Most people remember Hailee Steinfeld as the lead actress who sang the hit song 'Flashlight' in Pitch Perfect 2 alongside Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, or as the voice of Gwen Stacey in the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Among her long list of award nominations as an actress, the 23-year-old singer-songwriter also has an established music career on her plate.
Last week, Steinfeld released her new EP, Half Written Story, featuring five love songs that explore the different dimensions of heartache. Half Written Story includes her hit single 'I Love You's', which racked up more than 15 million plays on Spotify since its release in March and was also performed live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The EP is the first part of her two-part project, with the second half set to drop this Summer.
While Steinfeld has been keeping busy in isolation recording in her makeshift studio at home, creativity is one thing that she grapples with at times. Gradually, she has been adjusting to the rhythm of the "new normal" and is especially appreciative of being able to connect with her fans after the release of her new music.
"I wish I could be in person with you, but right now I'm closed up in my room on my computer. It definitely affected the promotion side of things, but I just think it's amazing to have the connection with my fans and stay in touch with them," she said tells the media via a Zoom press conference.
Steinfeld also shared that Asia would be the first place on her mind when she is able to perform again. "Not officially, but if it were up to me, it would be the first place that I'd come. I always feel so welcome and I just feel all the love and support from you guys over on the other end of the world," she said.
Steinfeld's strong connection to the Philippines is owed to her maternal grandfather who is half-Filipino and her mom, who's from Bohol. Holding true to her Filipino roots, Steinfeld most recently returned to Manila last September for a fan meet. Her first visit to the country was back in 2016, with a mall show tour, as well as an appearance in a noontime variety show - traditions in Philippine showbizness.
"It's been a while since I've performed in general, but it's been a minute since I've performed new music, so that is so exciting to me, and coming to you guys is definitely on my list," said Steinfeld.
Let Steinfeld tell her 'Half Written Story' to you on Spotify:
Cover image credit: Universal Music Singapore