Falling in love can be intoxicating, terrifying, and feel like an emotional roller coaster. But budding superstar Hailee Steinfeld, in full-blown heart-emoji heaven for the first time, can’t wait for the ride.
Hailee doesn’t want to talk about her boyfriend. But the 21-year-old Oscar nominee, pop singer, and former Swift Squad regular is more than willing to use the L-word. A lot.
“When you fall in love,” she tells Cosmo, “you pick up on the tiniest things about yourself. I am one to spread out on the mattress and take up every inch of space. Now I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to make as much room for you as possible.”
“You start doing things for this person and going out of your way to make them happy.”
By now, it’s safe to assume the “you” she’s talking about is Niall Horan. Photos of Hailee smooching the former One Directioner have gone viral online, and the two have left juicy crumbs for fans—Hailee sporting a T-shirt with Niall’s face on it; Niall extolling her awesomeness on Twitter.
Her newest song, “Used to This”—one she wrote and debuted on tour with Charlie Puth this summer—is about sharing breakfast and lying in bed with someone. (Niall recently told Cosmo that he’s a “fantastic cuddler,” so Hailee may not want to make too much room on that mattress.)
“You start doing things for this person and going out of your way to make them happy,” she says about falling deep for the very first time. “And when you see them happy, it makes you happier. When you love who you are with that person…there’s nothing that compares.”
Well, maybe a few things could compare. Like being catapulted to fame at 14, after a mind-bendingly mature performance in 2010’s True Grit. Like costarring with Hollywood heavy hitters such as Woody Harrelson and Viola Davis. Like walking the red carpet at the Met Gala, dripping in diamonds, and having front-row seats at New York Fashion Week.
“I realized, I’m not going to stay here and feel uncomfortable just to fit in.”
And like carrying her own Transformers blockbuster, Bumblebee, out December 21. (Hailee will also have a role in December’s animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and play Emily Dickinson in Apple’s upcoming show about the beloved poet.)