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Steinfeld in shock over career

Hailee Steinfeld has revealed she still has to pinch herself over her rise to fame - because she has only been in one film.

The 16-year-old won awards and received Oscar and Bafta nominations for her portrayal of feisty teenager Mattie Ross in the Coen brothers' True Grit alongside Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin

"I have moments where I'm like, 'Why me? This is unreal!'," she told the November issue of ASOS magazine.

Hailee, who previously appeared in TV films before True Grit, will next star as Juliet in Carlo Carlei's retelling of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy Romeo And Juliet and stars opposite Harrison Ford in sci-fi adventure Ender's Game.

"It's the most flattering thing because people have only seen me in one film. I remember getting the calls for Romeo And Juliet and Ender's Game, and you always wonder what makes people think of you for those roles," she added.

The actress heaped praise on her leading man Douglas Booth, who plays her star-crossed lover Romeo.

"He is so great. I can't think about him without laughing. I love him so much - he's so funny. I couldn't have asked for a better person to experience this with," she said.

Hailee admitted that her acting career happened accidentally.

"It just became this thing where I said, 'I want to do that', just as the week before I'd say, 'I want to play basketball'. Before I started acting, I could never find anything I was satisfied with, but I think with acting, the fact that I'm constantly doing something different. Every bit is so exciting," she revealed.

:: The November issue of ASOS Magazine will be available in print on September 30 and online on October 2.

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