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14-yr-old Steinfeld nominated for 'True Grit'

January 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Hailee Steinfeld is a first-time nominee in the Best Supporting Actress Oscar category.

Not only is it the Southern California native's first nomination, True Grit is the 14-year-old's first film role. And like a typical teen, at 5:38 a.m. she was not watching the television.

"I was asleep. Dead asleep," said Steinfeld. "I woke up to my parents screaming in the other room."

Hailee Steinfeld has made a name for herself with her Oscar nominated role in True Grit. To say that the success she's enjoying is overwhelming would be an understatement.

"I'm in complete shock, with myself, with the movie overall, so excited, from the beginning, such an honor to be a member of such a cast, have it doing so well, it's amazing," said Steinfeld.

Hailee has a good head on her shoulders, and says she is taking her time before jumping into another project.

"The biggest thing, first of all, taking this one day at a time, making sure this is all sinking in, because it's a lot and only happening once," said Steinfeld. "Just making the right decisions, that's something very important to me."

And while she hopes to spend many more years on movie sets, for the time being, she says she is still a regular teenager.

"I'm totally. I go home at the end of the day and still got to clean my room," said Steinfeld. "Nothing's changed."

Hailee will celebrate her nomination Wednesday night with Jimmy Kimmel. She'll be on his show at 12:05 a.m.