Hailee Steinfeld

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Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld (Berlin Film Festival 2011) (cropped).jpg
Steinfeld at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival premiere of True Grit
Born (1996-12-11) December 11, 1996 (age 17)[1]
Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996)[1] is an American actress. She rose to fame for her portrayal of Mattie Ross in the 2010 film True Grit, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

She is also known for her portrayal of Petra Arkanian in the 2013 futuristic sci-fi film, Ender's Game.[2] She played Juliet Capulet in the 2013 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, opposite Douglas Booth, Zoey in the 2014 crime film Three Days to Kill, and starred opposite Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in Begin Again as Ruffalo's character's daughter Violet. She recently finished filming on the sequel to Pitch Perfect.

Early life[edit]

Steinfeld was born in Tarzana, Los Angeles, the daughter of Cheri (née Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer.[3][4] She has an older brother, Griffin (born January 9, 1994), who is a professional NASCAR driver.[3] Her paternal uncle is fitness trainer Jake Steinfeld, and her maternal great-uncle is former child actor Larry Domasin.[1][5] Her father is Jewish[6][7] and her mother is of English, Filipino and German descent.[8][9] Steinfeld was raised in Agoura Hills and later in Thousand Oaks, California,[3][10] attending Ascension Lutheran School, Conejo Elementary, and Colina Middle School. She has been home-schooled since 2008.[11]


Steinfeld at the premiere of Secretariat, September 2010

Steinfeld began acting at the age of eight, initially appearing in several short films to gain experience. She played the role of Talia Alden in the award-winning short film, She's a Fox.[12] She went on to make several television commercials and guest appearances on television programs.[10] Steinfeld was chosen out of 15,000 girls for the role of Mattie Ross in True Grit.[3] She was announced as a nominee for Best Supporting Actress at the 83rd Academy Awards on January 25, 2011.[13]

In May 2011, Steinfeld was chosen to be the new face of Italian designer brand Miu Miu.[14][15]

She played Juliet Capulet in a 2013 adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, by director Carlo Carlei.[16] She was cast in 2011, when she was fourteen. Due to her young age, there was some concern she would be asked to appear nude in the film. Director Carlo Carlei explained that "there was a lovemaking scene that included nudity for the married Romeo and Juliet. The script was written with a 20-year-old actress in mind. As soon as Hailee Steinfeld was cast, all nudity and love scenes were excised from the script making it age-appropriate for a 14-year-old."[17] Julian Fellowes stated, "We did feel it would be nice to have romantic, married love, and that purity was an important part of the film. They don't make love until they have been married."[18] Steinfeld finished filming her scenes for the film on March 7, 2012.[19] The film was poorly received in the United States and internationally.[20]

Steinfeld attending the 2011 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City

Her upcoming projects also include a role as Violet, one of the leads in Begin Again (formerly called Can A Song Save Your Life?), a romance-drama directed by John Carney.[21] Also, she starred as Petra Arkanian in Ender's Game, a science fiction action-adventure film directed by Gavin Hood, based on the book by Orson Scott Card. The film was released on November 1, 2013.[22] Paramount Pictures has closed a deal for screen right to Forgotten, a novel by Cat Patrick in 2011, in which Steinfeld will play London Lane, the leading female role. The movie was said to be released in 2013,[23] but that release has not been commenced. Steinfeld is also said to be starring in a screen adaptation of Daniel Handler's romantic-comedy book, Why We Broke Up as Min Green. The film will be directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller and is due for release in 2014.[24] In addition, she was announced to be cast as Eliza in film adaptation of Ten Thousand Saints, which is set to be released in 2015.[25] She will play alongside Asa Butterfield (whom she also co-starred with in Ender's Game) in the drama. Steinfeld was originally cast to play the female role in the 2015 film, For the Dogs, but was replaced by actress Emma Roberts.[26] In 2014, it was announced that Steinfeld will be joining the cast of Pitch Perfect 2, alongside Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks (who is also directing).[27]

In spring 2014, Steinfeld narrated as the voice of Anne Frank for an exhibition on Frank at the Museum of Tolerance.[28]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Heather: A Fairytale Heather Short film
2009 She's a Fox Talia Alden Short film
2010 Without Wings Allison Short film
2010 Grand Cru Sophie Short film
2010 True Grit Mattie Ross
2013 The Magic Bracelet Angela Short film
2013 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Capulet
2013 Ender's Game Petra Arkanian
2014 3 Days to Kill Zoey Renner
2014 Hateship, Loveship Sabitha Premiered at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
2014 Begin Again Violet Mulligan Premiered at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
2014 The Homesman Tabitha Hutchinson Premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
2014 The Keeping Room Louise Premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival[29]
2015 Barely Lethal Megan Walsh In post-production
2015 Ten Thousand Saints Eliza In post-production; this is her second film with Asa Butterfield
2015 Term Life Carrie Barrow In post-production
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Emily In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Back to You Little Girl Episode: "Gracie's Bully"
2010 Summer Camp Shayna Matson Movie
2010 Sons of Tucson Bethany Episode: "Chicken Pox"
2013 Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Herself/Narrator Documentary

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song
2012 The Cab "Endlessly"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2010 Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress True Grit Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress[30] Won
Indiana Film Journalists Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Youth in Film Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – Female Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Breakout Performance – On Screen Nominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2011 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Teen Choice Award for Breakout Female Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress[31] Won
2012 Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer Nominated
2013 MaxMara Face of the Future Award[32] Won


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  2. ^ "Ender's Game". Box Office Mojo. April 3, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
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  4. ^ Garza, Oscar (February 25, 2011). "Hailee Steinfeld’s True Colors". L.A. Forward. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
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  9. ^ McClintock, Pamela; Appelo, Tim (March 4, 2011). "Black 'Thor' Actor Blasts Debate Over His Casting". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 4, 2011. "People were so desperate for any sign of color at the Feb. 27 ceremony that many media outlets, including the Boston Globe, accepted as fact the rumor that True Grit nominee Hailee Steinfeld's mother is part African-American. (Steinfeld's rep told THR that the claim, spread on the Internet in recent days, is erroneous.)" 
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  11. ^ Lindell, Karen (December 24, 2010). "Hailee Steinfeld is still in a daze over the accolades she's receiving for 'True Grit'". Ventura County Star. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ Davis, Erik (2011-01-17). "Watch Hailee Steinfeld's 'Wonder Years'-esque Short, 'She's a Fox'". Blog.moviefone.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
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  14. ^ Isabel Wilkinson (2011-05-16). "Hailee Steinfeld as Miu Miu's New Muse". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
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  19. ^ Steinfeld, Hailee (March 7, 2012). "Twitter / HaileeSteinfeld: Bitter sweet day today". Twitter.com. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  20. ^ Stevens, Dana (2013). "Jullian Fellowes' Romeo and Juliet: Star-Crossed Lovers With No Chemistry". Slate. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Can A Song Save Your Life?". comingsoon.net. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
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  24. ^ White, James (May 22, 2012). "Why We Broke Up". Empire. 
  25. ^ "Hailee Steinfeld plays around with co-stars Emile Hirsch and Asa Butterfield while on-set of the film Ten Thousand Saints". Daily Mail. 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  26. ^ Wetpaint Visitor (2014-01-29). "Emma Roberts to Join Sam Worthington in For the Dogs, Replacing Hailee Steinfeld". Wetpaint. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
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  29. ^ "TIFF.net - The Keeping Room". TIFF.net. Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
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