Even if Hailee Steinfeld is only 21 years old, you still have to wonder where she gets the energy to be involved in so many projects.
Steinfeld is in the midst of opening for fellow pop star Charlie Puth (“Attention”) on his current “Voicenotes” summer tour. They’ll perform July 28 at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh.
When not onstage, she is busy managing an acting career that garnered both critical and commercial success before she was old enough to drive. She’s also the star of the Transformers spinoff film, “Bumblebee,” set for a Dec. 21 release.
Then there was the fashion line, created at an age that most of her peers are still trying to find credible fake IDs.
Whether it’s appearing as a guest mentor on NBC’s “The Voice” this past season, promoting her newest single (“Capital Letters”, featured on the “Fifty Shades Freed” soundtrack), or collecting one more platinum record for past singles (four, and counting), Steinfeld’s cultural footprint is larger than many actors and/or singers twice her age.
Taking her work ethic as an inspiration, we hustled to uncover five things you may not have known about the young singer before she makes her stop in the Triangle.
1. Your whole family is familiar with her work.
Okay, maybe your grandmother doesn’t know her latest single by heart, but I promise that you’ve watched her films. While her starring role in the two “Pitch Perfect” sequels may be the go-to for those trying to remember where they’ve seen her before, her breakout role was undoubtedly as the determined Mattie Ross in 2010’s “True Grit.”
The casting process for that film amounted to her besting 15,000 other young actresses in consideration for the role, which resulted in multiple award nominations, including a Best Supporting Actress nod from the Academy Awards. Whether she should have been nominated for Best Actress — overall, not Supporting — has been argued by movie fans ever since, as there is little doubt that she carries the film with her performance.
2. Her anti-bullying activism is personal.
In a 2016 cover story for Seventeen, she revealed to the magazine her personal history as a victim of bullying.
“There was a period of time where every morning at 7:02, I’d get a prank phone call at my house,” she told the magazine at that time. “That’s how I’d start every day, with a threat saying, ‘Come to school now. We’re going to kick your butt.’ So I went to school early and went in the back way. And there would be times when I’d come back to my desk and have hand sanitizer all over my books and in my water bottle. People would come by and slam my locker shut when I was still putting my books in it. It was just the most absurd things that you are supposed to see only in the movies.”
3. She attends HillSong, the “church to the stars”
Early last year, rumors began swirling that Steinfeld was the latest post-Selena Gomez celebrity to begin dating pop star Justin Bieber. While both stars denied the rumors — well, somewhat on Bieber’s part; he flashed paparazzi his phone screen, clearly showing them that the young actress was FaceTiming him at that exact moment — TMZ ran a story linking the two through attending the same HillSong Church in New York City, even being introduced to each other by the megachurch’s pastor Carl Lentz.
4. She’s spent much of 2018 on the road.
While Steinfeld has released 11 singles to date — five as a featured artist — her sole album release remains the 2015 debut “Haiz.” Even with her lack of relatively new output, she remains a highly sought-after tour mate, as both former One Directioner Niall Horan and Katy Perry tagged her as a supporting act on their respective tours earlier this year. She’ll continue with Puth through the beginning of September.
5. She’s involved in fashion as well.
In mid-2017, she — along with fellow celebrities Jamie Foxx and Ashley Benson — established Privé Revaux Eyewear. The line of eyewear features more than 100 designs, retails for $29.95, and each style features its own personality-driven name (The Boss, The Star and son.) The brand made financial news in recent days, thanks to leading private equity firm TSG purchasing “a significant minority stake” in the company. With the news that the line will begin a massive retail expansion in the coming months, including agreements for space in American Eagle and Express stores, that means you probably don’t have to worry about buying a beer koozie from the merchandise stand after Steinfeld’s set to help with gas money to the next gig.
Who: Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld
When: 7:30 p.m., July 28
Where: Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, 3801 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh
Cost: $25 to $79
Info: LiveNation.com or 919-831-6400