Steinfeld at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival
December 11, 1996 |
Los Angeles, 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, Zooey Renner in the 2014 crime film 3 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. Her single "Love Myself" was released along with a music video in August.
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 (just barely) a professional NASCAR driver, having competed in only 5 K&N Pro Series races. 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 part Filipino 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.
Acting and modeling
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". Both Roger Ebert and the Los Angeles Times wrote, "she nails it"; Rolling Stone said Steinfeld's "star-is-born performance is worth shouting about." 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.
Steinfeld 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.
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 had been "experimenting" with music since about age 12; she got an opportunity to play some of her songs for a representative from Republic Records at an event in New York City. In May 2015, Steinfeld released a full-length cover version of the Jessie J song "Flashlight", which she sang for Pitch Perfect 2. When a Republic Records executive announced in May that Steinfeld had signed a record deal and was working on her first release, he said, "she has the vision, natural talent and dedication to compete at the highest level."
In July 2015, Steinfeld and singer Shawn Mendes released an acoustic version of Mendes' single, "Stitches". The following month, Steinfeld released "Love Myself", including the lyrics, "I'm gonna put my body first/And love me so hard 'til it hurts"; the music video, released one week later, features Steinfeld wearing a leotard emblazoned with "self service". Steinfeld said the lyrics are intended to be interpreted by the listener, "but for me it’s an empowerment record and it’s ultimately about taking care of yourself and indulging yourself, whether that be emotionally or physically or with material things."
Her upcoming album was produced by Mattman & Robin and features co-writers Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. Steinfeld said she "can't wait" for people to hear it. "There are a lot of songs on this album that will surprise people."
Steinfeld is close friends with fellow actresses Sarah Hyland, Odeya Rush, 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||Zooey Renner|
|2014||The Homesman||Tabitha Hutchinson|
|2014||The Keeping Room||Louise|
|2015||Ten Thousand Saints||Eliza|
|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||Post-production|
|2017||Pitch Perfect 3||Emily Junk||Filming|
|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|||
|2015||"Love Myself"||Hailee Steinfeld||Herself|||
|"Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home (Roof Top Mix)"||2014||Keira Knightley||Begin Again|
|"Riff Off"||2015||Das Sound Machine, Tone Hangers, The Barden Bellas, Green Bay Packers, The Treblemakers||Pitch Perfect 2|
|"Convention Performance"||The Barden Bellas|
|"Back to Basics"|
|"Cups ("When I'm Gone")"|
|"World Championship Finale 2"|
|"Stitches" (acoustic version)||Shawn Mendes||None|
Awards and nominations
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