HAILEE STE­IN­FELD

She’s a screen kween and the voice be­hind some se­ri­ously catchy tunes. DOLLY’S Josie Rozen­berg-clarke chat­ted to Hailz to find out if there’s any­thing this gal CAN’T do.

Dolly - - Kween Hailz -

Talk about #goals. Hailee Ste­in­feld kicked off her Hol­ly­wood ca­reer with an Os­car nom­i­na­tion (for her role in True Grit) and has been killing the game ever since – es­pe­cially when she shocked us all with ~that voice~ in Pitch Per­fect 2! Yep, Hailee’s one of those peo­ple who can sing, act AND own the red car­pet with her gorj style. And with a de­but al­bum in the works and epic new movie The Edge of Sev­en­teen com­ing out in 2017, this girl is set to keep on slay­ing.

YOU CAME INTO THE SPOT­LIGHT AS AN AC­TOR. WHEN DID YOU DE­CIDE TO PUR­SUE BOTH ACT­ING AND SINGING?

Act­ing just hap­pened first and the mu­sic be­came more of a side project. It was Pitch Per­fect 2 that gave me the op­por­tu­nity to show the world I can sing. It was never re­ally a mat­ter of “Here I am as an ac­tor and I’m also drop­ping an al­bum”, you know? I al­ways se­cretly hoped it would hap­pen through a movie, be­cause I felt that it would make the most sense. I was able to show peo­ple that singing is some­thing I can do, and that it’s some­thing I love to do. Then I signed to a record la­bel and ev­ery­thing’s been go­ing crazy ever since!

YOU’D BEEN DO­ING THE MOVIE THING FOR A WHILE, THOUGH. WAS IT WEIRD TO SUD­DENLY FIND YOUR­SELF IN A RECORD­ING STUDIO?

It’s been a crash course be­cause it hap­pened so quickly; I sort of jumped

right into it. I’ve had amaz­ing writ­ers and pro­duc­ers and a great la­bel that’s been re­ally sup­port­ive – all of them have helped me ex­e­cute what I had in mind.

WE ARE SO OB­SESSED WITH THE HAIZ EP, AND ‘STARV­ING’ IS YOUR FIRST TOP 10 HIT IN AUS­TRALIA! HOW DOES IT FEEL TO KNOW YOUR MU­SIC IS REACH­ING ALL THE COR­NERS OF THE GLOBE?

It re­ally is so in­cred­i­ble to think that some­where so far away my mu­sic is be­ing heard and re­sponded to – it is quite an hon­our. I’m work­ing on the fol­low-up to ‘Starv­ing’ and my al­bum is in the works. I’m re­ally ex­cited to be putting more mu­sic out.

‘LOVE MY­SELF’ AND ‘HELL NOS AND HEAD­PHONES’ HAVE RE­ALLY POS­I­TIVE MES­SAGES. IS THAT SOME­THING YOU WANT TO CON­TINUE IN YOUR MU­SIC?

Ab­so­lutely! Putting a mes­sage out there that means some­thing to me and means some­thing to other peo­ple is im­por­tant. When I recorded ‘Love My­self’, there was re­ally no ques­tion of whether or not it should be my first sin­gle, be­cause it had a mes­sage and it had a mean­ing and that, to me, is spe­cial when it comes to mak­ing mu­sic.

YOU’VE DONE SOME GREAT COL­LABS WITH DNCE AND ZEDD. WHO’S NEXT ON YOUR LIST?

I would love to col­lab­o­rate with Meghan [Trainor]. I love ev­ery­thing she’s done. Self-ap­pre­ci­a­tion and self-love are mes­sages we both love spread­ing, so to col­lab­o­rate with that in mind would be su­per fun and could re­sult in some­thing re­ally cool!

YOU RE­CENTLY TOURED AMER­ICA WITH MEGHAN, TOO. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO AD­JUST TO LIFE ON THE ROAD?

I kind of got the hang of it and learnt the ba­sic rou­tine, but I don’t know if it’s some­thing you could ever get used to! Like, it’s so crazy – you’re in a dif­fer­ent city ev­ery other day, you’re trav­el­ling through the night and you never have the same day twice. It sounds glam­orous but then you watch doc­u­men­taries, like the 1D movie, and you see that mu­si­cians don’t re­ally get to spend much time in the cities we visit. It’s funny. Like, the other day some­body was like “Oh my god, you’re in New York, that’s so amaz­ing!” and mean­while I’m re­ally ac­tu­ally only in­side this ho­tel room in New York. I’ll go out a cou­ple of times for work and then I’ll be on a plane to the next city.

DID YOU TAKE ANY­THING ON TOUR WITH YOU TO RE­MIND YOU OF HOME?

Two main things I love to take with me, no mat­ter where I go, are a can­dle from home – the scent of be­ing in my own room is com­fort­ing – and pho­tos – I love hav­ing Po­laroid pic­tures around. Any­thing tan­gi­ble that re­minds me of fam­ily and friends – they’re my favourite things to carry around.

DID SEE­ING MEGHAN ON STAGE MAKE YOU WANT TO HEAD­LINE YOUR OWN TOUR?

“LEARN­ING TO LOVE OUR­SELVES IS NOT EASY, BUT LIFE CAN BE SO MUCH HAP­PIER ONCE WE DO.”

Meghan is so tal­ented and gen­uine and she just has the best sense of hu­mour. The way she han­dles her­self is re­ally great to watch, and see­ing her on stage ev­ery night was a su­per in­spir­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I would love to head­line my own tour soon – that would be so amaz­ing!

WHILE YOU’VE BEEN TOUR­ING YOU’VE ALSO BEEN PRO­MOT­ING YOUR NEW MOVIE, THE EDGE OF SEV­EN­TEEN. HOW DID YOU GET IN­VOLVED IN THE FILM?

I read the script and I felt so in­cred­i­bly in­trigued by the char­ac­ter Na­dine, who I play in the film. It re­ally felt like an op­por­tu­nity to ex­press ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve gone through as a teenager. I’ve never been able to re­ally ex­press my­self in that way be­fore. I had an amaz­ing time work­ing on the movie, and I re­ally can’t wait for peo­ple to see it.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUR CHAR­AC­TER THAT YOU THINK YOUR FANS ARE GO­ING TO RE­LATE TO?

Well, I‘ve gone through so much of what she goes through. You know, go­ing from think­ing you have ev­ery­thing un­der con­trol and that life is great and that you have the an­swer to ev­ery­thing to re­al­is­ing you have noth­ing un­der con­trol and you don’t have the an­swers and that life is messy! That’s some­thing I’ve learnt my­self, and in The Edge Of Sev­en­teen my char­ac­ter goes through all of that.

WE LOVE YOUR STYLE! HOW DO YOU THINK IT HAS EVOLVED OVER THE YEARS?

Thank you! It’s ma­tured with me. I see fash­ion as a form of self-ex­pres­sion. It’s fun to get dressed up and walk a red car­pet and go to din­ner and feel so­phis­ti­cated… and then the next day I’m off-duty, very ca­sual and com­fort­able and sporty. It’s fun to play around with it.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVE ITEM FROM YOUR WARDROBE?

Bomber jack­ets are my thing at the mo­ment. I have one with my name on the back and I wear it all the time – I can throw it on with any­thing and it com­pletes what­ever I’m wear­ing.

YOU’RE CLEARLY CON­FI­DENT IN YOUR OWN SKIN, WHICH IS OBVS WHAT HELPS YOU SLAY ON THE RED CAR­PET. HOW IM­POR­TANT IS IT FOR US GIRLS TO EM­BRACE THE WAY WE LOOK?

I think ev­ery­body strug­gles with their body im­age, and with so­cial me­dia be­ing so promi­nent within our world, [we feel like we need] val­i­da­tion through a like or a com­ment. We only see what we see in the mir­ror, and what we pick up on are not nec­es­sar­ily the good things. We don’t look the way we think we do some­times! It’s im­por­tant to re­alise we are who we are for a rea­son and that we have to em­brace it and love our­selves. And learn­ing to love our­selves is not easy, but life can be so much hap­pier once we do.

That whole ef­fort­less thing? Hailz has it down in this jump­suit/ faux-fur sitch. This in­tri­cately pat­terned gown is like an ac­tual work of art. Se­ri­ously ~amaze~. Gurl has head-to-toe styling on point – es­pe­cially with those in­cred boots! Red lip plus red gown equals red­car­pet ready. Hailz is So. Damn. Glam. The lit­tle mono­chrome jump­suit is the new lit­tle mono­chrome dress. YAS!

Hailz looks hands-down fiyah in this black lace beauty. That leg split!

The Os­cars asks for el­e­gance, and Hailz an­swers in this di­vine black sparkly num­ber. Bot­tle-green and a berry lip is a ge­nius combo. Gurl looks so so­phis­ti­cated!

We are OB­SESSED with this wo­ven rain­bow dress. It’s fash­ion at its most fun.

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