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Precocious True Grit Star Already Riding High

In 2003, it was New Zealander Keisha Castle-Hughes; in 2007, Canadian actress Ellen Page. But in 2010, the emerging young female star of awards season is from our very own backyard.

Fourteen-year-old True Grit newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, who calls Thousand Oaks home, is being showered with praise by reporters and co-stars. In yesterday’s LA Times profile piece by Amy Kaufman and Geoff Boucher, for example, Matt Damon was extremely complimentary when comparing her to other young actors he has recently worked with.

Via MSN.com, Steinfeld tells LA freelance journalist James Rocchi how haphazardly her path to beating out 15,000 other hopefuls began:

“I heard about the audition from my second cousin. Her mom had just learned how to use [online casting service] Actor’s Access, that’s how she heard about the True Grit audition… She passed it onto my mom and then we called my agents out on it and said, ‘Why aren’t I going out on this?’…”

“I was put on tape the first weekend in January and got a callback two days later to read with casting director Ellen Chenoweth… Five weeks later I got called in to read for the Coen brothers.”

While there is nothing  ”Supporting” about Steinfeld’s performance, that is the category she has been slotted into at the 2010 SAG Awards and, most likely, February’s Oscars, where many are already predicting she will win.

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