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Jeff Bridges Says 'True Grit' Co-Star Hailee Steinfeld Is "More Mature" Than Most Kids

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Jan. 31 2011, Updated 12:46 p.m. ET

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It sounds like Hailee Steinfeld really made a good impression on her True Grit co-star Jeff Bridges. The actor only has wonderful things to say about the 14-year-old star.

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"Just as a person, she has a real sweetness and a generosity of spirit, and I think a lot of that, to a large degree comes from how she was raised," Jeff told Movie Line. "Most kids who are 13 or 14 years old are really chomping at the bit to start dating and getting in cars and all that stuff. And Hailee doesn't seem too eager to be older than she is."

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"She's really appreciating her age," he added. "And in a very odd way, that makes her more mature."

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And Jeff was also impressed by her acting talent!

"It was a very difficult role, I think, for any actor at any age," he explained. "She got her tongue around those words, and she made it look easy."

"But that was a lot of studying and a great work ethic to come up with that," he added. "All the skills — or talents, I guess — that actors wish they had, she's got them in spades."

Don't think Hailee could ask for a better compliment!

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