Stefan Pape from HeyUGuys interviews the hugely talented Hailee Steinfeld for her movie Edge of Seventeen.
Hailee shot to fame in True Grit co-starring with Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges and since then has continued to shine as an actress and more recently as a recording artist and entertainer. They discuss how this has changed the actor and what keeps her grounded:
“Oh my God, that’s so weird,” Hailee Steinfeld said with a laugh when she was reminded that she will no longer be a teenager in about a couple of weeks. She turns 20 on Dec. 11.
Fittingly, she looked every inch a stunning young woman, no longer the kid we first met when she made her major screen debut in the Coen brothers’ “True Grit.” The Oscar-nominated actress wore red lipstick and a blue one-shoulder couture dress.
Apropos to her transition, Hailee delivers a stellar performance in writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig’s “The Edge of Seventeen” that’s being widely praised by critics. In the coming-of-age comedy-drama, which has no less than Oscar winner James Brooks as lead producer, the Filipino-American plays Nadine, whose unhappy high school life became even unbearable when she discovers that her best friend is dating her older brother.
Variety’s Owen Gleiberman gushed, “Hailee Steinfeld has gathered confidence as a performer, and ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ is her breakthrough. She’s a fantastic actress, with a sharpness and verve that belies the catlike softness of her features. She’s like the young Elizabeth Taylor, with playful flexing eyebrows that italicize her every thought. Even when she’s just tossing off lines, Steinfeld makes Nadine a hellion you can’t tear yourself away from. She isn’t just the star of ‘The Edge of Seventeen’—she’s its center of gravity.”
Hailee, even in her interaction with a fine supporting cast that includes Woody Harrelson (their student-teacher banter is one of the film’s delights), Kyra Sedgwick, Blake Jenner, Hayden Szeto (playing an Asian dude who finally gets the lead girl) and Haley Lu Richardson, is in top form.
The actress benefits from the nuanced, realistic script of Kelly, who reportedly interviewed many teen girls as part of her research. It is also Kelly’s feature film directing debut.
“One thing that stood out about this script was the dialogue,” Hailee pointed out. “I have read contemporary pieces before, and I have always felt slightly confused by them. I was never able to figure out why. I didn’t know if it was like, oh Hailee would never do that or dress like that. When I read a period piece, I don’t think that for whatever reason. Continue reading “Hailee Steinfeld on the edge of turning 20”
If you’ve got Hailee in Secret Santa, you know exactly what to get her. Sure, we know that Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in ‘True Grit’ when she was just 13. Of course we’re aware that she’s dropped huge tunes with the likes of DNCE and – obviously – the massive track ‘Starving’ with Grey and Zedd.
But we didn’t know that she found the tea culture over here in the United Kingdom a little bit scary, to tell the truth. When Hailee came by to chat about her new single, we decided to pop a few questions her way, and it couldn’t have gone better:
Picture 01: 11:11 PM: landed in New York
Picture 02: EDGE OF 17 IS IN THEATERS NOW.
Picture 03: So proud and excited for my Lil sis @HaileeSteinfeld’s new movie The Edge of Seventeen! Check it out in theaters now! I see an Oscar in her future! Shout out to my hermano who already has an Oscar @iamjamiefoxx! He just wrapped his first feature film which he Directed All Star Weekend! #friday #weekend #movies #oscars #friends #family #talent #edgeofseventeen #allstarweekend ? ?
Picture 04: lova boy
Ever wondered what’s on your favorite celebrity’s phone (ya know, in a non-weird way)? MarieClaire.com teamed up with Hailee Steinfeld to unlock some cellular secrets, and got details on the actress/singer’s unpublished Twitter drafts, personal texts, and even her lock screen photo. Let’s collectively swipe right, shall we?
What was the last photo you liked on Instagram?
“I don’t know exactly but it was probably something of Rihanna’s.”
What’s the last random thing you screenshot?
“I constantly screenshot recipes, and the last was a recipe for ‘slutty brownies.'”
What’s the oldest photo on your phone?
“It’s of my mom pregnant with me, and my brother is kissing her tummy! It would have been in 1996.”
“I’m currently on tour for my movie The Edge of Seventeen, and I was in Chicago last night and took a picture walking in the city.
How many unread messages are in your red bubble email counter right now?
“Oh god, currently? There are 56.”
What’s your weirdest phone habit?
“For whatever reason, I constantly have to have my phone at 100 percent. It freaks me out if it’s not. If I leave my house without it being at 100 percent, I’m just not off to a good start.”
What was the last thing you Google searched?
“I am desperately trying to take a vacation with my friend, so I’ve been googling places to go. Pictures of Hawaii and Barbados—stuff like that.”
What was the last thing you bought using your phone?
“I just finished tour with Meghan Trainor over the summer (which was awesome), and as an end-of-tour gift I bought my crew Swarovski Crystal bracelets. I love that I could do that on the road from my phone.”
What do you have filed away in notes?
“A bunch of song ideas. I would tell you, but none of them would make sense!”
What’s your phone’s lock screen photo?
“It’s a picture of myself, my family, and my nana holding the plaque from my first single ‘Love Myself’ after it went platinum.”
Open your alarm clock app: how many alarms are saved in there right now?
“Oh God. I have about one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine—I have ten for a bunch of different times that I’m apparently waking up around.”
What’s the last song you played on Spotify?
“‘Fake Love’ by Drake.”
And finally, what about your most *played* song?
“Probably ‘One Dance’ by Drake.”