How Hailee Steinfeld Is "Entering A New Space" & Paying Tribute To California With Her Next Project

Hailee Steinfeld has given fans plenty of opportunities to appreciate her acting in the last couple of years,

from playing iconic poet Emily Dickinson in Apple TV's "Dickinson" to stepping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the lead in Disney+ miniseries "Hawkeye."

At the same time, fans of Steinfeld as a singer/songwriter have been left eagerly anticipating new music — but that wait is over.

At the end of July, Steinfeld released "Coast," a breezy track inspired by the star's home state of California and featuring a blistering guest verse from fellow Cali native Anderson .Paak.

Of course, Steinfeld is no stranger to musical success and killer collaborations: she's put out two EPs (2016's Haiz and 2020's Half Written Story)

and worked with artists like Grey and Zedd (2016's "Starving") and Alesso, Florida Georgia Line and watt (2017's "Let Me Go").

This time around, Steinfeld realized she wanted to take more time on her music — hence her two-year musical hiatus.

Captivated by love for her home and the music she grew up on, she decided to more deliberately craft a world around her new project.

This new universe served as a template that she could fully pour herself into in order to give fans of her music the fullest, most authentic view of herself that she possibly could.

"I feel like I'm entering a new space with my music that I've never been in before," Steinfeld tells GRAMMY.com.

"This is really the first time I've been able to build a proper world that I cannot wait for."

Shortly after the release of "Coast," GRAMMY.com spoke with Steinfeld to discuss the origins of the track,

crafting an entire aesthetic around her new music, and her favorite parts of artistic creation.

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