently be a part of Jersey Boys, playing the role of Francine! Her most recent credits include playing Molly Jensen in Ghost: the musical, and Belle in Beauty & the Beast.
Hailey has toured with Norwegian Cruise Lines as a Principal Singer in Swing the Musical, Blazing Boots, and Get Down Tonight!
Other past credits include Mayzie La Bird in TheatreWorksUSA's Equity National Tour of Seussical the Musical, in addition to many regional theatre productions, starring as Eliza Doolitte in My Fair Lady, Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, for which she was awarded the Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Hailey is a graduate of the University of NC School of the Arts where she studied vocal performance. She has appeared in many commercials, statewide and nationally, most notably as the "Rug and Home girl" throughout North and South Carolina, as well as Virginia. Hailey worked on the Nicholas Sparks film Safe Haven in Southport, NC as Julianne Hough's body double. She recently completed an album of original country music in Nashville, TN (listen to some on her Media page) and is looking forward to more opportunities to perform on country stages across the country!
Hailey is a strong advocate for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and the Live On Foundation, supporting the dreams and aspirations of children who live in alternative residences (children's homes, foster care, homeless shelters).