American actress Hailee Steinfeld, 14, smiles during a media event Thursday to promote her film debut "True Grit." Steinfeld got the part in the Coen brothers' film after more than 15,000 girls applied for auditions a year ago. Her performance as the headstrong girl who hires a U.S. marshal to catch her father's killer, has earned her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. Steinfeld said that she learned a lot from stars Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. "They were such fun and made me feel at ease by telling me stories about how they felt when they made their first movies," she said. "True Grit" opens in Japan on March 18.© Japan Today
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