Hailee Steinfeld is not afraid of change. The 26-year-old actress and singer has been in the spotlight since she was 14, when she earned an Oscar nomination for her role in True Grit. Since then, she has starred in blockbuster movies like Pitch Perfect and Bumblebee, released hit songs like “Starving” and “Let Me Go”, and won awards for her music and acting.
But Hailee is not content with staying in her comfort zone. She has always been eager to challenge herself and explore new genres and mediums. That’s why she decided to take on the role of Kate Bishop in the Marvel series Hawkeye, which premiered on Disney+ on November 24.
Why Hailee Steinfeld Chose Hawkeye
Hailee Steinfeld has always been a fan of Marvel movies, but she never imagined herself being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). She told Entertainment Weekly that she was “shocked” when she got the offer to play Kate Bishop, the young archer who becomes Hawkeye’s protégé and successor.
“I was so honored and excited and nervous and scared and all of the things,” she said. “It was such a surreal moment for me.”
Hailee Steinfeld was drawn to the character of Kate Bishop because she is a complex and relatable heroine. She is not a superpowered being, but a normal human who has trained hard to master her skills. She is also witty, confident, and adventurous, but also vulnerable, insecure, and flawed.
“She’s such a badass,” Hailee said. “She’s so smart and witty and quick. She has this confidence that can sometimes get the best of her. She also has this vulnerability that I think makes her so interesting.”
How Hailee Steinfeld Prepared for Hawkeye
Playing Kate Bishop was not an easy task for Hailee Steinfeld. She had to undergo intense physical training to learn archery, martial arts, and stunts. She also had to balance her schedule with her other projects, such as her Apple TV+ series Dickinson, where she plays the poet Emily Dickinson.
Hailee Steinfeld said that she enjoyed the challenge of learning new skills and pushing herself out of her comfort zone. She also praised her co-star Jeremy Renner, who plays Clint Barton/Hawkeye, for being supportive and helpful.
“He’s been so wonderful to work with,” she said. “He’s been so generous with his time and his knowledge and his experience in this world.”
What Hailee Steinfeld Learned from Hawkeye
Hailee Steinfeld said that working on Hawkeye has been a rewarding and transformative experience for her. She said that she learned a lot from playing Kate Bishop, both as an actor and as a person.
“She’s taught me so much about myself,” she said. “She’s taught me to be more confident, to be more courageous, to be more adventurous.”
Hailee Steinfeld also said that she hopes that viewers will be inspired by Kate Bishop’s journey and message.
“I hope that people see themselves in her,” she said. “I hope that they see that they can do anything they set their mind to. I hope that they see that it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them. I hope that they see that it’s okay to leave your comfort zone and try something new.”
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