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5 Minutes With Hailee Steinfeld: Music, Miu Miu & Girl Squads

Five Minutes With Hailee Steinfeld: Music, Miu Miu and Girl Squads

Hailee Steinfeld celebrated her debut as cover girl and guest editor for the sixth edition of harper by Harper’s Bazaar Friday at the aptly named Sunset Tower Hotel. With the pink-and-purple-streaked sky on the terrace providing the perfect backdrop, Steinfeld caught up with girlfriends Bailee Madison, Joey King and Kiernan Shipka and posed for photos with Bazaar’s Laura Brown. In between the flurry of activity, the 19-year-old singer and actress chatted with WWD about her new music, her respect for fashion designers and being in Taylor Swift’s girl squad.

WWD: What was the most memorable moment of the shoot for you?
Hailee Steinfeld: I got to bring my dream team for hair and makeup, Bobby Eliot and Stephen Sollitto. They have been with me for so long. Every time I’m with them, I’m reminded how lucky I am to get to do what I do.

WWD: You’ve just released your first EP, “Haiz.” What’s your reaction to the response it’s received?
H.S.: It’s been very overwhelming how positive everything has been. My fans have been so genuinely supportive having been with me since my movies and crossing over with me to music. Music has always been a passion and it’s always been a part of the plan to record it and put it out into the world, but I never could have planned the way it’s gone. It’s been so seamless and surreal.

WWD: We’re digging the second single “Rock Bottom” featuring DNCE. Where did the inspiration come from?
H.S.: The song was written by Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. “Rock Bottom” is not a love song, it’s not a breakup song; it’s that perfect in-between of that type of relationship I feel everyone’s been in, where you love a person so much, but they drive you absolutely insane and you let them because you love them. And that’s what keeps you coming back for more.

WWD: Do you find it difficult to balance your acting and music career?
H.S.: It’s not easy. It can be frustrating when it comes to picking one, but it’s been done, so I will continue to do both and do whatever I can to make it work. Right now, music is my main focus and it’s where every part of me is at. So I’m working on my album, I’ll be going on tour this summer with Meghan Trainor, and we’ll see what happens.

WWD: Has your pal Taylor Swift given you any advice on singing?
H.S.: Watching her, I’ve learned so much and that is where the best advice comes from. Not necessarily her telling me or giving me advice.

WWD: What’s it like to be a part of her girl squad?
H.S.: It’s funny because I think people have a pre-conceived notion as to how they think that is. I wish I could see her a lot more than I actually do. But it’s really great knowing people who know your lifestyle and go through the same things as you because not everyone understands it. I mean, I’m still learning it and I don’t understand it half the time. So it’s nice to have a solid group of people who do get it.

WWD: Have you started researching the direction of your tour wardrobe?
H.S.: Being on stage, there’s so much you can play around with that you can’t necessarily get away with on a red carpet. But I’m really going to try to go comfortable because at the end of the day that’s what really matters, and I tend to forget that when I’m wearing really high, high heels.

WWD: You’ve been embraced by the fashion world for quite a while; how does that feel?
H.S.: When I was 14 years old I was asked to do the Miu Miu campaign; it all started when I was invited to their fashion show in Paris. I remember my appreciation for fashion, designers, models and everyone behind a brand, became so much higher knowing how much work goes into a show that lasts for less than five minutes. I really feel like the whole Prada and Miu Miu team is family. They introduced me to the real world of fashion, and I’m so appreciative of that.

Source: WWD




[News] Hailee reveals ‘HAIZ’ EP artwork and release date

Hailee took to Twitter today to reveal the artwork and release date for her EP. The EP is titled HAIZ and will be released on November 13th! Check out the cover below. It looks amazing! We can’t wait for the EP to drop!




[News] Hailee to perform at the Streamy Awards!

It has been announced that Hailee will make her first-ever live performance at the Streamy Awards next week! We’re so excited and can’t wait to finally see Hailee perform live! The Streamy Awards air on VH1 at 10 p.m. EST on Thursday, September 17.




[News] Hailee announced as iHeartRadio’s “On The Verge” Artist

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Hailee Steinfeld embraced her passion for music early-on in her childhood.

“My parents will tell you there’s never a time when I wasn’t singing,” she says.

In realizing how much she enjoyed singing and performing as other forms of expression, Hailee challenged herself as an artist to explore opportunities to grow as an actress and eventually, a singer/songwriter.

At 14 years old, the Coen brothers cast Hailee in her breakout role in True Grit, which earned her an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress; a Screen Actors Guild nomination for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role”; and a BAFTA nomination in the category of “Best Actress in a Leading Role.” Subsequent major roles followed in Ender’s Game, Romeo and Juliet, Three Days to Kill, and Begin Again, all the while as Hailee continued to privately hone her vocal skills. In 2015, we discovered just how versatile Hailee is when she shared with the world her musical talent in Pitch Perfect 2. It not only set the stage for her to blossom as an artist but established a platform for Hailee to launch her musical career.

“I wanted everything to happen exactly the way it’s happening now. After True Grit, I was looking and waiting for a role in which I could segue into making music. When Pitch Perfect 2 came along, it was the perfect opportunity to begin that transition. Part of the role involved being in the studio, recording, and performing. That’s when I realized, ‘I have to do this!’”

In early 2015, Hailee hit the studio with producers Mattman & Robin, Julia Michaels, and Justin Tranter to record her debut single “Love Myself.” The track heralds Hailee’s arrival with a soulfully seductive verse, entrancing production, a danceable bounce, and an unforgettable chorus.

[Click Here to buy “Love Myself”]

Music provides a creative and personal platform for the real Hailee for the very first time. “I’m able to be really honest and candid through these songs,” she affirms. “When I’m doing a movie, it’s a character I’m playing—it’s not me. I feel like everybody will finally get to know me through this music. The experience of opening myself up has been awesome.”

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