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“Barely Lethal’s” Hailee Steinfeld & Dove Cameron On Acting & “10,000 Hours” Rule

In Barely Lethal, actress Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 2, True Grit) is Megan Walsh, a special ops agent who ditches her colleagues to attend high school and live out her suburban dreams (she pretends to be an exchange student – from Canada). Although she is part of Megan’s host family, fellow teen Liz (Dove Cameron) doesn’t welcome Megan with open arms.

During the press conference, I asked Hailee Steinfeld and Dove Cameron if they are still learning various lessons from their respective profession.

In the audio clip below, Steinfeld talks about her early days as an actress and her diligent approach to the craft (“I haven’t stopped coaching- I haven’t stopped learning”). As for Cameron, whose comedic and musical talents are on full display in the Disney Channel series Liv and Maddie, she discussed why, even when one surpasses the “10,000 hours” rule, the learning just never stops.

Barely Lethal, co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, Sophie Turner, Jessica Alba, and Thomas Mann, opens in theaters and On Demand May 29, 2014.

Barely Lethal - A24
Gabriel Basso, Dove Cameron, Hailee Steinfeld, Toby Sebastian, and Thomas Mann in “Barely Lethal” (A24).

Greg Srisavasdi
I've been a movie reviewer/interview since 1991 (as a UCLA Daily Bruin scribe), worked at Westwood One, Deepest Dream owner, co-editor of Hollywood Outbreak, podcast co-host of "CinemAddicts" and "Matt and Greg Used To Interview Movie Stars." I can be reached at for inquiries or whatever the case may be!

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