Hailee Steinfeld Gushes Over “Romeo & Juliet” Role
Her career just keeps getting hotter, and Hailee Steinfeld can’t wait for her fans to see her latest project “Romeo and Juliet.”
The “True Grit” gal explained, "I was reading the book in school at the time that I heard that they were remaking the film, and you know, I had watched the [director Franco] Zeffirelli version a few years ago ... The idea of knowing that it had been done before was present but just sort of walking into it with a different director who had a different take with all these incredible actors — everything about it was so different although we're retelling the same story."
"But I think what's so incredible about it, and what I love so much, is that so many themes in the movie are so relevant today, and no matter how it's told or who tells the story, it's still relevant. It's so relatable."
As for Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 version of the classic Shakespearean tale, Steinfeld noted, "I love that film. I love how different it is. Again, it's the same story but told completely different. I love that that can be done."
Hailee also referenced the heightened level of sexuality in the film. "You read it on paper, and it seems like it's one thing. So after you've read it the first time, your mind starts racing on how you think it's going to be done and what you think it's going to be like and all this stuff, and you're thinking all these different thoughts, and then it happens and it sort of just happens.”
“A lot of the scenes ... we just got right into it and didn't have much time to think on it or sort of get nervous about it. But obviously reading it on paper, it seems kind of intimidating, but Douglas [Booth] was great, and we had a very respectful cast and crew. It went really smoothly."