Hailee Steinfeld on Heineken, ‘Coast’ and ‘Spider-Verse’ Sequels

Hailee Steinfeld is aiming high. The Marvel star, who plays Kate Bishop in Hawk Eye and Gwen Stacy in animation Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movies, recently announced his return to music. “Coast”, his first new song in two years, will mark the beginning of his next musical era. And as Steinfeld tells Elite Daily, she’s also working on her debut album.

A complete Steinfeld record is a notable feat for the singer, who rose to fame as an Oscar-nominated actor at age 14 in 2011. She has maintained a critically acclaimed acting career with projects like The edge of seventeen and Dickinson while establishing himself as a successful pop star thanks to bubbly tracks like “Love Myself” and “Starving”, as well as his EPs Haiz and half written story.

“Coast” is not a single, so it’s unclear if the track, which has no release date, is related to the debut album. Either way, Steinfeld has his sights set on music in what’s turning out to be another busy year. In addition to new music, she is also working on two Into the Spider-Verse the sequels and season 2 of the Netflix animated series, Esoteric.

Recently, Steinfeld also celebrated the launch of Heineken’s “When Driving Never Drink” global campaign, which encourages people to drink responsibly. As part of the campaign, Steinfeld attended the Crypto.com Formula 1 Grand Prix of Miami from May 6-8 with his brother, Griffin Steinfeld, a racing driver.

Below, Steinfeld chats with Elite Daily about his time at the Grand Prix, all things “Coast,” and his multiple roles in the Marvel Universe.

This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.

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Elite Daily: You’ve teamed up with Heineken to kick off the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Miami this weekend on May 6. What inspired this collaboration?

Hailee Steinfeld: I’m a huge fan of all types of racing. Growing up with my brother Griffin, who dabbled in a few forms of it, it’s just amazing. I’m here with him, and we’ve already had the time of our lives, and the weekend has barely begun.

ED: Who is your favorite driver?

SH: Griffin Steinfeld!

ED: Switching gears, you teased a new song, “Coast,” on TikTok. What made you come back to music now?

SH: It’s a return to music, but it’s kind of a constant in music for me. Music is a big passion for me, and it’s something I really love. [I] I feel so lucky to be able to collaborate with amazing artists, writers, and producers, and create the music that I’m so excited to share with people. I’m actually back in the studio because I still have a few ideas that I really want to get out and make sure it’s exactly what I’ve always dreamed of. So it was a long time coming. It’s still under construction. I can tell you that I am absolutely looking forward to releasing everything.

ED: How was the recording process this time around?

SH: Rather interesting and a bit different, given the circumstances of the past few years. I’ve done a lot of this from my bedroom. I had the opportunity to mount this home studio. I always wanted to do this. I got all the gear and set it up in this space that I love, and I feel really inspired by that. I was kinda lonely for a minute, cutting my vocals with my producer on Zoom, then [I had] an amazing local producer came to help me. We’re tweaking and doing all the finishing touches from home, which I really love. It’s kind of now my choice to do it that way.

ED: You said that “Coast” represents a new era. How would you describe this new musical direction?

SH: I think beauty in music and creating a project [is] you get to reinvent yourself. It’s one of my favorite things I’ve seen with artists I love. It’s as if, with each album, it was a different era. It’s a different part of them. It’s my first album, so I’m excited to create this world and live in it. It’s very different from what I’ve done in the past. It’s still me. I am still the same person. I’m super excited to create all of this. It’s the first time I’ve done it.

ED: What are your biggest musical inspirations for your next era?

SH: It still looks like a random collection of artist songs. You can see the kind of consistency everywhere, from the Eagles and the Beach Boys [to] Tame Impala and Daft Punk. When I made this home studio, I hung records on the wall that I’ve always had [and have] were always inspired but never really influenced my music directly. These are some of the artists I just named, along with Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Madonna and the Beatles. It’s kind of what I just went through in terms of what I listened to that inspired me again and all of my favorite artists that I listen to today that are releasing music that I the love. So it’s a big combo.

ED: How would you compare “Coast” to Haiz and half written story?

SH: Other than telling you it’s very different, I think I’m going to have to let you and everyone else who is listening decide.

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ED: You’re coming back as Gwen Stacy in the next Into the Spider-Verse movies. How does it feel to be part of this universe?

SH: I constantly pinch myself at the thought of being part of this whole process and being considered a part of it in the first place. I work with an incredible team on these films. It’s really, really an honor, and I get to be geeky every time I’m in a room with all of these creative brilliants bringing this to life. I didn’t think it could be better than the first [film], but I had it all wrong. To see that come together this time around is just on another level. It’s so exciting. Shameik [Moore] is also amazing, and we had sessions together, which is so much fun. The rest of the cast is more than half of my favorite actors, so it’s very exciting to be a part of them. I’m glad they have the time to make it absolutely perfect for everyone.

ED: You also play Kate Bishop in Hawk Eye. What’s it like to play multiple roles in the Marvel Universe?

SH: Oh my God. I mean, how cool is that? I didn’t even know it was possible but it’s such an honor. Being part of what is called the Universe is like a small planet when you are part of this family. It’s pretty intimate, and it’s full of love, passion, excitement and good times. I’ve never been more on my toes than [I have] worked with the Marvel Universe, but it was a dream. I’m so lucky to be able to play two incredibly witty, badass, smart women who have a point of view and can go face to face with anyone there and accomplish just about anything and everything they set out to do.

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ED: What are your goals for the rest of 2022?

SH: Since I’m finishing the music, that’s definitely at the top of my to-do list. To do things well [and] for this to be done. It’s one of the most beautiful and creative processes I’ve ever been part of. You walk in and you think, “Oh my god, I’m almost done,” and then you realize there’s still a world of ideas and opportunities left in what we started. So it’s difficult. I need to be cut at some point, but I’m really excited to know where it’s going and where it’s going. My goal is to do it right, no matter how long it takes.

Steinfeld’s next song, “Coast,” is now available to pre-save on Spotify and Apple Music.

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