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Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld
Steinfeld at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival premiere of True Grit
Born (1996-12-11) December 11, 1996 [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 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.

Personal life

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 older cousin, actress True O'Brien appeared in a television commercial when Steinfeld was eight years old, inspiring her to try acting as well.[6][7] Her father is Jewish[8][9] and her mother is of English, Filipino and German descent.[10][11] Steinfeld was raised in Agoura Hills and later in Thousand Oaks, California,[3][12] attending Ascension Lutheran School, Conejo Elementary, and Colina Middle School. She has been home-schooled since 2008.[13]

Steinfeld counts fellow actresses Sarah Hyland,[14] Barely Lethal co-star Sophie Turner[15] and The Magic Bracelet co-star Bailee Madison[16] among her close friends. She is also friends with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift[17] and The Cab lead singer Alexander DeLeon.[18]


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.[19] She went on to make several television commercials and guest appearances on television programs.[12] 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.[3] 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".[20] The role earned Steinfeld a nomination at the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress; the Oscar went to Melissa Leo.[21]

In May 2011, five months after Grit was released, Steinfeld was chosen to be the new face of Italian designer brand Miu Miu.[22][23]

She played Juliet Capulet in a 2013 adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, by director Carlo Carlei.[24] 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, Director Carlo Carlei explained that when "Hailee Steinfeld was cast, all nudity and love scenes were excised from the script making it age-appropriate for a 14-year-old."[25] Writer Julian Fellowes added that "purity was an important part of the film. They don't make love until they have been married."[26] The film was released in October 2013 to poor reviews in the United States and internationally.[27]

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

Steinfeld played Violet, one of the leads in Begin Again (formerly called Can A Song Save Your Life?), a romance-drama directed by John Carney.[28] The film was given a limited release in the United States on June 27, 2014, grossing $134,064 on its opening weekend, and opened in wide release on July 11.[29] It was re-released by The Weinstein Company on August 29.[30]

Steinfeld starred as [32] Steinfeld was announced to star 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.[33] She was also cast as Eliza opposite Ender's Game co-star Asa Butterfield in the film adaptation of Ten Thousand Saints, which is set to be released in 2015.[34] Steinfeld was originally cast to play the female role in the 2015 film, For the Dogs, but was replaced by actress Emma Roberts.[35] In 2014, Steinfeld joined the cast of Pitch Perfect 2, alongside Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks (who is also directing).[36]

In spring 2014, Steinfeld narrated as the voice of Anne Frank for an exhibition on Frank at the Museum of Tolerance.[37] 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.[38]

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 and Elle Fanning.[39]



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[40]
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

Year Artist Song
2012 The Cab "Endlessly"

Awards and nominations

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[41] 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[42] Won
2012 Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer Nominated
2013 MaxMara Face of the Future Award[43] Won


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