Hailee Steinfeld is being candid when it comes to the emotions behind her new music! In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight's Katie Krause, the singer and actress sat down to talk about the emotional journey involved in writing her new EP, Half Written Story.

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Hailee Steinfeld attends the Dickinson screening during the 2019 Tribeca TV Festival on September 14, 2019.

Steinfeld talks about how writing her EP was an emotional journey

Steinfeld said that the release of Half Written Story was "equally as terrifying as it is sort of, you know, exciting and liberating," explaining that when she wrote the album, she acknowledged her feelings as they surfaced. And as she shared, her emotions would shift day by day throughout the writing process!

"These records were written over the course of a time where one day, I was really angry and frustrated, and the next day, I was feeling so alone and isolated and introverted, and the next is, like, a little bit more empowered and little bit more confident and sort of starting to gain, you know, myself back," she told Krause. "I just love that I was able to accomplish all of those emotions that I was going through in a small body of work."

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Hailee Steinfeld attends Spotify "Best New Artist 2019" party on February 7, 2019.

Steinfeld shares her thoughts on romance: "every love is different"

Steinfeld said that she's learned lots when it comes to being in relationships after going through heartbreak. "Every love is different. Every relationship is different and sometimes a person is a certain way in a relationship versus outside of that relationship," she explained. "And sometimes you get to know both sides of that person."

She also talked about the importance of learning to trust herself more. "I guess I just learned how important it is to be honest and realistic with yourself," Steinfeld said. "I've been in situations [where] I will choose to ignore certain things deep down that aren't necessarily right or don't make me feel the way I know I deserve or should feel."

"And then beyond that you start to sort of try and find things that can distract you from the pain that you're feeling. I guess it's just I've learned not to ignore that and trust your instincts and trust yourself and that it's OK to feel what you're feeling."

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Steinfeld says that she's "for sure" open to exploring relationships 

Steinfeld said that now she's on the other side of heartbreak and has had time to grow as a person, she's not opposed to the idea of finding love again. While she's "for sure" keeping an open mind about it though, she admits that she has her reservations.

"Wild as love can be, it is pretty awesome," she admitted. "I wouldn't say I'm necessarily looking. I always think that -- and at least in my life it's proven to be true more than once -- that it kinda comes when you're not looking for it, you know? But as far as, like, having a guard up and I think that's always been the kind of person I am and have been forever with any relationship."

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"I think any time you experience sort of pain or or hurt or something from a certain situation going into it again, you've got a guard up, so I've definitely been the type of person to always have one up," she went on to say. "But yeah, maybe more so now, but I don't know. There will be somebody that comes along that knocks it down."