Hailee Steinfeld: 'Bullying Is Something I Went Through'
(Courtesy Glamour) Hailee Steinfeld in the June issue of Glamour
Hailee Steinfeld won an Oscar nomination for her first feature-length film role in True Grit—and ever since, she's been winning over fans in the fashion industry by the bucketload. Miuccia Prada even featured the young actress in a Miu Miu campaign in 2011.
In the June issue of Glamour, Steinfeld sits down with the magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, to talk about her imminent 2013 Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award and more! Here are the best bits from their talk.
(Mark Leibowitz for Glamour)
Cindi Leive: The Max Mara Face of the Future award goes to an actress at a “turning point in her career.” Do you feel like that’s this moment?
Hailee Steinfeld: I do! This whole last year has been intense.
CL: You have five movies in production right now, including Romeo and Juliet. How do you feel about playing such an iconic role?
HS: It was definitely scary—I mean, it’s Shakespeare. I was attached early on, so I was part of the casting process with Romeo [played by Douglas Booth].
CL: You got to pick your Romeo. Every girl’s dream! By the way, I first knew I liked you when I heard about the swear jar you set up on the set of True Grit. If someone used the F-word, they had to pay $5. You made $350!
HS: I donated it to charity—it went to a good cause, for Alzheimer’s disease.
CL: And you support the Trevor Project, to protect LGBT kids from bullying.
HS: Bullying is something I went through, from third to sixth grade, when I got pulled out [of school]. I still go through it. And if I can be the person who says, “Trust me when I tell you it will be OK,” then I will be that person.
CL: What would you say to your former bullies?
HS: Often bullies are taking something [personal] out on others. If they use that energy to make someone smile, we can save so many people in the long run.
CL: You make fashion look like fun. Is that real?
HS: Absolutely. It’s like playtime for me!
CL: I remember you back at your first Golden Globes, wearing Prabal Gurung; you didn’t seem nervous at all.
HS: I had on another dress when my mom said, “Why don’t you try that one?” I put it on and said to everybody, “I love you guys, but whatever you say, I’m wearing this dress.” It was a huge fashion moment for me.
CL: It sounds like you’re pretty close with your parents.
HS: I’m away from home for six weeks at a time, sometimes more, and it’s tough when I miss my dad. But he always says to me, “Are you having a good time?” And I really am. That’s why I’m here.
To check out the rest of Hailee Steinfeld's talk with Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive, head on over to Glamour.com! And don't forget to pick up a copy of June's Glamour, on newsstands now.