Hailee Steinfeld may be a card-carrying member of the T.Swift Squad, but the Pitch Perfect 2 star is breaking out on her own, musically, with the release of new single "Love Myself" on Friday.
The actress-turned-singer is taking a page from her pal Taylor’s book with the self-empowering track, a catchy pop-dance track that features the chorus "Gonna love myself, no, I don't need anybody else."
"We're fed this false sort of sense of what we're supposed to be like in order to love ourselves," Steinfeld explained on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show
on Friday. "I think this song...kind of highlights the power of loving yourself and empowering yourself."
Steinfeld has been teasing the song's release and music video shoot on social media for weeks, and she took to Instagram on Friday to share her excitement that the single was finally out.
"This has LITERALLY been me ALL DAY," she captioned a pic of her appearance on Duran’s show. "This has been unreal guys. I can't believe it's out. I love you. #LOVEMYSELF"
"Love Myself" also seems intent on showcasing that 18-year-old Steinfeld -- who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for True Grit when she was just 13 and recently graduated high school -- is not a little girl anymore, with racy lyrics like "I'm gonna put my body first / And love me so hard 'til it hurts."
Steinfeld showed off her pipes in Pitch Perfect 2
, and even released a cover of Jessie J’s "Flashlight,"
which she sang in the movie, as a single back in May. "Love Myself" is her first original single, leading to an upcoming album the actress will release with Republic Records.
"Honestly, music has always been such a huge part of my life and always a part of my plan," Steinfeld told Duran. "I made Pitch Perfect 2 last year and after that, I kind of just fell into making this. It all happened very organically and it's been amazing! I've made time and I've fallen in love with the whole process."