Hailee Steinfeld has enjoyed turning 21. “I love getting ID’d now,” says the actor and singer. “So much so that I have it out before they can ask.”
The Oscar-nominated star of True Grit is also currently supporting Katy Perry’s world tour and is a Rihanna obsessive. Her 2017 hit, Most Girls, is all about gender empowerment. Please don’t stop the music, she says.
Are beautiful, intelligent and strong in their own way. I meet girls and women every day who I aspire to be like. There’s no gold standard.
Who’s your pop idol?
Katy Perry, so opening for her tour is surreal. She has a great energy and the show she puts on is insane.
Is there anything you can teach her?
I need to check out whether she can floss. I’m still working on my flossing.
Something from London you’d like to take home?
I can’t come here and not take a photo in a red telephone booth. I’d also like a pedalo boat from the Serpentine. I tried to hop on one last time I was here but the line was too long.
The last time you were speechless?
I was about five feet away from Rihanna at this year’s Met Gala. You’d think I’d say hello but I got out my phone and took a selfie video instead.
A guilty pleasure?
I love putting Cheetos in a sandwich. You get a bit of a crunch in there.
Strangest thing a fan has sent you?
Avocados, boxes of cereal and a lot of socks. I really don’t mind, though. Please keep the socks coming.
An anti-anxiety hack?
I just Googled the colour teal and set that as my phone background. I know that’s boring but it starts to stress me out when there are apps all over it and a background going on underneath.
An alternative career you’ve considered?
I’ve always wanted to be a ventriloquist or a magician.
One of the hardest working women in the industry right now, singer/songwriter/actress Hailee Steinfeld jetted from her supporting duties on Katy Perry’s Witness Tour to perform at our annual, huge live event – Isle Of MTV in Malta last night (27th June).
Before taking to the stage which saw epic performances from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Jason Derulo and Sigala with Paloma Faith, Ella Eyre and Fuse ODG, MTV grabbed a quick chat with Hailee to find out what’s going on with that debut album of her’s…
“I’m incredibly excited to show everybody what I’ve been working on,” she beamed, “I’ve been spending quite a lot of time and, I’ve said this before, it feels like this never ending process in the best way possible and I feel like it’s all about taking your time and knowing that. In the back of mind I’m like ‘there’s no rush’ but then I’m like ‘but the fans! They want it and they’re begging me!’ And I just want to get it to them as soon as I possibly can but I just want it to be right. I’m working on it and it’ll be, I don’t want to say the word ‘soon’, but it’ll be out soon!”
On what collaborations we might expect on the LP, she kept tight-lipped but told us that there’s “some I think people won’t necessarily expect. I have a couple of friends that I’ve been collaborating with and writing with which I’m very excited about so that’s like the biggest non-answer possible but there are some collaborations and I can’t wait for you to find out who they are!”
If her recent list of collaborators including Zedd, BloodPop, Alesso and MNEK, is anything to go by we CANNOT WAIT! Hurry up please Hailee!