Hailee Steinfeld is New Member of Barden Bellas in 'Pitch Perfect 2'

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Hailee Steinfeld is one of the new members of the Barden Bellas in Pitch Perfect 2, and she's definitely the most recognized of the newbies. Steinfeld received an Oscar nomination for her 2010 role in True Grit.

Now playing the role of freshman Emily Junk, Hailee Steinfeld will soon be the talk of the town--Hollywood, that is--once again.

The actress knew she wanted to be in Pitch Perfect 2 back when she first saw Pitch Perfect.

"I remember driving around and seeing the posters and every time saying, “I’ve got to see that movie.” All of my friends had seen it so it ended up being like a Friday night family movie date. I just remember, if I wasn’t jumping out of my seat because I was so excited that a song was in the movie, my parents were," Hailee Steinfeld said during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.

So what stands out most for Steinfeld about her first day on the set of Pitch Perfect 2?

"Well, I remember the first day I got there, I got off the plane, having not slept the day before, and went into dance rehearsal that they were already two weeks into, which in Bellas rehearsal time is a lot of work. I thought I’d just go in and meet everyone and they’d take my measurements and do a fitting and I’d get settled. That was not the case! I literally got off the plane and was in dance rehearsal and was so completely lost and disoriented," she said.

Was Hailee Steinfeld welcomed into the Pitch Perfect 2 cast in a different or similar way to the welcome Emily Junk received from the Barden Bellas?

"I would actually say there were more similarities than differences. Emily comes into the picture and the girls are a little skeptical. To be a Bella, you have to have certain qualities, right? So I think coming into this cast, I got in and I think the girls were like “Okay, let’s see if this girl can jump in with us. Let’s see if this girl can get into it.” And again, they were very supportive and very great, but I think there was a little bit of that as there is with Emily," Hailee Steinfeld said.

Have you checked out Hailee Steinfeld in Pitch Perfect 2 yet? If so, what do you think of her as one of the new Barden Bellas?

And if you haven't checked her out yet, is Pitch Perfect 2 on your must-see movie list for the near future?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.