Hailee Steinfeld, born on December 11, 1996, is an Academy Award-nominated actress and singer. An artist at heart, Steinfeld started her career at the age of 10. From T.V. commercials to feature films and live music, this girl does it all and is one of the most accomplished young actresses in Hollywood. As Steinfeld continues to rock the screens with back-to-back super hit shows, we take a look back at her humble beginnings and the summer that started it all.
December 11, 1996
Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11 to Cheri and Peter Steinfeld. Steinfeld is Jewish, with a mix of Russian, Romanian, and Filipino ancestry. Growing up, Steinfeld took ballet lessons and was a cheerleader in her junior year. Her parents moved around California a lot, which resulted in a lack of stability and lasting friendships for Steinfeld. Severe bullying led to bouts of isolation that resulted in her parents deciding to homeschool her. This proved to be a boon in disguise — Steinfeld transformed her moments of seclusion into productive dance and music sessions.
Steinfeld’s interest in acting spiked after her maternal cousin True O’Brien booked a T.V. commercial for herself. Seeing her sister on T.V., Steinfeld gravitated toward show business and begged her parents to enroll her in an acting class. By the age of 10, Hailee got her first big break in the independent movie “She’s a Fox.” In 2009, 13-year-old Steinfeld beat 15,000 girls to bag the role of Mattie Ross in “True Grit.” The movie got rave reviews and Steinfeld was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Although she lost the nomination, her career is yet to take a loss. Since then, she hasn’t looked back. She’s worked with multiple fashion brands, released an album, starred in more than 20 movies and multiple T.V. shows, and won numerous accolades.
Steinfeld wrapped up her powerful performance in “Dickinson” in 2021 and bagged a Peabody Award for her portrayal of the protagonist, Emily Dickinson. Proving her mettle across several genres and mediums, she is ready to leap into a new phase in her career.
Steinfeld gets her first acting role as Talia Alden in “She’s a Fox.”
She gets an Academy Award nomination for ‘Supporting Role’ for “True Grit.”
She wins popular critical acclaim for her portrayal of Emily Junk in “Pitch Perfect 2.”
“Haiz,” her debut album, is released under Republic Records.
Steinfeld appears as Young Emily Dickinson in Apple T.V.’s series “Dickinson.”
Steinfeld joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kate Bishop, an apprentice, and admirer of Avenger Clint Barton.
Why We Love Hailee Steinfeld
She fights stereotypes
Years of bullying and harassment have hardened Steinfeld. Now, she’s immune to shame and self-doubt. Through her social media presence, she regularly shares positive affirmations with her largely young female fanbase.
She stands up for teenage girls
Through her movie “The Edge of Seventeen,” Steinfeld worked with director Kelly Craig to cover numerous topics that presented the complexities of being an American teenager. Steinfeld’s nuanced portrayal of Nadine was appreciated by girls everywhere. It also won her a Golden Globe nomination.
She is grounded and mature
It doesn’t take a lot for child actors to completely lose their way and give in to the pressures of the job. Hollywood is no stranger to the ruins of fame, especially among young actors. Steinfeld stands out from the crowd for her sensibility, maturity, and stellar work ethic.
5 Surprising Facts
She’s a superstar in the making
Hailee Steinfeld has released an album and numerous singles and opened for Katy Perry in 2018.
She’s a young prodigy
At age 14, Steinfeld is one of the youngest Oscar nominees of all time.
She’s a musician at heart
Steinfeld has felt that she is at her maximum creative potential when she’s making music.
She comes from an artistic family
Steinfeld’s extended family members have had a brief stint in Hollywood, mostly due to living in California.
She was homeschooled
Steinfeld dropped out of school in sixth grade because of severe bullying, and the rest of her high school education was through homeschooling.
Hailee Steinfeld FAQs
Is Hailee Steinfeld single?
Although it is speculated that she is single at the moment, we cannot be certain because she keeps her personal life largely private.
Will Hailee Steinfeld return to the M.C.U.?
Steinfeld will reprise her role as Kate Bishop in all the upcoming projects involving Hawkeye.
Is Hailee Steinfeld an Oscar winner?
Steinfeld is yet to win an Oscar. She was nominated in the category of ‘Best Supporting Actress’ in 2011 for the movie “True Grit.”
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