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Hailee Steinfeld
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Steinfeld at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1996-12-11) December 11, 1996 (age 27)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2007–present
Awards Full list
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Labels Republic

Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996) is an American actress and singer. She had her breakthrough with the western film True Grit (2010), which earned her various accolades, including nominations for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.

Following appearances in Ender's Game and Begin Again (both 2013), she gained wider recognition for her roles in the Pitch Perfect film series (2015–2017), the coming-of-age film The Edge of Seventeen (2016), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, and the Transformers spin-off film Bumblebee (2018). Steinfeld has voiced multiple animated characters including Gwen Stacy / Spider-Woman in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023), and Vi in the Netflix series Arcane (2021–present). She has also portrayed Emily Dickinson in the Apple TV+ comedy-drama series Dickinson (2019–2021), and Kate Bishop in the Disney+ miniseries Hawkeye (2021).

Steinfeld gained recognition in music after performing "Flashlight" in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). She signed with Republic Records soon after and released her debut single, "Love Myself", followed by her debut EP Haiz (2015). She went on to release a series of successful singles, including "Starving", "Most Girls" and "Let Me Go". In 2020, she released her second EP, Half Written Story.

Early life

Steinfeld was born in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the younger of two children of Cheri (née Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal trainer. She has an older brother, Griffin. Her paternal uncle is fitness trainer and actor Jake Steinfeld, and her maternal great uncle is former child actor Larry Domasin. Her maternal first cousin, actress True O'Brien, appeared in a television commercial when Steinfeld was eight years old, inspiring her to try acting as well.

Steinfeld's father is Jewish and her mother is Christian. Her maternal grandfather, Ricardo Domasin, was half Filipino (from Panglao, Bohol) and half African-American. Steinfeld was raised in Agoura Hills and later in Thousand Oaks, California, attending Ascension Lutheran School, Conejo Elementary and Colina Middle School. She was home-schooled from 2008 until her high school graduation in June 2015.


2007–2015: Breakthrough and critical recognition

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Steinfeld at the premiere of Secretariat in September 2010

Steinfeld began acting at the age of 10; she appeared in several short films, including playing the role of Talia Alden in the award-winning She's a Fox. Steinfeld was chosen for the role of Mattie Ross in True Grit when she was 13. The film was released internationally in December 2010; Richard Corliss of Time magazine called her performance one of the Top 10 of 2010, and wrote that Steinfeld "delivers the orotund dialogue as if it were the easiest vernacular, stares down bad guys, wins hearts. That's a true gift". Reviews from Roger Ebert, the Los Angeles Times, and Rolling Stone were also complimentary. The role earned Steinfeld a nomination at the 83rd Academy Awards for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; it went to Melissa Leo. In May 2011, five months after True Grit was released, she was chosen to be the new face of Italian designer brand Miu Miu.

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Steinfeld at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in February 2011

In 2011, Steinfeld was cast at age 14 to play Juliet in a 2013 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. ..... The film was released in October 2013 to poor reviews in the United States and internationally. Steinfeld starred as Petra Arkanian in Ender's Game, a science-fiction action-adventure film based on the book by Orson Scott Card. The film was released on November 1, 2013.

Steinfeld played Violet, one of the leads in the romance-drama Begin Again. The film was given a limited release in the United States on June 27, 2014, grossing $134,064 on its opening weekend; it opened in wide release on July 11. It was re-released by The Weinstein Company on August 29. Paramount Pictures closed a deal in 2011 for the screen rights to the Cat Patrick novel Forgotten and announced that she would play London Lane in a project yet to be filmed as of 2015. In 2014, Steinfeld was announced to star as Min Green in a screen adaptation of Daniel Handler's romantic-comedy book Why We Broke Up, but as of 2022, the film had not gone into production.

Steinfeld was cast as Eliza opposite Ender's Game co-star Asa Butterfield in the film adaptation of Ten Thousand Saints, which premiered on January 23, 2015, at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Steinfeld was originally cast to play the female lead in the 2015 film, For the Dogs, but was replaced by actress Emma Roberts. In spring 2014, Steinfeld narrated as the voice of Anne Frank for an exhibition on Frank at the Museum of Tolerance. In October, she was cast to star as Hadley in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer E. Smith. But that film was not yet made as of early 2022. Steinfeld was announced in January 2015 as the star of the film adaptation of Carrie Pilby, the young adult novel by Caren Lissner; she left the project due to scheduling conflicts. In March, Steinfeld was one of the voice actors for the English-language dub of the Japanese animated film When Marnie Was There. Steinfeld plays Anna Sasaki alongside Kiernan Shipka as Marnie. 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 was set to direct, but the film has not been made as of 2022.

Steinfeld starred as the Trinity in the music video for "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar. The video premiered at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards ceremony on May 17, 2015, and won a MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year. Steinfeld starred in limited-release movie Barely Lethal. The movie was directed by Kyle Newman and was released on May 29, 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.

2015–2018: Established actress, Haiz and other music endeavors

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Steinfeld pictured in 2015 at New York Fashion Week

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. .....

Steinfeld's debut extended play, Haiz (a 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 generally positive reviews. In February 2016, Steinfeld released a remixed version of "Rock Bottom", as the second single featuring American funk pop band DNCE. Steinfeld's next single, "Starving", was released in July 2016 to critical acclaim. 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.

In September 2016, 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; Steinfeld's performance was praised and earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Early 2017, Steinfeld featured on two songs: "Show You Love" and "Digital Love". In March, Steinfeld was featured on American rapper Machine Gun Kelly's single "At My Best" taken from his third studio album Bloom. A month later, Steinfeld released her next single "Most Girls". The song received positive reviews and peaked at number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. Steinfeld performed the song live for the first time at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards on April 29. A music video was released and received praise for its message of embracing individuality but also drew some criticism for its lack of diversity. Steinfeld also reprised her role as Emily Junk in Pitch Perfect 3 (2017). In September 2017, Steinfeld released the single "Let Me Go", a collaboration with Swedish record producer Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Andrew Watt, which reached number 14 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. That same month she featured on the remix of "Plot Twist" by Marc E. Bassy.

On January 12, 2018, Steinfeld released "Capital Letters" for the soundtrack to the film Fifty Shades Freed. The song was received with positive reviews and peaked at number 12 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. In March 2018, Steinfeld revealed that she is "wrapping up" work on her debut studio album. She performed at Indonesian Choice Awards in Jakarta, Indonesia the next month. Steinfeld then featured the song "Colour" with MNEK on June 1. In September, she was featured on Logic's album, YSIV, on the song "Ordinary Day" and on Chic's album, It's About Time on the song "Dance with Me".

In late 2018, Steinfeld starred in the Transformers spin-off film Bumblebee, and provided the voice of Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman in the Academy Award-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In November, her song "Back to Life" was released as a single from the Bumblebee soundtrack. This marked the first time Steinfeld released a song for a film she starred in, save her work in Pitch Perfect. That same month, hosted and performed at 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards in Bilbao, Spain.

2019–2023: Half Written Story and continued acclaim

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Steinfeld holding the Peabody Award received by Dickinson

In January 2019, Steinfeld featured on the remix of "Woke Up Late" by Drax Project. In August 2019, Steinfeld featured on the music video for Benny Blanco and Juice Wrld's single "Graduation". She also appeared in a cameo as one of the recruited Angels in the 2019 film Charlie's Angels, and also made an appearance on Between Two Ferns: The Movie.

In December 2018, Steinfeld was cast to star as Emily Dickinson in the Apple TV+ period comedy series Dickinson. The show aired on November 1, 2019. To promote the show, Steinfeld released "Afterlife" which featured on the show's first season finale. The show went for three seasons. In 2020, the show won a Peabody Award, making Dickinson the first show from Apple TV+ to win the prestigious honor.

Steinfeld released two singles in 2020, "Wrong Direction" and "I Love You's". The tracks acted as the first and second singles, respectively, from her EP Half Written Story, which was released on May 8, 2020. The EP received mixed reviews with critics praising Steinfeld's vocals, confidence and vulnerability but panning the music. On May 28, 2020, Steinfeld released a single with Taiwanese singer, Chen Linong, titled "Masterpiece".

In December 2020, Steinfeld was cast as Kate Bishop / Hawkeye in the Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe series Hawkeye. The show premiered on November 24, 2021, and consisted of six episodes. Her role received positive reviews from critics. Steinfeld is set to reprise the role in future films, noting that she has signed a multi-project deal. Steinfeld also voiced Violet "Vi" in the adult animated show Arcane which was released on November 20, 2021. The show is set in the League of Legends universe. A second season was also announced.

In April 2022, Steinfeld teased a song titled "Coast". Marking two years since she last released music, "Coast" was released on July 28, 2022, and was a "a euphoric, guitar-and-percussion-driven single", featuring American rapper Anderson .Paak. A music video premiered on Facebook on November 9, 2022. An acoustic version was released on December 7, 2022. In March 2023, Steinfeld released "SunKissing" which Rolling Stone described as a "vibey, electric guitar-backed pop earworm".

In 2023, Steinfeld reprised her voice role as Gwen Stacy / Spider-Gwen in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. She is set to reprise the role in its sequel, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse.

Personal life

Steinfeld started dating Instagrammer Cameron Smoller in 2016. They made their public debut as a couple at a Golden Globes party in early 2017 but broke up in November 2017. She started dating Irish singer Niall Horan in December 2017 and broke up almost a year later.

In May 2023, Steinfeld began dating Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

Other ventures


Outside of her projects in the acting and music industry, Steinfeld has embarked on other ventures. She has been involved in marketing initiatives throughout her career and endorsed numerous brands including Prada, Balmain, and Louis Vuitton. In 2017, Steinfeld began to represent Reef Footwear and MISSION Activewear. In 2018, her line of eyewear called Privé Revaux was launched. In 2022, Steinfeld released "Coast" which coincided with the promotion of her newest role as a brand ambassador for CORE Hydration, promoting the company's "Find Your Core" campaign.


Steinfeld endorsed a variety of charities, including numerous organizations with a focus on improving children's lives. The list of charities endorsed by her includes: "What's Your Mission?", a charitable initiative with mission apparel and an accessories brand, "No Kid Hungry", a charity working to eradicate child hunger in the United States, WE Movement, The Ryan Seacrest Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and others. ..... As a trade-off, she had to pay up 50 cents if she said "like". She stated she "matched it and donated it all to an Alzheimer's foundation".

Steinfeld has made several public appearances during charity events, such as the Breast Cancer Foundation's 2014 Hot Pink Party, the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2015 tour, and WE Day 2019 in California. In 2016, Steinfeld participated in singing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" with fellow singers and celebrities. The single raised money to aid New York City's homeless during the holiday season through "Robin Hood", a New York City organization that focuses on fighting poverty.

Steinfeld alongside the cast of the Pitch Perfect film series reunited to record an a cappella cover of Beyonce's track "Love On Top", which was released in August 2020. The proceeds from the song went to Unicef to help children in Lebanon and around the world.


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Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 Heather: A Fairytale Heather Short film
2009 She's a Fox Talia Alden
2010 Without Wings Allison
Grand Cru Sophie
True Grit Mattie Ross
2013 Hateship, Loveship Sabitha
Begin Again Violet Mulligan
The Magic Bracelet Angela Short film
Romeo & Juliet Juliet Capulet
Ender's Game Petra Arkanian
2014 3 Days to Kill Zooey Renner
The Homesman Tabitha Hutchinson
The Keeping Room Louise
When Marnie Was There Anna Sasaki Voice; English dub
2015 Ten Thousand Saints Eliza Urbanski
Pitch Perfect 2 Emily Junk
Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour Live Herself Concert film
Barely Lethal Megan Walsh
2016 Term Life Cate Barrow
The Edge of Seventeen Nadine Franklin
2017 Pitch Perfect 3 Emily Junk
2018 Bumblebee Charlie Watson
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Gwen Stacy / Spider-Gwen Voice
2019 Between Two Ferns: The Movie Herself
Charlie's Angels Angel Recruit Cameo
2023 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Gwen Stacy / Spider-Gwen Voice
The Marvels Kate Bishop / Hawkeye Cameo
TBA Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse Gwen Stacy / Spider-Gwen Voice


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007 Back to You Little Girl Episode: "Gracie's Bully"
2009 BrainSurge Herself Season 1, Episode 24
2010 Summer Camp Shayna Matson Television film
Sons of Tucson Bethany Springs Episode: "Chicken Pox"
2015–2018 The Voice Herself / Advisor Guest (seasons 8, 15); advisor (season 14)
2018 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards Host / Performer Television special
2019–2021 Dickinson Emily Dickinson Main role; also executive producer
2020 Sesame Street Herself Guest (season 51)
2021–present Arcane Vi Voice; main role
2021 Hawkeye Kate Bishop / Hawkeye Main role; miniseries



Opening act

Festivals (various artists)

  • Jingle Ball Tour 2015 (2015)
  • Jingle Ball Tour 2016 (2016)

See also

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  • List of oldest and youngest Academy Award winners and nominees
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