MANILA - Hollywood actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld, who has Filipino roots, has revealed that she always wanted to visit the Philippines.
"It's so incredible to be here," said Steinfeld in an interview on "Tonight with Boy Abunda" on Wednesday. "Coming to the Philippines has been a topic of conversation in my family for years so it's incredible that my music is what finally brought me out here."
The 19-year-old Steinfeld is scheduled to hold a series of mall shows beginning April 8 at the Eastwood Mall in Quezon City. She will also perform at the Uptown Mall, Fort Bonifacio (April 9) and Venice Grand Canal, McKinley Hill (April 10).
It is part of her current tour to promote her debut EP, "Haiz."
Asked about what it felt like to finally arrive in the home country of her grandfather, Ricardo Domasin, whom she fondly refers to as "Papa," Steinfeld said: "My Papa, I think he really represented Filipinos with his pride and his passion."
"And I've always felt --being here is so incredible because I'm so far away from home but I feel as though I'm home because of that," she added.
Steinfeld, who first shot to fame after being nominated for an Oscar for her performance in "True Grit," also talked about the pressure of becoming a role model at an early age.
"The idea of being a role model just by doing something that I really love and something that makes me feel good is a strange concept, I think," she said.
"I don't know if there's really a sense of pressure. I think my fans are very loyal to me and they're very much like myself. I don't know if I feel any pressure but I do feel a lot of love and support."