Beanie Feldstein felt ‘daunted’ by How to Build a Girl

Beanie Feldstein felt “daunted” by her new movie How to Build a Girl because it was the first time she had led a project on her own.The 26-year-old found fame and won critical acclaim with her supporting or co-lead roles in films such as Lady Bird and …

Beanie Feldstein felt “daunted” by her new movie How to Build a Girl because it was the first time she had led a project on her own.

The 26-year-old found fame and won critical acclaim with her supporting or co-lead roles in films such as Lady Bird and Booksmart, but with How to Build a Girl, she leads the film entirely on her own.

In an interview with Teen Vogue, Beanie admitted she was apprehensive about the prospect of the being the solo lead and made sure she treated the crew well.

“How to Build a Girl was the first time I had ever led a film by myself. I was so daunted by it and so intimidated,” she shared. “And I remember saying to my mom on the phone from London, ‘You know what? I don’t know if I’m a good actor, I don’t know if the crew will remember me as a good actor or if they think I am, but I don’t care.’ What I care about is them saying, ‘Oh, Beanie Feldstein she was really kind, she was really respectful.’ And that really genuinely is more important to me than people saying, she was so talented but she was rude.”

In the British coming-of-age flick, based on journalist Caitlin Moran’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, Beanie plays Johanna Morrigan, a teenager living in Wolverhampton, England, who becomes a writer for a music magazine.

She eventually gets her own column with an editor, played by Emma Thompson, and the American star was thrilled to work alongside the Harry Potter actress.

“To get to work with Emma Thompson is like, I still can’t believe it happened,” she gushed. “She arrived wearing dungarees and brought chocolate for the entire crew. I was like, ‘Oh, so she’s a magic person. She is from Hogwarts.'”

How to Build a Girl, also starring Chris O’Dowd and Alfie Allen, was released digitally in the U.S. earlier this month.

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Beanie Feldstein continues to wear jeans during lockdown

Beanie Feldstein still continues to wear jeans around the house during lockdown. While the vast majority of people have ditched restrictive clothing and have been spending the coronavirus lockdown days in comfortable sweatpants, the Booksmart star has…

Beanie Feldstein still continues to wear jeans around the house during lockdown.

While the vast majority of people have ditched restrictive clothing and have been spending the coronavirus lockdown days in comfortable sweatpants, the Booksmart star hasn’t given up her jeans because putting on “real clothes” makes her feel like her normal self.

“I’m someone who puts on jeans,” she admitted to The Hollywood Reporter. “Jeans but no shoes is what I’ve learned about myself. When I work out I’m wearing workout shoes, but the rest of the day is purely an UGG slipper. And not always jeans, sometimes a dress or skirt, but I have to put on real clothes, even if I’m not doing a Zoom or seeing somebody virtually.

“I just don’t feel like myself unless I shower, wash my hair, put on jeans. It makes me feel better, and then it’s fun at the end of the day to be like, ‘Oh I get to put on sweatpants now.'”

The 26-year-old also takes part in trivia nights over Zoom with her friends and they are all required to dress up in accordance with that week’s theme using pieces from their existing wardrobe.

“You have to come in costume, too… My friends definitely have a flair for the dramatic,” she joked. “Obviously we’re all at home and we don’t have access to the real costumes, but it’s really fun to see how inventive people can get. Last night was pop divas and there was an amazing one with Beyonce’s headdresses made out of a visor that my friend decorated. People get very creative.”

The Lady Bird star is currently in lockdown at her parents’ Los Angeles home, where she has been doing virtual press for her new movie How to Build a Girl.

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Beanie Feldstein worked in a shop to nail accent for How to Build a Girl

Beanie Feldstein worked part-time in a shop in Wolverhampton, England to try and nail her accent for How to Build a Girl.The 26-year-old actress stars in the upcoming movie, based on the book of the same name by British author Caitlin Moran, as teenage…

Beanie Feldstein worked part-time in a shop in Wolverhampton, England to try and nail her accent for How to Build a Girl.

The 26-year-old actress stars in the upcoming movie, based on the book of the same name by British author Caitlin Moran, as teenager Johanna Morrigan, a working class aspiring writer from Wolverhampton, England who becomes a popular music journalist.

However, Feldstein was concerned that she wasn’t a good fit for the role after she met with Moran and director Coky Giedroyc in London to explore possible sites for filming.

“I called my mom on the way home and said, ‘I don’t know if I’ll get this. It’s such a British story and an experience of a working-class girl in the Midlands, and if they don’t want me for it, I completely understand that,'” she told Variety.

She was offered the role and immediately accepted, and months after the initial meeting, she began working part-time in a shop that had “an end-of-the-world feeling” in Wolverhampton, where Moran is from, to help her nail the regional accent.

And Feldstein was full of praise for the 45-year-old journalist for writing such a candid semi-autobiographical story.

“She gives us all, but specifically teenage girls, permission to make mistakes. And for those mistakes to be folded into your personhood. I loved that,” she shared. “Caitlin’s brilliance is that she wants everyone to do that for themselves. It’s easier to forgive other people, but not yourself. You are not defined by those phases, but they do make you stronger.”

How to Build a Girl, which also stars Alfie Allen, Emma Thompson, and Paddy Considine, will be released on video-on-demand in the U.S. on 8 May.

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Kaitlyn Dever gets make-up tips from Beanie Feldstein

Kaitlyn Dever gets valuable make-up tips and advice from her Booksmart co-star Beanie Feldstein.In a new interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the 23-year-old shared that she loves nothing more than a natural look on her days off but is a big fan of winge…

Kaitlyn Dever gets valuable make-up tips and advice from her Booksmart co-star Beanie Feldstein.

In a new interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the 23-year-old shared that she loves nothing more than a natural look on her days off but is a big fan of winged eyeliner when she’s going to an event.

However, Kaitlyn admitted her pal Beanie had to help her out when she first attempted to use liquid eyeliner.

“If I’m going out with my friends, I do winged eyeliner – I’ve actually got really good at it! I’ve mastered using a felt tip pen liquid liner,” the actress explained. “Beanie is a pro at it – hers always looks amazing. She was giving me her tips and she said, ‘You just have to go for it’, and I think that’s a little bit true. She told me: ‘You go for it, and then you fix it after.’ I always felt like fixing isn’t the best way to do it but actually it means that you can really perfect it.”

Kaitlyn, who was recently nominated for the Rising Star Award at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), added that she relies on her family and friends to help her deal with pressures of Hollywood’s beauty standards.

“I don’t feel any sort of pressure to look a certain way ever. I feel that’s partly because of the way my parents raised me,” she shared. “They always brought me up to just be myself and constantly remind me when they notice that I’m slipping away from myself a little bit.”

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Beanie Feldstein and Lana Condor fronting Aerie campaign

Beanie Feldstein and Lana Condor have been tapped as brand ambassadors for Aerie.Executives at the lifestyle label, known for its inclusive collections of intimates, apparel, activewear and swimwear, announced on Thursday that the Booksmart actress and…

Beanie Feldstein and Lana Condor have been tapped as brand ambassadors for Aerie.

Executives at the lifestyle label, known for its inclusive collections of intimates, apparel, activewear and swimwear, announced on Thursday that the Booksmart actress and the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star have been selected as #AerieREAL Role Models, alongside the likes of model/writer Hari Nef, actress Ali Stroker, sustainability activist Manuela Baron, Smile On Me founder Dre Thomas, DJ and wellness advocate Tiff McFierce, and scientist Keiana Cave.

“Truly so, so excited to be included alongside these inspiring women as one of the #AerieREAL role models for 2020!!! These gals are the REAL deal. They are making the changes they want to see in the world and I couldn’t be more honoured to be a part of this group,” Beanie, 26, wrote on her Instagram page. “I’ve loved Aerie for a long time: they never retouch their photos and all of their clothes are deliciously cosy and all I ever want to be is cosy!”

Meanwhile, Lana insisted she was “over the moon” to be involved with the company.

“Being a role model is a dream come true @Aerie not only gives me the power to feel sexy and proud of the skin I’m in, but also gives me a platform to speak about what’s most important to me: loving yourself and others, and the power of education,” the 22-year-old added. “It’s rare to find a brand that is so devoted to making the world a better more positive place, so this is truly a partnership I cherish.”

The new set of #AerieREAL Role Models join current brand ambassadors including Aly Raisman, Iskra Lawrence, Brenna Huckaby, Molly Burke, and Jenna Kutcher.

In addition to the campaign, Aerie bosses have also launched an initiative to donate $400,000 (£305,000) to 20 real-life changemakers who are making a difference in their communities.

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Zendaya stuns in metallic breastplate at 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

Zendaya stole the spotlight in a hot pink breastplate and matching skirt by Tom Ford at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.The 23-year-old, who was nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Rue in the HBO dra…

Zendaya stole the spotlight in a hot pink breastplate and matching skirt by Tom Ford at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.

The 23-year-old, who was nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Rue in the HBO drama Euphoria, stunned as she hit the red carpet wearing the $15,000 (£11,500) bespoke piece from the designer’s spring 2020 collection.

Zendaya complemented the unique creation with a floor-length fuchsia skirt, Mateo New York earrings, Djula rings, and satin pumps by Christian Louboutin. Her stylist, Law Roach, later pointed out that the breastplate was a homage to the vintage pieces by Issey Miyake and Yves Saint Laurent, and called the Spider-Man: Far From Home star a “Warrior Woman” in a post on Instagram.

The piece was also recently worn by Gwyneth Paltrow for the cover of the latest issue of U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and the Oscar winner took to social media to lavish praise on the young star.

“Thank God I can say I have something in common with Zendaya,” she commented on a picture of the actress wearing the breastplate.

Other famous faces who also rocked bright colours on the red carpet included Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein, who wore a two-tone pastel pink and red dress with open-toe velvet Jimmy Choo platform heels.

Kristen Bell made a bold statement with her neon green caped jumpsuit by Cong Tri, paired with matching heels, while Awkwafina wowed in a bright yellow Ellie Saab gown, which featured a flowing skirt and sleeves, and Stuart Weitzman platform shoes.

Renee Zellweger, who scooped the Best Actress prize at the ceremony for her role in Judy, bucked the colourful trend by wearing a black strapless Dior gown, and Best Actress in a Comedy Series winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge rocked a one-shouldered sheer dress also created by designers at the French fashion house.

Little Women star Florence Pugh was among those who embraced show-stopping glittering gowns for the annual ceremony, wearing a silver sequinned column-style dress by Prada, while Jennifer Lopez opted for an elegant cream cut-out gown with embellishment by Georges Hobeika.

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Olivia Wilde wears low-rise jeans so her ‘gut can expand’

Olivia Wilde prefers to wear low-rise jeans as they allow room for her “gut to expand”.The actress/director has been tapped to front the February 2020 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine, and in an accompanying photoshoot, she models a variety of suits and …

Olivia Wilde prefers to wear low-rise jeans as they allow room for her “gut to expand”.

The actress/director has been tapped to front the February 2020 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine, and in an accompanying photoshoot, she models a variety of suits and dresses inspired by Hollywood’s Golden Age.

However, in an interview held with her Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein for the publication, Olivia insisted that she is at her “most comfortable” in classic denim jeans.

“I’m still pretending to be a teenager from the early 2000s,” she said. “My most comfortable state is when I’m wearing low-rise jeans, sneakers, and a sweatshirt. In that, I am unstoppable. And if I’m in a high-waist jean, I can’t let my gut expand.”

When it comes to dressing for the red carpet, Olivia isn’t afraid to opt for a long sequin gown or chic floral number, and she credits her longtime stylist Karla Welch with helping her put together looks that make her feel confident in the spotlight.

“(Karla) knows I love a strong shoulder and anything that makes me feel powerful. That doesn’t mean I don’t love a flowy frock here and there, but you learn what makes you feel like your best self,” the 35-year-old shared.

In addition, Beanie noted that Olivia looked great in a dramatic white Miu Miu dress and Giuseppe Zanotti heels at the 2019 Gotham Awards in December. But the mother-of-two confessed that she actually had a difficult time manoeuvring her dress during her entrance.

“I was laughing because I’m not good at altering the way I move in the name of fashion. Everyone was like, ‘Olivia, you can’t stomp around like Seabiscuit,'” she laughed.

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Awkwafina makes history with Golden Globes win

Awkwafina made history when she won the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy prize at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night. The Crazy Rich Asians actress, real name Nora Lum, beat Knives Out’s Ana de Armas, Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein, Late Night’s …

Awkwafina made history when she won the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy prize at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night.

The Crazy Rich Asians actress, real name Nora Lum, beat Knives Out’s Ana de Armas, Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein, Late Night’s Emma Thompson, and Cate Blanchett for Where’d You Go, Bernadette to win the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical prize for her role in The Farewell.

With her win, the 31-year-old became the first person of Asian descent to win that category and win a lead actress Golden Globe for a film.

No Asian woman had ever been nominated in the category until last year, when her Crazy Rich Asians co-star Constance Wu landed on the shortlist and was subsequently beaten by Olivia Colman for The Favourite. At the 2019 awards ceremony, Sandra Oh became the first Asian to win Best Actress in a TV show for Killing Eve.

First-time nominee Awkwafina, whose father is Chinese-American and late mother was South Korean, acknowledged her historic win backstage by saying, “I just heard that fact and it was pretty mind-blowing. There’s also this other feeling that you want there to be more, and I hope this is just the beginning.”

In her acceptance speech, Awkwafina joked to the star-studded audience at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, “This is great. If I ever fall on hard times, I’m gonna sell this, so that’s great.

“I’ve never been to the Golden Globes, so I’m here now and it’s this and it’s great. Most importantly, to Lulu Wang, our incredible director. You gave me this chance, this chance of a lifetime and taught me so much.”

She dedicated the award to her father, praised her paternal grandmother, whom she described as her “best friend”, and thanked her late mum, commenting that she “always hoped was watching from somewhere above and I hope she’s watching now.”

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Olivia Wilde urges airline bosses to cut ties with flight film censorship firm

Olivia Wilde has urged airlines to cut ties with the bosses of a third-party company who censor films shown on flights after discovering Booksmart had been heavily edited for passengers.The actress/director was shocked to learn a pivotal lesbian sex sc…

Olivia Wilde has urged airlines to cut ties with the bosses of a third-party company who censor films shown on flights after discovering Booksmart had been heavily edited for passengers.

The actress/director was shocked to learn a pivotal lesbian sex scene and a mention of the word “vagina” had been cut from her 2019 movie for a recent flight screening, while the word “f**k” was not removed.

Wilde has since seen the edited version and she’s upset the powers that be saw fit to cut her feature even though it opens with a parental guidance disclaimer.

“I finally had the chance to watch an edited version of Booksmart on a flight to see exactly what had been censored,” she wrote on Twitter. “Turns out some airlines work with a third-party company that edits the movie based on what they deem inappropriate. Which, in our case, is… female sexuality?”

Wilde went on to explain that she was stuned to find the second half of an animated doll sequence, where the figures are naked, was cut, as was the word “genitals”. The company also edited out a scene in which two female characters attempt to have sex, even though it involves no nudity.

“By the way, they didn’t cut ANY cursing. Every ‘f**k’ is heard loud and clear, sometimes in the same scene where they muted ‘vagina’. They showed (character) George (elegantly) deep-throating a microphone but couldn’t stomach a consensual love scene between two women,” the 35-year-old stated. “What message is this sending to viewers and especially to women? That their bodies are obscene? That their sexuality is shameful? I urge every airline, especially those who pride themselves on inclusivity, to stop working with this third-party company, and trust the parental advisory warning to allow viewers to opt-out if they choose.”

Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, who starred in the film, have also spoken out about the cuts.

Feldstein tweeted: “We’re on the case to get this rectified. Our movie is a beautiful representation of the queer experience as young people. I’m a queer person. So we’re getting to the bottom of it, don’t worry.”

While Dever called the controversy “ridiculous”, adding: “I don’t even know what to say to that. That makes me so mad.”

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Booksmart stars upset about airline bosses’ film censorship

Booksmart stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever have pledged to get to the bottom of one airline’s decision to cut a lesbian sex scene from the film.The pair’s director, Olivia Wilde, was alerted to the censorship by a fan, who watched the movie on …

Booksmart stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever have pledged to get to the bottom of one airline’s decision to cut a lesbian sex scene from the film.

The pair’s director, Olivia Wilde, was alerted to the censorship by a fan, who watched the movie on a recent flight and realised something was missing, and the filmmaker expressed her dismay on social media.

Now, Feldstein and Dever have assured fans they’ll get to the bottom of the censorship.

“We’re on the case to get this rectified,” Feldstein told Variety. “Our movie is a beautiful representation of the queer experience as young people. I’m a queer person. So we’re getting to the bottom of it, don’t worry.”

And Dever has called the controversy “ridiculous”, adding: “I don’t even know what to say to that. That makes me so mad.”

Wilde reiterated her comments to the publication, saying, “I don’t understand it. There’s censorship, airline to airline, of films, which there must be some kind of governing board to determine. We rate it a certain way. If it’s not X-rated, surely it’s acceptable on an airplane.

“There’s insane violence of bodies being smashed in half and yet a love scene between two women is censored from the film. It’s such an integral part of this character’s journey. I don’t understand it. My heart just broke. I’m trying to get to the bottom of it; I want people to experience the entire film.”

Olivia did not name the airline that had censored the film, although social media reports have suggested it is Delta Air Lines.

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