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Hailee Steinfeld's self-awareness through songwriting

Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld feels like music never stops in her life.

Hailee Steinfeld has become more aware of herself through songwriting.

The 19-year-old actress demonstrated her vocals in 2015's musical movie Pitch Perfect 2 and released her debut album Haiz the same year. Though she enjoys both ventures, Hailee feels more in touch with herself through penning tunes.

"It's hard because I feel like the music never stops," she explained to Interview magazine. "It's one thing with a movie to go away for a couple months. You're stationed in one location if not two, you're in that world, and once you wrap up you're done with your part. But with the music, I'm in constant communication with my favourite writers and producers asking them what they have going on and telling them what's going on with me.

"I feel that in the last couple of months since I've really gotten into music and since I've started writing more and more, I've become so much more aware of things that I'm going through and stuff that's happening around me."

Hailee is constantly inspired, so often finds herself jotting ideas down for when she finally has a second to hit the studio, as it can be months later. While she gives every project she works on "110 per cent" of her attention, the brunette beauty admits she always has music on her mind in some form or another.

Growing up in Los Angeles meant Hailee, who counts Taylor Swift among her best friends, was surrounded by all sorts of sounds thanks to her family's eclectic tastes.

"There was always music being played," she recalled. "My dad played a lot of classic rock and I want to say my mom is a little more on the R&B side - she was Boyz II Men all the way, and Luther Vandross. My dad is The Eagles, Led Zeppelin.

"My brother is into rap and hip-hop, and I'm kind of in the middle of all of that and I like straight pop as well. I really feel like I only, or mainly, listen to pop music."

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