Hailee Steinfeld: ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Is Relevant Today

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Hailee Steinfeld is promoting Romeo & Juliet which comes out today. The 16-year-old says the love scenes with co-star Douglas Booth, 21, was easy.

She said, “You almost want [the love scenes] to be awkward, but in some ways, it’s not. As long as the chemistry is there as actors, it’s really helpful and it’s really good.”

HuffPost Entertainment recently interviewed the actress on the film.

On why she chose to be in Romeo & Juliet: “After I finished “True Grit,” it took about a year until I started the second film. It wasn’t intentional, it wasn’t a set time that we were purposely taking off. We were waiting to kind of see what the right thing was, and we wanted to take our time. I was in no rush after that crazy year. When “Romeo and Juliet” came along, I fell in love with the way that it was written and how innocent and vulnerable it was and how different it was from “True Grit.” I really liked that.”

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On helping to cast Douglas Booth: “I feel that for the story of “Romeo and Juliet” to be impactful, it has to be believable and there has to be a certain level of chemistry between the two characters. I was so excited that I was able to weigh in on the casting process with Douglas and being a part of finding the right actor, which I think we did. I read with a few guys; we screen tested in London and Douglas came in and read and it was great.”

On seeing the story that makes it still relatable for the younger generation: “I think overall the story is very universal and can be told over and over again and not get old because as much as times are changing, there’s something about the story that those core themes are still so relevant today. I think people can continue to identify with it.”

To read more on Hailee’s interview visit huffingtonpost.com.

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