She’s 16, but Hailee Steinfeld is no starry-eyed Juliet

Far left: Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth in “Romeo and Juliet.” Above: Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield in “Ender's Game.” Left: Steinfeld in “True Grit.”
Far left: Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth in “Romeo and Juliet.” Above: Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield in “Ender's Game.” Left: Steinfeld in “True Grit.” Relativity Media

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The first signs that Hailee Steinfeld is no typical teenager come long before the conversation turns to kissing, which she does a lot of in the latest adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet.”

There’s the way she welcomes a visitor, asking, “How are you?” and appearing to be actually interested. And how she pauses to consider her own answers: no hormonal impulse control issues here. There’s laughing but no giggling, enthusiasm but no sense of entitlement. And then there’s how she talks about all of the lip locking.

Steinfeld, only 16, does it with perfect professional detachment. Then again, with an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress already under her belt for “True Grit,” Steinfeld is the name that this “Romeo and Juliet” was built around.

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