The young American model and actress Lia McHugh, has gained recognition for her appearances as Abby in the horror film “Totem” (2017), and Maggie in “Into the Dark” (2019).
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Lia Ryan McHugh was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, under the Scorpio zodiac sign on 18 November 2007, and is 14 years old as of mid-2022. She was raised in her hometown by her father, Michael McHugh, an entrepreneur and Texas Rangers’ baseball pitcher, and her mother, Lisa McHugh. She has an elder sister named Shea, and three brothers Flynn, Logan and last-born Gavin.
All of her siblings are entertainers: Flynn is famous for his appearance in the comedy -drama “Kelvin (Probably) Saves the World” (2018), Shea played a minor role in the 2016 film “Miracles from Heaven”, and Gavin, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is famous for playing Christopher Diaz in the drama series “911” since 2018. Lia started appearing in musical theaters at a young age, and her passion slowly transitioned into acting. Her family relocated to Los Angeles, California, in 2015, and shortly afterwards she began landing roles in various commercials, before she officially began her acting career.
There is little information regarding McHugh’s educational background. She hails from a well-off family and might have gone to a private local elementary school, and it’s widely believed that she’s now in high school.
Hobbies and Interests
Lia’s love for her two pet dogs, Walker and Freddy has driven her to open two Instagram accounts for them.
She likes attending celebrity events, and has been featured in a number of award ceremonies and film festivals. She previously told her fans that ‘I had a great time at the London film festival promoting my upcoming movie “The Lodge” with the fabulous Directors!’
The “Totem” starlet also likes spending time outdoors with her family, participating in adventurous activities such as camping, hiking and boating.
She is a fan of the acclaimed actor Tom Holland.
Lia is artistic and enjoys drawing.
McHugh made her first theatrical appearance aged seven, when she was cast as Mary in the musical “The Secret Garden”. She later made her TV debut with the guest-starring role of Jacey in an episode of the documentary series “A Haunting” entitled “Tunnel of Death.” The show premiered on Destination America in 2016 and is about the lives of several victims who have experienced paranormal events.
Rise to Prominence
Lia caught the public’s eye when she was cast as Summer Bird Sister in the crime-drama “Hot Summer Nights” in 2017. The film is Elijah Bynum’s directorial debut, and follows the story of a teenage drug dealer, Daniel – played by Timothee Chalamet – who struggles to balance his romantic life and successful drug empire in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It also stars Alex Roe, Maika Monro, and Mia Mitchell. Lia later played one of her most important roles as Abby in the Marcel Sarmiento-directed supernatural horror movie “Totem” in the same year, starring alongside the producer, writer,and actor Evan Dickson, Kerris Dorsey, and the Canadian actor James Tupper.
In 2018, McHugh featured in another horror film entitled “Along Came the Devil”, which follows the story of Ashley played by Sydney Sweeney, who is raised in a troubled family and finds herself linked to a dangerous demonic force when she tries finding a connection. Lia plays Young Ashley in the Jason DeVan-directed film, which was originally called “Tell Me Your Name.” She later landed the lead role of Jessica in the John Riggi-created comedy show “American Woman,” which began airing on Paramount Network in January 2018, and features Mena Suvari, Makenna James, and Alicia Silverstone.
2019 saw Lia appearing in the psychological horror movie “The Lodge,” which was directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In the same year, she portrayed Maggie Singer in the episode “They Came Knocking” of the Hulu anthology web TV series “Into the Dark.”
Lia appeared later that year at the Comic Con International, together with Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek, and was seen promoting her upcoming superhero movie “Eternals”, which was directed by Chloe Zhao. She revealed during an interview with Teen Vogue that she had a lot of fun portraying Sprite in the film, adding that it was very easy to connect with her character. She said that, ‘I’ve been told a lot of my life that I am an old soul. I feel that I’m a lot older in my mind than what I look, so I really related to Sprite in that way.” Her siblings visited her on the sets during the filming of the 2021 movie, and she became the youngest actress to land a superhero role in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) history.
McHugh is active on social media; she’s garnered almost 22,000 Instagram fans, after uploading her first post in January 2018. She frequently posts her family’s photos in her page (@liaryanmchugh), captioning them with heartfelt messages; previously, she wrote that ‘being a part of this family has been the greatest experience in my life. Each and everyone of these people have been so kind and gracious to me. I am so thankful and thrilled to be a part of this adventure…’ Her family also has an Instagram account entitled McHugh Crew, on which they post their videos, photos, and other family-oriented content.
Lia is seemingly busy with her shooting schedule, and hasn’t even been rumored to be dating anyone. She is currently living together with her parents and siblings.
Height, Weight and Physical Appearance
Lia is of white ethnicity and has a set of blue eyes, and long brown hair. She weighs around 122lbs (52kgs), is 5ft 2ins (1.38m) tall, and her vital statistics are 34-24-34. In addition, she wears shoe size 6 (US), dress size 4 (US).
Lia has worked with several big names in the entertainment industry, and has carved a niche for herself, amassing a modest fortune at her young age. She earns mainly from her acting endeavors, and also from her successful modeling career. Sources estimate that her net worth is almost $2 million as of 2022.