Hailee Steinfeld is on a roll right now.
With three consecutive hits in the past year in “Starving,” “Let Me Go” and “Most Girls,” Steinfeld has taken her platform as a beloved actress in films like “Edge of Seventeen” and the “Pitch Perfect” franchise and turned it into genuine pop music stardom. And, with her debut album on the way, she shows no signs of slowing down.
Ahead of her performance at the Kellogg’s NYC space in Union Square, AOL Entertainment sat down with Steinfeld to talk about her upcoming album, the reason behind her one-off single releases and reflecting on her Oscar nomination for “True Grit” seven years ago at Sunday’s Vanity Fair Oscars party.
Check out our full conversation with Hailee Steinfeld below:
You’re performing at Kellogg’s NYC on “National Cereal Day Eve,” which has to be one of the more unique performance opportunities you’ve had in recent memory.
Oh, yeah! Totally. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a very big fan of cereal, and to be here performing in this incredible space is amazing. I have a feeling if I weren’t performing, I would be here anyway celebrating as a tourist because where else would you want to be on National Cereal Day? This would be my spot.
In the past year or so, you’ve had three massive hits back-to-back-to-back: “Starving,” “Let Me Go” and “Most Girls.” Do you feel like you’re on a roll?
It’s crazy, really. It’s so exciting how the music thing has been working for me. To have one after another like that is not easy, and I owe a lot to my fans and my label. Mentally, I do feel like I’m on a roll, and I’m working on my album right now. With the EP and the last few singles, they’ve brought me all over the world, and I can’t wait to see where this album takes me.
Do you feel pressure to follow up one hit with another?
There is that sort of — if you want to call it “pressure” — in the way back of my mind, and it’s an obvious conversation of, “What are we going to follow this up with?” But I honestly feel like you can never go wrong with following something up with something else that means something to you. At the end of the day, if it doesn’t necessarily resonate with other people, it still meant something to you, and I always think that that’s the most important.
You’ve been releasing your singles mostly as one-offs, instead of songs that are part of albums or longer projects. Was that a conscious decision? That strategy seems to work for a lot of artists in this streaming-centric landscape.
It was sort of [conscious], but also I would go away for three months and make a movie and couldn’t commit myself to an album at that time or to more than one song at that time. Luckily, my fans are great and patient and loyal enough to live with one single for as long as they have. Continue reading “Hailee Steinfeld ‘wrapping up’ her debut album: ‘I have ten more things I want to talk about!’”