Hailee Steinfeld has been poised to be the “next big thing” ever since she stole the show from veterans Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit. The young actress has a virtually unending list of upcoming projects: the Tommy Lee Jones directed The Homesman, the Luc Besson/McG collaboration Three Days To Kill, the Civil War drama The Keeping Room… This weekend, the rise of Steinfeld begins with the big budgeted children-versus-aliens Ender’s Game. Steinfeld co-stars as Petra, an ally and confidant to lead protagonist Ender (Asa Butterfield). Asa and she have an easy-going chemistry, never quite blossoming into romance but teetering on the brink. It’s a difficult relationship to get just right – and it’s a credit to Steinfeld and Butterfield that they’re able to suggest such depths with relatively little material.
In the following interview with Steinfeld, she discusses the challenges of acting in such a heavy effects driven film as Ender’s Game, the tricks to pretending like you’re in zero gravity and working with Tommy Lee Jones on The Homesman. For the full interview, hit the jump.
- Steinfeld on the challenges of acting in such a heavy special effects driven film.
- How closely did what Steinfeld imagine what was on the green screen compare to what’s actually in the film?
- What are the tricks to pretending like you’re in zero gravity?
- How much of the wirework stunts did Steinfeld do herself?
- What are the challenges in performing such stunts?
- How much training went into the role?
- What was it like working with Tommy Lee Jones on The Homesman?