Hailee Steinfeld looks stunning on the cover of harper by Harper’s BAZAAR‘s May 2016 issue.
Here’s what the 19-year-old singer and Oscar-nominated actress, who served as a guest editor for the issue, had to share with the mag:
On her naiveté when entering Hollywood at the young age of 14: “I don’t think I was aware of anything, other than the fact that I was having fun, in a serious way. I had no idea that asking 500 questions on set every day was too much.”
On balancing dating, work and family: “I mean, there’s always time for dating. I do feel that right now though—and I hate saying this—my top priority is what I’m working on. It’s that and family, and then everything else.”
On being in the Kate Moss fan club: “It’s not like top five—she’s my number one. I carry pictures of [her] to the salon.”
On self-love and the meaning behind her first hit single “Love Myself”: “It’s about how much power there is in self-love and being able to provide for yourself. I don’t think loving yourself is easy, but I’m realizing the importance of it more and more.”
She’s perhaps best-known as a Hollywood actress, but Hailee Steinfeld is also making a name for herself as a singer. Only 19 years old, Steinfeld first caught people’s attention for her unforgettable role as Mattie Ross in the Coen brothers 2011 film True Grit, but she earned newer fans when she was cast as newcomer Emily Junk in the sequel to fan-favorite Pitch Perfect.
Steinfeld, who has Filipina blood (her mother’s grandfather hails from Bohol), is in the country this week not for anything related to her film work, but to promote her music. Thanks to her role on Pitch Perfect 2, she got the opportunity to meet record industry reps, who gave her a record deal soon after. The result is the four-song EP Haiz, released last year.
“I’ve always wanted to sing and make music,” Steinfeld said during a sit-down with members of the local press on Wednesday. “I hoped I could do it through a movie, so Pitch Perfect was really a surreal experience. I mean, I was such a huge fan of the first film so I told myself that if they ever did anything like that – I wasn’t even thinking of a sequel – I wanted to be part of it.”
Twice the lady, twice the lady voice power, twice the revolution. You guys. Bass-tastic Meghan Trainor and Bratz doll-come-to-life Hailee Steinfeld are going on tour together, and it's going to be all of our feminist-vocal fantasies come true. Meghan Trainor's Untouchable Tour already sounds so epic: it's the live counterpoint to the release of her second album, Thank You. She's hitting all of the sweet spots countrywide in the US and, if you want to note the date down on your calendar (or millennial electronic equivalent), tickets go on sale on April 29. So get ready.
2016, you're too much. No really, you're spoiling us. What with Beyoncé's Formation tour and now this, I feel like I've got all a whole lot of live-feminist pop to look forward to. Who even cares if it's sunny this summer, because there's going to be so much sunshine in my heart. Have you guys listened to Hailee Steinfeld's album, Haiz? It's the most convincing argument out there that Steinfeld is the best woman for the job of accompanying lady legend Trainor on tour. The whole album's just one self-acceptance banger after the next. It's like "Respect" for the Instagram generation. It's like Shel Silverstein's The Missing Piece, but set to a soaring pop backdrop.
So if you see someone moshing like crazy in the crowd this summer: that's probably me. See you at the tour, and check out the dates below.
7/14 Vancouver, BC PNE Amphitheater 7/16 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater 7/18 San Jose, CA San Jose State Event Center 7/21 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre 7/24 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre 7/26 Denver, CO Bellco Theatre 7/29 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell 7/31 Allen, TX Allen Event Center 8/2 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP 8/4 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre 8/8 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook Amphitheatre 8/10 Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre 8/12 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair 8/13 Springfield, IL Illinois State Fairgrounds 8/30 Toronto, ON The Molson Amphitheatre 9/3 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair 9/6 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap 9/8 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall 9/11 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center 9/18 Orlando, FL CFE Arena – UCF 9/22 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun 9/24 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion