With a booming music career—more than 1.4 billion streams on Spotify, the lead single on the upcoming Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack—and an acting resume that already includes Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, there’s nothing can stop this young starlet! Inside the February issue of Marie Claire US, Steinfeld opens up about finding love, advice she would give to her younger self, using her platform for good, and many more.
On pursuing her music career: “As an actor, I’m masked by characters, protected by them. But as a musician, it’s my story, my voice, my face. It’s me on that stage talking about that horrible experience I went through and [saying,] ‘Here, I’m going to sing about it.’ It’s such a different kind of vulnerable. To connect with fans, there’s pressure in feeling like I have to do things that I’m uncomfortable with, in terms of opening up enough about myself.”
On finding love: “I’m trying to protect myself and have a bit of a guard up, but I also want to fall in love and know why love hurts.”
Advice she’d give to her younger self: “Listen to yourself. So many people will try and steer you in a certain direction— not saying that that’s the wrong direction at all—but you have to know what’s right for you. Trust yourself, follow your heart, and do what makes you happy. Don’t forget to live for yourself.”
On using her platform for good: “I’ve worked hard and gotten to a place where I have a voice: How can I use it? What can I, as a human, as an artist, do?”
Hailee Steinfeld wears Balmain dress on the cover shot by Kai Z Feng, styled by Deborah Watson. Hair and makeup by Adir Abergel and Vincent Oquendo. (source)
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