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Hailee Steinfeld was born on Decemeber 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California. In 2005 Hailee began to show an interest in acting and her mother struck up a deal with her; if she would commit to studying acting for a year, her parents would look into getting her an agent. Hailee did just that and it wasn't long before Hailee began her career as a working actress booking lead roles in student thesis films, commercials, television shows and in theater productions. 2010 has proved to be the biggest year in Hailee's career so far with a Nickelodeon pilot, a role on Fox's Sons of Tucson, 2 student films, and a lead role in the Coen Brothers' feature film True Grit.

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"In With The New"

Blackbook December 2010

Photographer: Santiago Sierra

Stylist: Kemal + Karla

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“It feels like I just won the lottery,” says Hailee Steinfeld, describing what it’s like to be the young lead in the Coen Brothers’ latest square-jawed Western, True Grit. “It feels like that one-in-a-million kind of opportunity.” It’s actually closer to one-in-15,000, the number of girls with whom Joel and Ethan Coen reportedly met before selecting Steinfeld for the role of Mattie Ross, the plucky tween who enlists the help of a boozy marshal (Jeff Bridges) to hunt down her father’s killer (Josh Brolin).

The 14-year-old home-schooled Los Angeles native appreciates the rarity of her situation. “I assumed that I’d be doing a few shorts and some guest-starring, and that I would work my way up,” she says. “Instead, I’ve gone from A to Z.” When asked who her acting role models might be, Steinfeld doesn’t say Meryl Streep or Jodie Foster. Instead, she says, “I have a cousin who is two years older than me. She was doing Barbie commercials back when that was absolutely all I was into.” My, how time flies.

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"New Grit"

Vanity Fair January 2011

Photographer: Sam Jones

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Waiting on a Paramount lot dressed in Salvation Army clothes and a skirt her mother had made, Los Angeles native Hailee Steinfeld was in full character as Mattie Ross, the determined young heroine of the classic 1969 Western True Grit, which is getting a re-do from Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, No Country for Old Men). Steinfeld, a child model, beat out nearly 15,000 girls for her first major role, opposite Jeff Bridges as the reluctant hero Rooster Cogburn (the part that won John Wayne his only Oscar), Matt Damon as his rival, and Josh Brolin as the heavy. “Just watching them taught me a lot,” says Steinfeld, who turns 14 this month. “I learned more from their actions than from their words.” Her on-set education was not entirely age-appropriate, however—she learned not only how to fire a gun but also how to hand-roll a cigarette. “Jeff gave me this little tip on how to make it easier, and I would go home and just constantly roll cigarettes all night.” How did being in a major movie affect the routines of teenage life for Steinfeld? For one thing, it meant no texting. “We were in a very remote location and I never got service,” she says. “It was kind of a bummer, but it made me focus more on school.” What is it like seeing herself on-screen? “I ask other actors that question, and they always say, ‘I'm not watching myself; I'm watching someone else.’ So I try to watch myself like that, but it's weird. I think it's something I have to get used to.”

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