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Young Actress Comes Clean About "True Grit"

December 10, 2010

December is a big month for Hailee Steinfeld. On December 11, the California native will celebrate her 14th birthday. On December 22, she will appear on screens across America opposite Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in the Coen brothers' Western "True Grit."

In the film, based more on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis than on the 1969 film starring John Wayne, Steinfeld portrays 14-year-old Mattie Ross, a bright and headstrong young woman who hires drunken bounty hunter Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) to hunt down the man who killed her father.

It has become a cliche to talk about young actors as wise beyond their years, but consider this: Kim Darby, who played Mattie in the original, was in her 20s when the film was shot. Steinfeld was 13 when she played Mattie. Read More