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Hailee Steinfeld has a new muse, she declares, but the woman has been dead for 133 years. No matter. She has still given Steinfeld a “newfound fearless approach” to her next collection of music, the first in five years.
That is pretty powerful stuff, considering Steinfeld is referring to Emily Dickinson, a poet most of us were forced to analyze in some way or another in junior high school. But Dickinson has become a prevalent part of Steinfeld’s life; so much so, she apologizes for bringing her up repeatedly, even quoting her, in conversation. She’s forgiven, of course, and her 12.5 million Instagram followers will be relieved to know – not just because Steinfeld is so genuinely nice. Rather, Steinfeld has spent the better part of a year playing the title role on Dickinson, which was renewed for a second season before it even premiered on Apple TV+ on November 1st.
She had not been particularly excited to read the script of the first two episodes when they were sent to her for consideration. “You know, I thought, okay, it’s a period piece. It could be dry and not so exciting,” she admits. “But when I got into it, I saw that modern contemporary pop music, for one, plays a big part in it. I was excited by that” – Steinfeld’s own single “Afterlife,” which dropped in September, appears on the show – “and the amount of modern parallels you see are so surprising and heartbreaking but at the same time funny.”
After speaking with creator Alena Smith, Steinfeld says the “rest is history,” but perhaps that’s just the 23-year-old not giving herself enough credit.
She is also now an executive producer on the project, and it is obvious Steinfeld put in a tremendous amount of research into her role as a young version of the poet in mid-19th century Amherst, Massachusetts. So it’s really no surprise Emily Dickinson (or at least the spirit of her) was with Steinfeld when she went into the studio after the cast finished filming the first season.
“I was so excited to just go in and say absolutely everything I was feeling, and I think again that has a lot to do with that Emily really was that person: she was so unapologetic, she wrote about everything she felt, and she was so completely…shameless,” Steinfeld says excitedly, bestowing an adjective normally used in derogatory ways on the poet as if it is the utmost honor.
This description goes hand-in-hand with the character Steinfeld portrays on screen, but perhaps not the one we learned about in the classroom: historically, Dickinson had a reputation as a curmudgeonly, reclusive spinster, who may have been chock-full of talent, but was a humorless heterosexual. Continue reading “Hailee Steinfeld is Fearlessly Entering the New Decade”
Niall Horan, 26, and Hailee Steinfeld, 23, broke off their romance in Dec. 2018 after a few months of dating and now everyone’s talking about Hailee’s upcoming track “Wrong Direction” because it may very well be a diss song about the former One Direction member. The Irish artist, however, is not worrying too much about it and it’s all due to his experience with music and the understanding he has with his ex.
“Niall is not losing any sleep over Hailee’s upcoming single. He knows the name of the game when it comes to music and these type of songs will happen from time to time, he’ll likely do it in the future himself,” a source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. “You have to write about what you know, whether it is heartache and heartbreak or the love of your life. This sort of thing is going to happen all the time and Niall is totally cool with whatever she has to do for her career, even if it ends up bashing him.”
“Niall is actually happy for Hailee in whatever new music she puts out there because he knows how talented she is,” another source EXCLUSIVELY said. “Their split was hard, but time has passed and he has moved forward with it all and he believes she has as well. It feels that everything is water under the bridge at this point and Niall knows better than anybody else that artists use their music as a way to express themselves and he understands if she feels a certain way then she should be able to do the same.”
Although Hailee hasn’t confirmed whether or not the track is about Niall, fans can’t help but think it’s obvious from the title of it. The brunette beauty took to Instagram on Dec. 29 to post a photo that showed the name of the song and used the caption to announce the release date. “1/1,” it simply read.
In this poetic interpretation of Emily Dickinson’s life, creator Alena Smith demonstrates that many of the issues that Dickinson faced in the 1800s still apply to women today. Dickinson star Hailee Steinfeld shares how proud she is to bring such an impactful figure to life:
Could Hailee Steinfeld be releasing a diss track about her ex-boyfriend, Niall Horan?
Some fans seem to think she’s written a song about the former One Direction heartthrob (whom she briefly dated in 2018) after the singer teased the name of her upcoming new single over the weekend. Steinfeld revealed via Twitter on Sunday that she’ll be releasing a song titled “Wrong Direction” on Wednesday, Jan. 1.
Fans immediately started replying to Steinfeld, arguing that the name of the track was a not-so-subtle dig at Horan and the boy band (also made up of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson) that made him famous.
“Oh you’re coming after niall,” one fan wrote, with another adding, “Am I feeling the shade or what?”
Death takes on a life of its own in Emily Dickinson’s imagination. The only person with enough swag to play this role was none other than award-winning rapper Wiz Khalifa. Hear star Hailee Steinfeld, creator Alena Smith, and guest star Wiz Khalifa talk about the process of creating the smooth, mysterious character of Death for Dickinson: