7 May 2015
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She’s the newest member of the Barden Bellas, but Hailee Steinfeld says her singing skills were limited before signing on to costar in Pitch Perfect 2.

“I was equally excited as I was nervous,” Steinfeld, 18, tells PEOPLE in the magazine’s new issue of taking on the role as the a cappella group’s newest recruit.

“Singing has always been something that I love, but I’ve never taken it any further than maybe the shower.”

But when her agent called to tell her about the possible part, the True Grit Oscar nominee couldn’t wait to give it a shot.

“The whole concept of singing a cappella was something so fascinating to me, and watching the first movie you realize how cool it is, but you don’t realize how hard it is.”