Hailee Steinfeld

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Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld (Berlin Film Festival 2011) (cropped).jpg
Steinfeld at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival
Born (1996-12-11) December 11, 1996 (age 20)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actress
  • model
  • singer
Years active 2007–present
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Labels Republic
Website haileesteinfeldofficial.com

Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996) is an American actress, model and singer. She first became known for her portrayal of Mattie Ross in True Grit (2010), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Thereafter, she appeared as Petra Arkanian in Ender's Game (2013), Juliet Capulet in Romeo & Juliet (2013), Violet Mulligan in Begin Again (2013), Zooey Renner in 3 Days to Kill (2014), and Nadine Franklin in The Edge of Seventeen (2016), for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination.

After singing "Flashlight" in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), Steinfield released a cover version of the song and was later signed to Republic Records. She released her debut single, "Love Myself", which has been certified platinum in several countries, and later an extended play, Haiz. In 2016, she released "Starving", a collaboration with both Grey and Zedd, which peaked at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In addition to her acting and singing careers, Steinfeld also has done modeling work; she was hired as the face of Miu Miu in 2011, shortly after True Grit was released.

Early life[edit]

Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996,[1] in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Cheri (née Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer.[2][3] She has an older brother, Griffin.[2] Her paternal uncle is fitness trainer Jake Steinfeld, and her maternal grand-uncle is former child actor Larry Domasin.[1][4] Her maternal first cousin, actress True O'Brien, appeared in a television commercial when Steinfeld was eight years old, inspiring her to try acting as well.[5]

Steinfeld's father is Jewish.[6] Her maternal grandfather was of half Filipino and half African-American descent.[7] She was raised in Agoura Hills and later in Thousand Oaks, California,[2][8] attending Ascension Lutheran School, Conejo Elementary, and Colina Middle School. She was home-schooled from 2008 until her high school graduation in June 2015.[citation needed][9]


2007–2014: Career beginnings and True Grit[edit]

Steinfeld at the premiere of Secretariat, September 2010

Steinfeld began acting at the age of eight; she appeared in several short films, including in the role of Talia Alden in the award-winning She's a Fox.[10] She made several television guest appearances and commercials.[8] Steinfeld was chosen for the role of Mattie Ross in True Grit when she was 13.[2] The film was released internationally in December, 2010; Richard Corliss of Time magazine called her performance 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".[11] Reviews from Roger Ebert, the Los Angeles Times, and Rolling Stone were also complimentary.[12] The role earned Steinfeld a nomination at the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress; the Oscar went to Melissa Leo.[13] In May 2011, five months after Grit was released, Steinfeld was chosen to be the new face of Italian designer brand Miu Miu.[14][15]

Also in 2011, Steinfeld was cast at age 14 to play Juliet Capulet in a 2013 adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.[16] The role was 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."[17] The screenwriter added that the film's purity was important, and the main characters "don't make love until they have been married."[18] The film was released in October 2013 to poor reviews in the United States and internationally.[19] Steinfeld played Violet, one of the leads in the romance-drama Begin Again (formerly called Can A Song Save Your Life?).[20] 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.[21] It was re-released by The Weinstein Company on August 29.[22] 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.[23] Paramount Pictures closed a deal in 2011 for the screen rights to the Cat Patrick novel Forgotten and announced that she would play London Lane in a project yet to be filmed as of 2015.[24] In 2014, Steinfeld was announced to star as Min Green in a screen adaptation of Daniel Handler's romantic-comedy book Why We Broke Up, but the film has yet to be recorded.[25]

2015–present: Pitch Perfect 2, Haiz and other projects[edit]

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

She was 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.[26] Steinfeld was originally cast to play the female lead in the 2015 film, For the Dogs, but was replaced by actress Emma Roberts.[27] In spring 2014, Steinfeld narrated as the voice of Anne Frank for an exhibition on Frank at the Museum of Tolerance.[28] 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.[29] Steinfeld was announced in January 2015 as the star of the film adaptation of Carrie Pilby, the young adult novel by Caren Lissner.[30] In March, Steinfeld was one of the voice actors for the English-language dub of the Japanese animated film When Marnie Was There. Steinfeld plays Anna alongside Kiernan Shipka as Marnie.[31] Steinfeld stars in the music video for Taylor Swift's single "Bad Blood". The video premiered at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards ceremony on May 17, 2015.[32]

In 2015, Steinfeld co-starred in Pitch Perfect 2, alongside Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks, who also directed.[33] She played some of her songs for a representative from Republic Records at an event in New York City, and the label signed her.[34] In May, Republic Records announced the record deal and that Steinfeld was working on her first release.[35]

In late April 2015, Steinfeld was cast in a lead role in Break My Heart 1000 Times, based on the YA novel by Daniel Waters. Scott Speer is set to direct.[36] 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" and "I'm gonna touch the pain away/I know how to scream my own name"; the music video, released one week later, features Steinfeld wearing a leotard emblazoned with "self service".[37] This prompted media outlets to dub the song an "ode to masturbation".[34][38]

Steinfeld's debut EP is titled Haiz, the nickname used by her fans. Haiz was produced by Mattman & Robin and features co-writers Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter.[39] The EP was released on November 13, 2015, to mixed reviews from PopDust,[40] Vulture[41] and Nylon.[42] On February 27, Steinfeld released "Rock Bottom" as second single in a new version featuring American funk pop band DNCE.[43] Her single "Starving" was released on July 15, 2016. The song is a collaboration with Grey featuring Zedd and became her biggest hit to date going platinum in Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States while also going double platinum in Australia and triple platinum in Canada.[44]

Steinfeld played the lead role in The Edge of Seventeen, a coming-of-age comedy co-starring Blake Jenner, Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick, and written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig.[45] The film was released November 18, 2016, to positive reviews, and Steinfeld's performance was praised by critics and earned a Golden Globe Award nomination.[46][47]

A second Pitch Perfect sequel was announced in June 2015. Steinfeld is confirmed to return for the third installment of the franchise.[48]


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2010 True Grit Mattie Ross Joel & Ethan Coen
2013 Hateship, Loveship Sabitha Liza Johnson
Begin Again Violet Mulligan John Carney
Romeo & Juliet Juliet Capulet Carlo Carlei
Ender's Game Petra Arkanian Gavin Hood
2014 3 Days to Kill Zooey Renner McG
The Homesman Tabitha Hutchinson Tommy Lee Jones
The Keeping Room Louise Daniel Barber
2015 Ten Thousand Saints Eliza Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Pitch Perfect 2 Emily Junk Elizabeth Banks
Barely Lethal Megan Walsh Kyle Newman
2016 Term Life Cate Barrow Peter Billingsley
The Edge of Seventeen Nadine Franklin Kelly Fremon Craig
2017 Pitch Perfect 3 Emily Junk Trish Sie

Short films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Heather: A Fairytale Heather
2009 She's a Fox Talia Alden
2010 Without Wings Allison
2010 Grand Cru Sophie
2013 The Magic Bracelet Angela

Voice roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Annie's Room Narrator Documentary[49]
2013 Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Narrator Documentary[50]
2015 Unity Narrator Documentary
2015 When Marnie Was There Anna Sasaki English dub


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Back to You Little Girl Episode: "Gracie's Bully"
2010 Summer Camp Shayna Matson Television film
2010 Sons of Tucson Bethany Springs Episode: "Chicken Pox"
2016 Idol Guest Star Swedish TV series

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Director
2012 "Endlessly" The Cab Elliott Sellers[51]
2015 "Bad Blood" Taylor Swift Joseph Kahn[52]
"Sing" Pentatonix Christian Lamb
2017 "At My Best" Machine Gun Kelly Hannah Lux Davis


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2010 Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress True Grit Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Performer Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress[citation needed] Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
Houston Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress[53] Won
Indiana Film Journalists Association Best Supporting Actress[citation needed] Won
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Youth in Film[citation needed] Won
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – Female[citation needed] Won
Southeastern Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress[citation needed] Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress[54] Won
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Breakout Female Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2013 MaxMara Face of the Future[55] Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Scene Stealer Pitch Perfect 2 Nominated
2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards Biggest Triple Threat[56] Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Best Young Actress [57] The Edge of Seventeen Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Actress in a Comedy[58] Nominated
Best Young Performer[59] Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance[60] Nominated
2017 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical[61] Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite New Artist[62] Nominated
Radio Disney Music Awards Breakout Artist of the Year[63] Pending
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Performance in a Movie[64] The Edge of Seventeen Pending

See also[edit]


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