Hailee Steinfeld was born December 11, 1996 outside Los Angeles, Calif. Seeing the performance of a family friend in a school play inspired eight-year-old Steinfeld to start acting. Before she could pursue a professional career, Steinfeld's mother made her study for one year before signing with an agent.
At the age of 14, Steinfeld rose above 15,000 other girls to win the role of Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers' remake of True Grit. The star held her own against acting heavyweights Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, receiving both Oscar and SAG Award supporting actress nominations.
Recently, Steinfeld's name has been attached to new film adaptations of the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet and the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.