Hailee Steinfeld: Who Is This Child Star of "True Grit?"

Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld: One to watch from "True Grit"

Hailee Steinfeld made her big screen debut this weekend with her role in “True Grit.” The film was number two at the box office this weekend, the biggest opening ever for directors Ethan and Joel Cohen.

Hailee, at only 14 years-old, had to keep up with the likes of Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges: no short order for even seasoned actors.

Here are five facts to know about the actress:

1. Hailee was in a “Blingitude” commercial for K-Mart.

2. She had bit-parts in “Back to You” and “Sons of Tuscon,” short-lived sitcoms that I don’t remember even hearing about.

3. It was no easy feat for her to land her role in “True Grit.” Hailee beat out 15,000 other girls for her role as Mattie Ross.

4.  She recently appeared on both David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon.

5. Hailee was nominated for a SAG Award in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

A child star to watch, for sure! Have you seen “True Grit?” What do you think of Hailee’s performance?

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