Hailee Steinfeld covers the February 2017 issue of Marie Claire Magazine photographed by Kai Z Keng.
On pursuing her music career: “As an actor, I’m masked by characters, protected by them. But as a musician, it’s my story, my voice, my face. It’s me on that stage talking about that horrible experience I went through and [saying,] ‘Here, I’m going to sing about it.’ It’s such a different kind of vulnerable. To connect with fans, there’s pressure in feeling like I have to do things that I’m uncomfortable with, in terms of opening up enough about myself.”
On finding love: “I’m trying to protect myself and have a bit of a guard up, but I also want to fall in love and know why love hurts.”
Advice she’d give to her younger self: “Listen to yourself. So many people will try and steer you in a certain direction— not saying that that’s the wrong direction at all—but you have to know what’s right for you. Trust yourself, follow your heart, and do what makes you happy. Don’t forget to live for yourself.”
On using her platform for good: “I’ve worked hard and gotten to a place where I have a voice: How can I use it? What can I, as a human, as an artist, do?”
Cover: Dress by Balmain from the Resort 2018 Collection
First Image: Dress by Ralph & Russo from the Fall 2017 Couture Collection
Second Image: Dress by Alexandre Vauthier from the Fall 2017 Couture Collection | Ring by Jack Vartanian
[Photo Credit: Kai Z Keng/Marie Claire Magazine, vogue.com]
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