Hailee Steinfeld Wiki

Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Her breakthrough role came as Mattie Ross in the drama western film True Grit (2010), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred as Emily Junk in the Pitch Perfect film series (2015–2017) and as Nadine Franklin in The Edge of Seventeen (2016).

Early Life

Hailee Steinfeld is from Los Angeles, California, U.S. She was born at Thousand Oaks, California. She is the daughter of Cheri (née Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has an older brother, Griffin. Her paternal uncle is fitness trainer Jake Steinfeld, and her maternal grand-uncle is former child actor Larry Domasin. Her maternal first cousin, actress True O'Brien, appeared in a television commercial when Steinfeld was eight years old, inspiring her to try acting as well.

Steinfeld's father is Jewish. Her maternal grandfather was of half Filipino and half African-American descent and her maternal grandmother is Caucasian. Her ethnic background is 75% white European, 12.5% Filipino and 12.5% African American. She was raised in Agoura Hills and later in Thousand Oaks, California, attending Ascension Lutheran School, Conejo Elementary, and Colina Middle School. She was home-schooled from 2008 until her high school graduation in June 2015.


2007-2014: Career beginnings and True Grit

Hailee at the premiere of Secretariat, September 2010

Steinfeld began acting at the age of eight, initially appearing in several short films to gain experience. She played the role of Talia Alden in the award-winning short film, She's a Fox. She went on to make several television commercials and guest appearances on television programs. Her breakthrough came when Steinfeld was chosen out of 15,000 girls for the role of Mattie Ross in True Grit when she was 13. The film was released internationally on December 22, 2010, and her performance was well received by critics. Richard Corliss of Time Magazine called it one of the Top 10 Movie Performances of 2010 and wrote that Steinfeld "delivers the orotund dialogue as if it were the easiest vernacular, stares down bad guys, wins hearts. That's a true gift". Both Roger Ebert and the Los Angeles Times wrote, "she nails it"; Rolling Stone said Steinfeld's "star-is-born performance is worth shouting about."The role earned Steinfeld a nomination at the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress; the Oscar went to Melissa Leo. In May 2011, five months after Grit was released, Steinfeld was chosen to be the new face of Italian designer brand Miu Miu.

Also in 2011, Steinfeld was cast at age 14 to play Juliet Capulet in a 2013 adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The role was originally intended for a 20-year-old actress; since there was some concern that she would be asked to appear nude in the film, its director explained that when Steinfeld was cast, the script was changed to make it "age-appropriate for a 14-year-old."The screenwriter added that the film's purity was important, and the main characters "don't make love until they have been married."The film was released in October 2013 to poor reviews in the United States and internationally. Steinfeld played Violet, one of the leads in the romance-drama Begin Again (formerly called Can A Song Save Your Life?). The film was given a limited release in the United States on June 27, 2014, grossing $134,064 on its opening weekend; it opened in wide release on July 11. It was re-released by The Weinstein Company on August 29. Steinfeld starred as Petra Arkanian in Ender's Game, a science-fiction action-adventure film based on the book by Orson Scott Card. The film was released on November 1, 2013. Paramount Pictures closed a deal in 2011 for the screen rights to the Cat Patrick novel Forgotten and announced that she would play London Lane in a project yet to be filmed as of 2015. In 2014, Steinfeld was announced to star as Min Green in a screen adaptation of Daniel Handler's romantic-comedy book Why We Broke Up, but the film has yet to be recorded.

2015-present: Pitch Perfect 2, Haiz and other projects

Hailee attending the 2011 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City

She was cast as Eliza opposite Ender's Game co-star Asa Butterfield in the film adaptation of Ten Thousand Saints, which premiered on January 23, 2015, at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Steinfeld was originally cast to play the female lead in the 2015 film, For the Dogs, but was replaced by actress Emma Roberts. In spring 2014, Steinfeld narrated as the voice of Anne Frank for an exhibition on Frank at the Museum of Tolerance. In October, she was cast to star as Hadley in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer E. Smith. Steinfeld was announced in January 2015 as the star of the film adaptation of Carrie Pilby, the YA novel by Caren Lissner. In March, Steinfeld was included on the list of actors who lent their voices to the English-language dub of the Japanese animated film When Marnie Was There. Steinfeld plays Anna alongside Kiernan Shipka as Marnie. Steinfeld stars in the music video for Taylor Swift's single "Bad Blood". The video premiered at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards ceremony on May 17, 2015.

In 2015, Steinfeld co-starred in Pitch Perfect 2, alongside Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks, who also directed. With the film, she got an opportunity to play some of her songs for a representative from Republic Records at an event in New York City, and the label signed her. In May, Republic Records announced the record deal and that Steinfeld was working on her first release; a label executive said she "has the vision, natural talent, and dedication to compete at the highest level."In late April 2015, Steinfeld was cast as the title character in Break My Heart 1000 Times, based on the YA novel by Daniel Waters. Scott Speer is set to direct. In July 2015, Steinfeld and singer Shawn Mendes released an acoustic version of Mendes' single, "Stitches".The following month, Steinfeld released "Love Myself", including the lyrics, "I'm gonna put my body first/And love me so hard 'til it hurts" and "I'm gonna touch the pain away/I know how to scream my own name"; the music video, released one week later, features Steinfeld wearing a leotard emblazoned with "self service".This prompted media outlets to dub the song an "ode to masturbation".Steinfeld said the lyrics are intended to be interpreted by the listener, "but for me, it's an empowerment record and it's ultimately about taking care of yourself and indulging yourself, whether that be emotionally or physically or with material things.

Steinfeld's debut EP is titled Haiz, the nickname used by her fans, because "it would feel like, one, they named it; and two, it was my gift to them." Haiz was produced by Mattman & Robin and features co-writers Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. "It is me and my voice and my take on things. It will be interesting to see how people respond."The EP was released on November 13, 2015, to mixed reviews. Popdust gave Haiz a 3.5 grade out of 5, saying the EP's only downfall is that four "mostly sturdy and often vigorous [songs] are not enough to get a true sense of who Steinfeld is and what she’s trying to say."Vulture called Haiz "fascinating, but for all the wrong reasons": the first two singles, "Love Myself" and "Hell Nos and Headphones", are "delivered with such dead-eyed, finger-on-the-zeitgeist blandness" that they disprove their intended points; "Rock Bottom" is "propulsive but forgettable"; and "You're Such A" could be made by someone else "into something punchier."Nylon said the EP "may not be overly innovative and it may not be pop music's savior, but it's fun, catchy, and has a lot of good messages for young women everywhere".On February 27, Steinfeld released "Rock Bottom" as the second single in a new version featuring American funk-pop band DNCE. Her single "Starving" was released on July 15, 2016. The song is a collaboration with Grey featuring Zedd.

A second Pitch Perfect sequel was announced in June 2015. Steinfeld is expected to return for the third and final installment of the franchise. Steinfeld portrayed Nadine in The Edge of Seventeen, a coming-of-age film co-starring Blake Jenner, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, and written by Kelly Fremon Craig. Filming began in October 2015.

Personal Life


Her mother is Cheri Steinfeld. Her father is Peter Steinfeld. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld. She has a brother named Griffin Steinfeld. She has 4 cousins, Luke, Zachary, Nicholas and Morgan Steinfeld from her father, and various cousins, including actress True O'Brien from her mother.


Douglas Booth

Hailee Steinfeld and her Romeo and Juliet co-star, Douglas Booth were reported to be dating between early 2013 until November of the same year. The pair remain friends.

Charlie Puth

Hailee Steinfeld and Charlie Puth dated between September and December 2015. They both were on the Jingle Ball Tour that same year. 

Cameron Smoller

Steinfeld met Cameron Smoller through mutual friends, and the pair dated from January 2016 before splitting in November 2017. They were later spotted together at Julia Michael's birthday party in November 2018. 

Niall Horan

Steinfeld and Niall Horan started dating in January 2018. They split in October. 


Feature films

Year Title Director Role Notes
2010 True Grit Joel & Ethan Coen Mattie Ross
2013 Hateship, Loveship Liza Johnson Sabitha
Begin Again John Carney Violet Mulligan
Romeo & Juliet Carlo Carlei Juliet Capulet
Ender's Game Gavin Hood Petra Arkanian
2014 3 Days to Kill McG Zooey Renner
The Homesman Tommy Lee Jones Tabitha Hutchinson
The Keeping Room Daniel Barber Louise
2015 Ten Thousand Saints Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini Eliza Urbanski
Pitch Perfect 2 Elizabeth Banks Emily Junk
Barely Lethal Kyle Newman Megan Walsh
2016 Term Life Peter Billingsley Cate Barrow
The Edge of Seventeen Kelly Fremon Craig Nadine Byrd
2017 Pitch Perfect 3 Trish Sie Emily Junk
2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman Gwen Stacy (voice)
Bumblebee Travis Knight Charlie Watson
2019 Idol Also producer

Short films

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Heather: A Fairytale Heather
2009 She's a Fox Talia Alden
2010 Without Wings Allison
Grand Cru Sophie
2013 The Magic Bracelet Angela

Voice roles

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Annie's Room Narrator Documentary
Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Narrator Documentary
2015 Unity Narrator Documentary
When Marnie Was There Anna Sasaki English Dub


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Back to You Little Girl Episode: "Gracie's Bully"
2010 Summer Camp Shayna Matson Television film
Sons of Tucson Bethany Springs Episode: "Chicken Pox"
TBA Dickinson Emily Dickinson

Music video appearances

Year Title Artist Director
2012 "Endlessly" The Cab Elliott Sellers
2015 "Bad Blood" Taylor Swift Joseph Kahn
"Sing" Pentatonix Christian Lamb


Extended plays

Title Year Other artist(s) Genre Producer Label
Haiz 2015 None Pop Mattman & Robin
Oscar Holter
Republic Records
Half Written Story 2020 Koz

David Stewart D'Mile

The 23rd


Remix extended plays

Title Year Other artist(s) Genre Producer Label
Love Myself (Remixes) 2015 None Dance Various Republic Records
Starving (Remixes) 2017 Grey


Title Year Other artist(s) Genre Producer Writer(s) Label Album
"Love Myself" 2015 None Pop Mattman & Robin
Oscar Holter
Mattias Larsson
Robin Fredriksson
Oscar Holter
Julia Michaels
Justin Tranter
Republic Records
Universal Music Group
"You're Such A" 2016 Mattman & Robin

Mattias Larsson
Robin Fredriksson
Julia Michaels
Justin Tranter

Republic Records
"Rock Bottom" DNCE
"Starving" Grey
Dance-pop Grey
Robert McCurdy
Christopher Petrosino
Kyle Trewartha
Michael Trewartha
Asia Whiteacre
"Most Girls" 2017 None Pop
Tropical house
Ryan Tedder
Zach Skelton
One Love
Chris O'Ryan
Hailee Steinfeld
Ryan Tedder
Zach Skelton
Tim Sommers
Jeremy Dussolliet
Asia Whiteacre
Non-album singles
"Let Me Go" Alesso
Florida Georgia Line
Andrew Watt
Alexandra Tamposi
Andrew Wotman
Brian Lee
Alessandro Linblad
Jamie Lidell
"Capital Letters" 2018 BloodPop Pop Benjamin Rice
Rachel Keen
Andrew Jackson
Ellie Goulding
Ely Weisfeld
Hailee Steinfeld
Universal Studios
Republic Records
Fifty Shades Freed (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
"Back to Life" None Electropop


Jorgen Odegard Wayne Sermon
Michael Pollack
Hailee Steinfeld
Jorgen Odegard
Josh Gudwin
Kennedi Lykken
Republic Records Bumblebee (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
"Wrong Direction" 2020 Pop Koz Elizabeth Lowell Boland
Hailee Steinfeld
Skyler Stonestreet
Stephen Kozmeniuk
Half Written Story
"I Love You's" David Stewart David Freeman
David Stewart
Joseph Hughes
Jessica Agombar
Sarah Griffiths

Promotional singles

Title Year Other artist(s) Genre Producer Writer(s) Label Album
"Hell Nos and Headphones" 2015 None Pop Mattman & Robin Mattias Larsson
Robin Fredriksson
Julia Michaels
Justin Tranter
Republic Records Haiz
"Afterlife" 2019 Stargate
Tim Blacksmith (exec.)
Danny D (exec.)
Hailee Steinfeld
Kennedi Lykken
Mikkel Eriksen
Stephen Kozmeniuk
Tor Erik Hermansen
Non-album promotional single

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2010 Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress True Grit Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Performer Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
Houston Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Won
Indiana Film Journalists Association Best Supporting Actress Won
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Youth in Film Won
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – Female Won
Southeastern Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress} Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Won
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Breakout Female Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2013 MaxMara Face of the Future Won
2014 Women Film Critics Circle Best Ensemble The Homesman
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Scene Stealer Pitch Perfect 2 Nominated
2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards Biggest Triple Threat Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Best Young Actress The Edge of Seventeen
Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Actress in a Comedy
Best Young Performer
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance
2017 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite New Artist
Radio Disney Music Awards Breakout Artist of the Year
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Performance in a Movie The Edge of Seventeen
Billboard Music Awards Top Covered Artist
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Drama The Edge of Seventeen
Choice Music: Female Artist
Choice Single: Female Artist "Most Girls"
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Push Act

Official Account

  • https://www.allmusic.com/artist/hailee-steinfeld-mn0003276047
  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hailee_Steinfeld
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