Following in her little sister Hilary's sizeable footsteps, actress Haylie Duff began her acting career as an offshoot of her early dance training. Growing up in Texas, Duff began ballet at an early age. By age ten, Duff landed a role in the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company's production of "The Nutcracker". Within a year, Duff had moved on to roles in television. Starting with a small, uncredited part in the 1997 mini-series "True Women", Duff followed up a supporting role in the made-for-TV movie, "Hope", helmed by first-time director Goldie Hawn. Both films were shot in Texas, which allowed Duff to, at least initially, maintain a balance between her home life and early career.