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‘Romeo And Juliet’ Oscar Nominee Hailee Steinfeld Talks About Shakespeare, Juliet’s Innocence Compared To Her ‘True Grit’ Character

By Staff Writer | October 10, 2013 05:48 AM EDT

 

The latest re-imagining of "Romeo and Juliet" stars Hailee Steinfeld. Most remembered for her role as a 14 year old stubborn girl in "True Grit" which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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From her Western drama, she makes a shift to Shakespeare, as she plays Juliet. She shares her insights on the drastic role shift with Collider:

On the language shift from True Grit to Shakespeare: "The dialogue definitely added to the list of challenges with both of the roles.  With True Grit, the language was very specific, as is Shakespeare.  You couldn't really improvise, nor would you really ever have to.  I never felt the need to.  It was all so beautifully written, and it was all right there.  With Shakespeare, it was definitely a process, learning that text and going through and translating each thing.  My script was filled with itty bitty writing.  So, I would say they were both as difficult."

On comparing her strong, tomboyish character in True Grit to the lovestruck Juliet:"I would say that the strength that was in both characters is similar.  My character in True Grit would set these goals for herself that seemed near impossible, but to her they were possible.  She was never going to believe anything else other than that.  I think that is the same with Juliet.  She doesn't necessarily set goals for herself, but she knows what she wants to do and where she wants to end up.  She is going to do whatever she can to get there and be happy.  That is the similarity that comes to mind.  As for which was more difficult, I would say one wasn't more difficult than the other.  Both were challenging roles, but I had great people surrounding me to help me out."

On whether she relates with Juliet as a character: "I do.  What I love so much about Juliet is how youthful she is and how innocent she is.  It was really interesting, exploring her emotions myself, at that age.  I definitely explored a side of vulnerability and innocence that I had never really done before, so that was really fun and interesting.  I think her innocence and her vulnerability is really present.  Another thing is that she is very strong and independent.  What is so beautiful about the story is that she doesn't really know what she wants until she doesn't have it, which is like most of us, in some situations.  You really see her fight for what she loves.  She does what she can to get to what she wants."

 

 

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