Hailee Steinfeld was born December 11, 1996 and is an American actress, singer and model.
She was born in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the daughter and younger of two children 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 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, whereas her mother is Christian. Her maternal grandfather, Ricardo Domasin, was of half Filipino (from Panglao, Bohol) and half African-American descent. 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.
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. She made several television guest appearances and commercials. In May 2011, five months after Grit was released, she was chosen to be the new face of Italian designer brand Miu Miu.
The same year, Steinfeld was cast at age 14 to play Juliet in a 2013 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Steinfeld starred as Petra Arkanian in Ender’s Game, a science-fiction action-adventure film based on the book by Orson Scott Card. In 2014 Steinfeld played Violet, one of the leads in the romance-drama Begin Again.
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. Steinfeld was announced in January 2015 as the star of the film adaptation of Carrie Pilby, the young adult novel by Caren Lissner. 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.
In 2015 Steinfeld starred in the limited release movie Barely Lethal. She co-starred in Pitch Perfect 2.
After the movie, 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. Her debut single was “Love Myself”. Steinfeld’s debut extended play, Haiz (the nickname used by her fans), was released in November 2015.
In 2016 Steinfeld played the lead role in The Edge of Seventeen, a coming-of-age comedy and reprised her role as Emily Junk in Pitch Perfect 3 (2017). 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. She appeared in a cameo as one of the recruited Angels in the 2019 film Charlie’s Angels. Steinfeld was cast to star as Emily Dickinson in the Apple TV+ period comedy series Dickinson, which aired on November 1, 2019.
In December 2020, Steinfeld was cast as Kate Bishop / Hawkeye in the Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe series Hawkeye.
Steinfeld has endorsed a variety of charities, most of them are focused on improving children’s lives. The list of charities endorsed by the actress/singer includes: “What’s Your Mission?” A charitable Initiative with Mission apparel and accessories brand, “No Kid Hungry” a charity working to eradicate child hunger in the United States, WE Movement a Canadian-based initiative that fights child labor on a global scale and empowers youth to bring social change to their communities, The Ryan Seacrest Foundation, Make a wish foundation and more.
On the set of True Grit, Steinfeld created a “swear jar”; every time someone uttered the word “fuck”, Steinfeld would collect $5 from the perpetrator; other vulgarities were worth a dollar. 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”.
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 has made several public appearances during charity events, such as during WE Day California 19, iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2015 tour, and Breast Cancer Foundation’s 2014 Hot Pink Party.