Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996) is an American actress, model and singer. She first became known for her portrayal of Mattie Ross in True Grit (2010), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Thereafter, she appeared as Petra Arkanian in Ender’s Game (2013), Juliet Capulet in Romeo & Juliet (2013), Violet Mulligan in Begin Again (2013), Zooey Renner in 3 Days to Kill (2014), and Nadine Franklin in The Edge of Seventeen (2016), for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination.
After singing “Flashlight” in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), Steinfeld released a cover version of the song and was later signed to Republic Records. She released her debut single, “Love Myself”, which has been certified platinum in several countries, and later an extended play, Haiz. In 2016, she released “Starving”, a collaboration with both Grey and Zedd, which peaked at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In addition to her acting and singing careers, Steinfeld also has done modeling work; she was hired as the face of Miu Miu in 2011, shortly after True Grit was released.
Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996, in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Cheri (née Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has an older brother, Griffin. Her paternal uncle is fitness trainer Jake Steinfeld, and her maternal grand-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. Her maternal grandfather was half Filipino and half African-American. She 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.
Despite Steinfeld’s father being Jewish, Steinfeld attends Hillsong Church. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hailee_Steinfeld