Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter.
Her breakthrough role was as Mattie Ross in the drama western film True Grit (2010), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Thereafter, Steinfeld gained further prominence for roles in Ender’s Game (2013), Romeo & Juliet (2013), Begin Again (2013), and 3 Days to Kill (2014). She appeared as Emily Junk in the Pitch Perfect film series (2015–2017), and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for her role as Nadine Franklin in The Edge of Seventeen (2016). In 2018, she voiced Gwen Stacy / Spider-Woman in the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and starred in the action film Bumblebee, contributing to the latter’s soundtrack. Steinfeld currently stars as Emily Dickinson in the Apple TV+ series Dickinson.
Steinfeld made her breakthrough in music after performing “Flashlight” in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), signing with Republic Records soon after and releasing her debut single, “Love Myself”, followed by her debut extended play HAIZ (2015). She has since released a series of singles, including “Starving”, a collaboration with both Grey and Zedd, which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, and “Let Me Go”, a collaboration with Alesso, Florida Georgia Line and Watt, which peaked at number 14 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
In 2015, Steinfeld co-starred in Pitch Perfect 2, alongside Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks, who also directed. She played 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. In April 2015, Steinfeld was cast in a lead role 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 her debut single, “Love Myself”, with Republic Records. The song garnered media attention for its empowering message as well as suggestive lyrics that led media outlets to dub the song an “ode to masturbation”. Steinfeld’s debut extended play, HAIZ (the nickname used by her fans), was released in November 2015. HAIZ was produced by Mattman & Robin and features co-writers Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. The EP was released to mixed reviews from PopDust, Vulture and Nylon In February 2016, Steinfeld released a new version of “Rock Bottom” (replacing the original version) as the second single featuring American funk pop band DNCE. Her second verse and a line in the bridge was sung by lead singer, Joe Jonas as well as the second pre-chorus and rest of the choruses after that. Performing alongside Steinfeld and Jonas were the other DNCE members, with JinJoo Lee on guitar, Cole Whittle on bass guitar, and Jack Lawless on drums. Her single “Starving” was released in July 2016. The song is a collaboration with Grey featuring Zedd and became her biggest hit to date going platinum in Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States while also going double platinum in Australia and triple platinum in Canada.
Steinfeld played the lead role in The Edge of Seventeen, a coming-of-age comedy co-starring Blake Jenner, Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick, and written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. The film was released on November 18, 2016, to positive reviews, and Steinfeld’s performance was praised by critics and earned a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Steinfeld reprised her role as Emily Junk in Pitch Perfect 3 (2017). She released two singles in 2017: “Most Girls” in April, which peaked at number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, and “Let Me Go” in September, a collaboration with Swedish record producer Alesso featuring backup vocals from Florida Georgia Line and Republic Records songwriter Andrew Watt, which reached number 14 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. In December 2017, it was confirmed that Steinfeld will be the opening act for Charlie Puth’s Voicenotes Tour. In March 2018, Steinfeld revealed that she is “wrapping up” work on her debut studio album. Steinfeld then featured the song “Colour” with MNEK on June 1.
In 2018, Steinfeld starred in the Transformers spin-off film Bumblebee. At the same time, she provided the voice of Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman in the Academy Award-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. On November 2 of that year, her song “Back to Life” was released as a single from the soundtrack of the film. Also in 2018, she was cast to star as Emily Dickinson in the Apple TV+ period comedy series Dickinson, which aired on November 1, 2019.
In September 2018, she was featured on Logic’s album YSIV, on the song “Ordinary Day”.