Today, Steinfeld is an Oscar-nominated, nineteen-going-on-twenty-year-old pop star (her birthday is this weekend), who most recently played the lead in “The Edge of Seventeen,” which was written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig and is being lauded by critics as “The Best Teen Movie In Years.” Unlike most teenagers, however, Steinfeld doesn’t have time to watch television and was homeschooled after she started acting. Plus, she’s got a Swarovski watch on her Christmas list. But, despite all her accolades, Steinfeld still loves normal things, like watching “The Parent Trap,” listening to Drake and Eminem, and hanging out with her friends, like Taylor Swift. Totally casual.
Describe yourself as a 17-year-old girl. How were you similar and/or different from your character?
The one similarity between my 17-year old self and who I am as a soon-to-be 20-year-old is that I’m no less inquisitive and excited about exploring adulthood. Certainly, I’ve discovered a lot about myself over the last three years, but my curiosity about life beyond my teen years is really exciting.
Three words that describe your generation:
Ambitious, Invested, Empowered.
What was your favorite subject in school? And a book that has stuck with you?
I was for the most part fond of History as a subject. As for book, Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur is required reading.
Film character in history that you most relate to:
Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon.
Last movie that made you cry:
Me Before You.
Movie that never gets old:
The Parent Trap (with Lindsey Lohan)
The TV shows currently keeping you up at night:
I honestly don’t watch TV enough to be glued to the couch. At least for now.
Three words that describe your style:
Flirty, sophisticated, bold.
Something you would never wear:
One Hailee Steinfeld autograph seeker got an ambulance ride from LAX, but video of the incident makes it seem like he might deserve an Oscar.
Our photog was on the scene as Hailee walked to her car, and the autograph seeker persistently buzzed around her. The dude desperately wanted her Jane Hancock, but Hailee’s handler wasn’t having it and did get a little physical.
We caught the whole thing on video, and while it didn’t seem like mortal combat — the guy ended up needing medical assistance.
The handler had to talk to cops, and the autograph seeker was writhing in pain in the ambulance.
We don’t know if anyone’s faking here. We’re just saying watch the video: