Hailee Steinfeld Biography
In addition to her acting career, Steinfeld also has done modeling work. She was hired as the face of Miu Miu shortly after True Grit was released in 2011. Steinfeld debuted her singing voice in Pitch Perfect 2 and released a cover version of "Flashlight", the song she sang in the film. In 2015, she signed a recording deal with Republic Records.
Steinfeld was born 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 (born January 9, 1994), who is a professional NASCAR driver. Her paternal uncle is fitness trainer Jake Steinfeld, and her maternal great-uncle is former child actor Larry Domasin. Her older maternal 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 and her mother is of English, Filipino, and German descent. 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.
In May 2015, Steinfeld released a full-length cover version of the Jessie J song "Flashlight", which she sang for Pitch Perfect 2. Also in May, Republic Records announced that Steinfeld had signed a record deal and was working on her first release. A Republic executive said she has the "vision, natural talent and dedication to compete at the highest level."
In July 2015, Steinfeld and singer Shawn Mendes released an acoustic version of Mendes' single, "Stitches". Also in July, Steinfeld released a teaser video for her song "Love Myself". The song was released on August 7, 2015.