Wonderland is an international, independently published magazine offering a unique perspective on the best new and established talent across all popular culture: fashion, film, music, and art. Hailee Steinfeld appeared in Wonderland in 2015.
This year, in her spare time between feature films and iconic music videos, Steinfeld released her debut single “Love Yourself ”. It’s an anthem for a generation transfixed by social media, an antidote to the competitive world of Instagram. It’s also a really phenomenal pop song. Steinfeld’s been making music for herself for years, but this is the first time she’s released something into the world and it must have been scary, even for such a seasoned star. “Jumping into new territory and suddenly making decisions on my own as an adult has been nerve-wracking,” she tells me,“my confidence definitely wavered and it’s funny because even though the song is called ‘Love Myself ’ and I’m saying I don’t need anybody else, I’m not saying I don’t want anybody else.”
I doubt Steinfeld needs to worry about being left on her own, between her family and the producers and directors she works with, she’s surrounded by people who encourage and support her creatively. She’s as fiercely determined as you’d imagine a teenager with such an impressive career under her belt to be; “I always find that if I look to challenge myself I never really get bored, I love the idea of overcoming something I never thought that I could do initially”. “I set the bar high” she laughs. She’s not kidding.