Hailee Steinfeld celebrated her debut as cover girl and guest editor for the sixth edition of harper by Harper’s Bazaar Friday at the aptly named Sunset Tower Hotel. With the pink-and-purple-streaked sky on the terrace providing the perfect backdrop, Steinfeld caught up with girlfriends Bailee Madison, Joey King and Kiernan Shipka and posed for photos with Bazaar’s Laura Brown. In between the flurry of activity, the 19-year-old singer and actress chatted with WWD about her new music, her respect for fashion designers and being in Taylor Swift’s girl squad.
WWD: What was the most memorable moment of the shoot for you?
Hailee Steinfeld: I got to bring my dream team for hair and makeup, Bobby Eliot and Stephen Sollitto. They have been with me for so long. Every time I’m with them, I’m reminded how lucky I am to get to do what I do.
WWD: You’ve just released your first EP, “Haiz.” What’s your reaction to the response it’s received?
H.S.: It’s been very overwhelming how positive everything has been. My fans have been so genuinely supportive having been with me since my movies and crossing over with me to music. Music has always been a passion and it’s always been a part of the plan to record it and put it out into the world, but I never could have planned the way it’s gone. It’s been so seamless and surreal.
WWD: We’re digging the second single “Rock Bottom” featuring DNCE. Where did the inspiration come from?
H.S.: The song was written by Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. “Rock Bottom” is not a love song, it’s not a breakup song; it’s that perfect in-between of that type of relationship I feel everyone’s been in, where you love a person so much, but they drive you absolutely insane and you let them because you love them. And that’s what keeps you coming back for more.
WWD: Do you find it difficult to balance your acting and music career?
H.S.: It’s not easy. It can be frustrating when it comes to picking one, but it’s been done, so I will continue to do both and do whatever I can to make it work. Right now, music is my main focus and it’s where every part of me is at. So I’m working on my album, I’ll be going on tour this summer with Meghan Trainor, and we’ll see what happens.
If you’re a fan of Hailee Steinfeld, you’re probably already familiar with her work in movies like True Grit and Ender’s Game, her appearance in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video, and her EP Haiz. But you might not be as familiar with her upcoming movie Term Life, and that’s totally not your fault, because for a while it wasn’t even certain if this movie was going to happen. Hailee Steinfeld was cast in Term Life in fall 2013, but shortly thereafter it was announced that Universal Pictures was dropping the film. It appeared that Term Life was done and over with, but then the project was salvaged by a new company, and the movie began shooting in March 2014. Finally, it became available on demand on Feb. 16, and is now officially set to be released by Focus Features for April 29.
It’s about time! For the Hailee Steinfeld fans who have been patiently waiting for Term Life’s release, here are a few things that will make you feel confident that the new movie, a crime-centric black comedy about a thief (played by Vince Vaughn) and his daughter (Steinfeld), was worth the wait.
The comedy star plays a clever criminal who plans heists for other people to execute, and Steinfeld plays his estranged teenaged daughter Carrie. It’s a great match in terms of casting, and sets the stage for some hilarious conflict when Carrie unwillingly becomes entangled in her father’s criminal lifestyle.
Carrie wants nothing to do with her dad, or really anyone, for that matter. The teenage angst is tangible, and the trailer alone has multiple moments that show off Steinfeld’s skill at playing a moody adolescent with a dirty mouth.
Superfans will notice that this isn’t the first time Steinfeld has played the estranged daughter of an “armed and dangerous” male character; 2014’s 3 Days to Kill featured her as the child of a CIA agent played by Kevin Costner.
Although it’s been a long, arduous ride, Steinfeld fans can have confidence that Term Life will finally be released this spring. Kudos for your patience, and here’s to hoping that the movie prove to be 100% worth the wait.
A couple of months ago we showed you a video of Hailee Steinfeld fucking around in a studio with our favourite nu-pop writer/producer/rap game mogul lil aaron.
We now know that was to put together a song called Fragile, which is the new single by Republic-signed LA producer Prince Fox, who “approaches making electronic dance music with a classic ear for songwriting.”
Fragile will be out on May 6!