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Hailee Steinfeld: I love being in Taylor’s gang!

Hailee Steinfeld loved shooting Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood video as it highlighted how women should stand up for themselves.

Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld doesn’t think Taylor Swift’s famous group of female friends seclude themselves from others.

The 18-year-old is just one of a number of celebrity women who are close friends with the Blank Space singer including model Karlie Kloss, Girls creator Lena Dunham and fellow pop star Selena Gomez. A number of other famous faces including Miley Cyrus have questioned the merits of such a posse but Hailee thinks her group helps promote a positive message to girls everywhere.

“I think people view it as if we seclude ourselves,” she told Britain’s The Sunday Times. “But one thing that I love so much about being, I guess, part of it, is that it’s almost much bigger than what people see.”

Hailee’s close friendship with Taylor, 25, meant she was an obvious choice to star in her Bad Blood video earlier this year (15). While the footage shows the singer’s famous gal pals getting ready to fight, Hailee rebuffs any criticism that it doesn’t give out a positive feminist message.

“That video is about women being able to stand up for themselves,” she explained. “The best part of that whole entire video is that none of us could ever pull off any of that coming against each other in real life. I think that’s why we all had a lot of fun being able to dress up, and be, like, ‘I really wanna kick your butt... Just kidding, I really wanna hug you right now!’”

As well as supporting Taylor’s music Hailee is working on her own sound. Having started out as an actress and receiving an Academy Award nomination for her work on 2010 film True Grit the star is about to make her mark on the music business with first single Love Myself.

“I don’t want to keep using the word ‘empowering’, but [it’s] sort of sassy, kind of fun,” she said of her sound. “I started making music the same time I got into acting. It obviously became a side thing, because the acting moved a little quicker for me at the start.”

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