Hailee Steinfeld — Brave New World

The year is 2011 — The Steelers won the Super Bowl. Billions tuned in for a Royal Wedding. The last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show aired. And of course, the 83rd Academy Awards.

Amid the glitter and glamour of the red carpet, 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld donned a one-of-a-kind Marchesa teacup gown. The pale pink fabric was fastened with the most delicate of details. Although Hailee was already a Hollywood maestro, this is the moment she truly arrived — nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her breakout role in True Grit. Legend says she beat over 15,000 girls to play Mattie Ross, dressed in a homemade burlap outfit for her audition. There was no question that her performance, barely a teenager at the time, showed a state of remarkable emotional intelligence. However, this was more than a decade ago, and Hailee Steinfeld is formidable in this new world. But she holds herself with a certain type of soft power.

Since then, Hailee has crafted a catalog of work that continues to redefine her artistry. Some of her accolades include Ender’s Game, Pitch Perfect, The Edge of Seventeen, and Dickinson. You can see how she spends time with these characters, allowing them to become more complex and nuanced. She takes on their mannerisms — like a merger between herself and the other. In a world where we don’t always care to understand other points of view, Hailee brings empathy while straddling the dubious line between right and wrong. It’s no wonder she continues to be recognized for her fantastic work across film, television, and music.

This summer, Hailee swings into the spotlight as Gwen Stacy in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. With her cool confidence, she is the only Spider-Woman (at least in her own dimension) and has no problem displaying her web-slinging expertise. This coming-of-age story brings parallels to both Hailee and Gwen: discovering their place in the world while staying true to who they are. We believe Hailee is soon to be one of the industry’s stealthiest superstars, simply by insisting on doing things her own way. She’s sticking to her script — and we believe that’s super.

Read the full interview, only on The Laterals Magazine Issue 08.

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Photographer Bryan Rodner Carr / Sibling Artists
Art Direction and Styling Juliet Vo
Hair Laura Polko / Prtnrs
Makeup Shelby Smith / Blended Strategy
Manicure Eri Ishizu / Opus Beauty
Producer Nick Lacy
Market Editor Raz Martinez
Market assistant Celine Azena
Photo assistant Chaz Brown
Fashion assistant Dennis Kim, Hahna Lee 
Video Director Ryan Kevin
Dop Ryan Wermich
Location Caster House

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