Hailee Steinfeld Talks To Us About Prepping For Her Iconic Role In 'Romeo & Juliet'!

Sat, May 21, 2011 1:04pm EST by 5 Comments

HollywoodLife.com spoke with Hailee Steinfeld at the 2011 Young Hollywood Awards about prepping for the epic role of Juliet in the upcoming classic, ‘Romeo & Juliet!’

There’s no doubt in our mind Hailee Steinfeld will wow us as Juliet in the upcoming film version of Romeo and Juliet, written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Carlo Carlei. As much as we loved Claire Danes and Olivia Hussey in the iconic role, we’re thrilled to see Hailee’s take on the classic, as she’s technically closer in age to the original Juliet than either of them. “I’m really excited. I have something to look forward to now, so I’m really excited about that,” the 14-year-old face of Miu Miu told HollywoodLife.com at the 2011 Young Hollywood Awards presented by Bing.

When it comes to former film renditions of William Shakespeare’s most famous story, Hailee isn’t sure she wants to watch them as preparation.

“I was kind of thinking that maybe I could challenge myself by not seeing them, but I can only benefit from seeing them,” she explained. “I saw the Zeffirelli version a couple years ago, so maybe I’ll see it again. It was an amazing version.”

The Young Hollywood Awards will be on TV for the very first time! Tune in to see the show on ION Television on Thursday, May 26 at 9 pm ET/PT — check your local listings for channel and time.

Kirstin Benson