Steinfeld at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival
December 11, 1996 |
Tarzana, California, U.S.
|Relatives||Jake Steinfeld (uncle)
True O'Brien (cousin)
Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996) is an American actress, model and singer. She is known 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 also played Petra Arkanian in the 2013 sci-fi film Ender's Game. She portrayed Juliet Capulet in the 2013 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Zoey in the 2014 crime film Three Days to Kill, and Violet in Begin Again. In 2015, she played Emily Junk in the sequel Pitch Perfect 2.
In addition to her acting career, Steinfeld also has done modeling work. She was hired as the face of Miu Miu shortly after True Grit was released in 2011. Steinfeld debuted her singing voice in Pitch Perfect 2 and released a cover version of "Flashlight", the song she sang in the film. In 2015, she signed a recording deal with Republic Records.
Steinfeld was born in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Cheri (née Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has an older brother, Griffin (born January 9, 1994), who is a professional NASCAR driver. Her paternal uncle is fitness trainer Jake Steinfeld, and her maternal great-uncle is former child actor Larry Domasin. Her older maternal cousin, actress True O'Brien, appeared in a television commercial when Steinfeld was eight years old, inspiring her to try acting as well.
Steinfeld's father is Jewish and her mother is of English, Filipino, and German descent. She was raised in Agoura Hills and later in Thousand Oaks, California, attending Ascension Lutheran School, Conejo Elementary, and Colina Middle School. She was home-schooled from 2008 until her high school graduation in June 2015.
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. She went on to make several television commercials and guest appearances on television programs. Her breakthrough came when Steinfeld was chosen out of 15,000 girls for the role of Mattie Ross in True Grit when she was 13. The film was released internationally on December 22, 2010, and her performance was well received by critics. Richard Corliss of Time Magazine called it one of the Top 10 Movie Performances of 2010 and wrote that Steinfeld "delivers the orotund dialogue as if it were the easiest vernacular, stares down bad guys, wins hearts. That's a true gift". The role earned Steinfeld a nomination at the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress; the Oscar went to Melissa Leo.
She played Juliet Capulet in a 2013 adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Steinfeld was cast in 2011, at age fourteen, in a role originally intended for a 20-year-old actress. Since there was some concern that she would be asked to appear nude in the film, its director explained that when Steinfeld was cast, the script was changed to make it "age-appropriate for a 14-year-old."The screenwriter added that the film's purity was important, and the main characters "don't make love until they have been married." The film was released in October 2013 to poor reviews in the United States and internationally.
Steinfeld played Violet, one of the leads in the romance-drama Begin Again (formerly called Can A Song Save Your Life?). The film was given a limited release in the United States on June 27, 2014, grossing $134,064 on its opening weekend; it opened in wide release on July 11. It was re-released by The Weinstein Company on August 29.
Steinfeld starred as Petra Arkanian in Ender's Game, a science fiction action-adventure film based on the book by Orson Scott Card. The film was released on November 1, 2013. Paramount Pictures closed a deal in 2011 for the screen rights to the Cat Patrick novel Forgotten and announced that Steinfeld would play London Lane in a project yet to be filmed as of 2015.  Steinfeld was announced to star as Min Green in a screen adaptation of Daniel Handler's romantic-comedy book Why We Broke Up, originally set for release in 2014. She was also cast as Eliza opposite Ender's Game co-star Asa Butterfield in the film adaptation of Ten Thousand Saints, which premiered on January 23, 2015, at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Steinfeld was originally cast to play the female lead in the 2015 film, For the Dogs, but was replaced by actress Emma Roberts. In 2015, Steinfeld co-starred in Pitch Perfect 2, alongside Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks, who also directed.
In spring 2014, Steinfeld narrated as the voice of Anne Frank for an exhibition on Frank at the Museum of Tolerance. In October, she was cast to star as Hadley in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer E. Smith.
In November 2014, Steinfeld was added to the shortlist of actors who were up for the role of the young Jean Grey in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse film against several other actresses including Chloe Grace Moretz, Saoirse Ronan, Sophie Turner and Elle Fanning. The role was eventually given to Turner. She was announced in January 2015 as the star of the film adaptation of Carrie Pilby, the YA novel by Caren Lissner. In March, Steinfeld was included on the list of actors who lent their voices to the English-language dub of the Japanese animated film When Marnie Was There. Steinfeld plays Anna alongside Kiernan Shipka as Marnie.
In May 2015, Steinfeld released a full-length cover version of the Jessie J song "Flashlight", which she sang for Pitch Perfect 2. Also in May, Republic Records announced that Steinfeld had signed a record deal and was working on her first release. A Republic executive said she has the "vision, natural talent and dedication to compete at the highest level."
A second Pitch Perfect sequel was announced in June 2015. Steinfeld is expected to return for the third and final installment of the franchise.
Steinfeld is close friends with actress Sarah Hyland, Barely Lethal co-star Sophie Turner, and The Magic Bracelet co-star Bailee Madison. She is also friends with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.
|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||Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2013||The Magic Bracelet||Angela||Short film|
|2013||Begin Again||Violet Mulligan|
|2013||Romeo and Juliet||Juliet Capulet|
|2013||Ender's Game||Petra Arkanian|
|2014||3 Days to Kill||Zoey Renner|
|2014||The Homesman||Tabitha Hutchinson|
|2014||The Keeping Room||Louise||Premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival|
|2015||Ten Thousand Saints||Eliza||Premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival|
|2015||When Marnie Was There||Anna||Voice (English language dub)|
|2015||Pitch Perfect 2||Emily Junk|
|2015||Barely Lethal||Megan Walsh||Lead role|
|2015||Term Life||Carrie Barrow||In post-production|
|2007||Back to You||Little Girl||Episode: "Gracie's Bully"|
|2010||Summer Camp||Shayna Matson||Unaired Nickelodeon pilot|
|2010||Sons of Tucson||Bethany||Episode: "Chicken Pox"|
|2013||Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy||Narrator||Documentary|
|2015||"Bad Blood"||Taylor Swift||The Trinity|||
|2014||"Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home (Roof Top Mix)" feat. Keira Knightley||Begin Again (soundtrack)|
|2015||"Riff Off: Thong Song / (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty / Low / Bootylicious / Baby Got Back / Live Like You Were Dying / Before He Cheats / A Thousand Miles / We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together / What's Love Got to Do with It / This Is How We Do It / Doo Wop (That Thing) / Poison / Scenario / Insane in the Brain" with the Das Sound Machine, Tone Hanger, The Barden Bellas, Green Bay Packers and The Treblemakers||Pitch Perfect 2 (soundtrack)|
|"Convention Performance: Promises / Problem" with The Barden Bellas|
|"Back to Basics: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy / You Can't Hurry Love / Lady Marmalade / MMMBop / My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" with The Barden Bellas|
|"Cups ("When I'm Gone")" with The Barden Bellas|
|"World Championship Finale 2: Run the World (Girls) / Where Them Girls At / Lady Marmalade / We Belong / Timber / Flashlight" with The Barden Bellas|
Awards and nominations
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