Hailee Puring Steinfeld
5' 7" (1.7 m)
Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin. Her father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and her mother's ancestry is Filipino, African-American, British Isles, and German. Hailee was raised in Thousand Oaks, California.
At an early age, she appeared in several short films to gain experience. She played the role of Talia Alden in She's a Fox (2009), which received several awards. Her debut in a feature film for theater was True Grit (2010). She played a major role, Mattie Ross, with Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon. She got big attention for her performance in this movie, and she was nominated for the 'Best Supporting Actress' Academy Award. After a short break, she appeared in several films which were released in 2013. She played the role of Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (2013), which also starred Douglas Booth, and was released in 2013. Also, she appeared in Ender's Game (2013) as Petra Arkanian, based on the book written by Orson Scott Card, and this movie was directed by Gavin Hood. She starred with Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, and this movie received positive reviews. She appeared in the short film The Magic Bracelet (2013), with Bailee Madison, as Angela.
In 2014, She appeared in 3 Days to Kill (2014), which was released on February 21, 2014. she played the major role of Zoey Renner, daughter of Kevin Costner. In Hateship Loveship (2013), she played Sabitha with Kristen Wiig. This movie was released on April 11, 2014 in USA. Steinfeld performed the role of Emily Junk in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). She also starred in Barely Lethal (2015) with Jessica Alba. She filmed the movie, 10,000 Saints (2015), as the role of Eliza, again opposite Asa Butterfield.
In 2016, she starred in the teen dramedy The Edge of Seventeen (2016), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.
She has been home-schooled since 2008. Hailee says she is very interested to be on the other side of camera and would like to eventually produce and direct.
Presented at the 2011 Golden Globes with Justin Bieber.
Her father is of Romanian Jewish and Russian Jewish ancestry. Hailee's maternal grandfather is the son of a Filipino father, Pastor "Peter" Loresca Domasin, from Panglao, Bohol, and of an African-American mother, Evelyn Olivia Bain, from California. Hailee's maternal grandmother's ancestry is English, German, Scottish, and Irish.
Has one older brother, Griffin Steinfeld (January 9, 1994), who is a NASCAR driver.
Her mother, Cheri Steinfeld, is an interior designer and her father, Peter Steinfeld, is a personal fitness trainer.
Was a cheerleader for eight years.
In May 2011, Miu Miu announced that it had chosen Steinfeld as its new face.
She auditioned eight times, for the role of "Mattie Ross", on the Coen Brother's True Grit (2010), also starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Barry Pepper and Josh Brolin.
She played the role of "Talia Alden" in the award-winning short film, She's a Fox (2009), written and directed by Cameron Sawyer. She made several television commercials and guest appearances on television programs.
Her maternal great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin, who is the brother of Hailee's maternal grandfather.
Released a hit single "Starving" in 2016, a collaboration with American duo Grey and Russian-German DJ Zedd. The song made it to number 1 of the Billboard Ingles Airplay chart in Mexico.
Director Caillou Pettis has stated publicly in a YouTube video of his that he thinks that Hailee Steinfeld is "one of the most amazing actors working in this generation".
Everything I do now is a first.
[observation at age sixteen] I realize how fortunate I am to have found what I love so young. I've had some really incredible opportunities. ..I tend not to go much further than planning my day out. The future is so unpredictable. I don't have a specific place I want to be or know where I'm going to be five years from now.
The idea of revenge coming from a 14-year-old girl isn't, you know, exactly right.
My very first audition was on the lot of Paramount, and I was put on tape and it was very nerve-racking. I think it was about 15 pages.
I was just another girl.
I love the film route and I'm gong to try my hardest to stay on it.
Facebook is my life.
Well I was eight years old, and I have an older cousin who is three years older than me and she was doing acting, commercials, and modeling at the time and... to see my cousin doing that was really inspiring and I wanted to do it. So I went to my mom and I asked her if I could do it, and for the acting part of it, she made me study for a year.
My first modeling job was Gap, and my first time in front of the camera was for a Soda Pop Girls commercial - it's one of those Bratz dolls, Barbie dolls...one of those.
I don't know if it has set in or not. Honestly, it's crazy. It's such an amazing honor. I remember thinking back to being in my room waiting for the call to see if I got the part. It's like winning the lottery. I'm proud to be a member of such an amazing cast - that's the best award of all.
Child actors come off as work being their life and doing it 24/7, but I still have those days where it's totally, like, whatever: shopping, movies, adventures.
The shooting of the guns, that was kind of funny, because rolling a cigarette and shooting a gun aren't like normal things for a 13-year old girl!
[in 2016] My grandfather, my mom's dad, was half African-American, half Filipino. And Filipinos, I've learned, have many wonderful traits - the main ones being passion and pride. I went to the Philippines for the first time this spring, and it was amazing.