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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Florence Pugh to star in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling

Florence Pugh has signed on to star alongside Shia LaBeouf and Chris Pine in Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort Don’t Worry Darling.The Little Women star took to social media to share her excitement at landing a role in the psychological thriller…

Florence Pugh has signed on to star alongside Shia LaBeouf and Chris Pine in Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort Don’t Worry Darling.

The Little Women star took to social media to share her excitement at landing a role in the psychological thriller, which is set during the 1950s in an isolated, utopian community in the California desert.

Sharing a screenshot of the casting news on Instagram, Florence wrote: “@oliviawilde just tagged me in a picture *gasp no.1* @oliviawilde casted me in a film *gasp no.2* @oliviawilde is my idol and allowed me to be a part of this fecking incredible cast. Shia?!? Chris?!? *gasp no.3*. I can’t wait to join this project when all of this is over. Until then, masks up. Gloves on. Stay home.”

Olivia also posted a screengrab of Deadline’s casting story and wrote, “AM. I. DREAMING?”, prompting Florence to write in the comments: “This just make my heart pound unbelievably so. I can’t explain how excited I am!”

The Booksmart director later took to Twitter to confess she was nervous about the upcoming project, which has made her the “happiest director in the world”.

“This cast is B A N A N A S,” she posted. “To say that I’m honored/excited/elated/sh**ting myself would be a massive understatement… Looking forward to announcing the rest of our incredible ensemble very soon. #DontWorryDarling.”

Fans have since speculated on Twitter that Dakota Johnson will be added to the cast because she said “see you on set” in a hand-washing video that was posted on the director’s Instagram page in March.

In addition to helming the film, Olivia will also star in and produce the movie from a screenplay written by Katie Silberman, who co-wrote Booksmart.

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Olivia Wilde ‘worked hard’ to become director of Kerri Strug biopic

Olivia Wilde “worked hard” to be made director of an upcoming biopic about gymnast Kerri Strug. The actress, who made her directorial debut with 2019 coming-of-age comedy Booksmart, was revealed to be the director of sports drama Perfect by editors at…

Olivia Wilde “worked hard” to be made director of an upcoming biopic about gymnast Kerri Strug.

The actress, who made her directorial debut with 2019 coming-of-age comedy Booksmart, was revealed to be the director of sports drama Perfect by editors at Deadline last week.

Perfect will tell the story of Strug, who won huge praise from fans at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia by completing a final, gold medal-winning vault in the team competition on a badly injured ankle that later required treatment for ligament damage. She had to be carried to the podium to accept her gold medal with her teammates before heading to hospital.

Opening up about her new film on Twitter, Wilde revealed to her followers that she is grateful to have the opportunity to tell the “unreal” story.

“Best script I’ve ever read. I worked hard to get this gig. This story is unreal,” she tweeted, adding in a mindblown emoji. “I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to tell it my way.”

The script for the film, which Wilde will also produce, will be penned by Borg/McEnroe writer Ronnie Sandahl, who is adapting the book Landing on My Feet: A Diary of Dreams by Strug and John P. Lopez.

In a statement to Deadline, Wilde described Perfect as an “epic sports movie”.

“It is an excruciatingly beautiful underdog story that will thrust the audience into the heart of Kerri Strug with unblinking, raw honesty,” the 35-year-old said. “It is an epic sports movie that will deliver on all the wish-fulfilment that makes those films so thrilling to watch. At the same time, it is unlike any sports movie you have seen before.”

Wilde recently won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for Booksmart. She is also set to helm the thriller Don’t Worry, Darling, which will centre on an unhappy 1950s housewife.

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Olivia Wilde to direct biopic about gymnast Kerri Strug

Olivia Wilde is to direct a biopic about heroic American gymnast Kerri Strug.Strug won huge praise from fans at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia by completing a final, gold medal-winning vault in the team competition on a badly injured ankle that …

Olivia Wilde is to direct a biopic about heroic American gymnast Kerri Strug.

Strug won huge praise from fans at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia by completing a final, gold medal-winning vault in the team competition on a badly injured ankle that later required treatment for ligament damage.

Iconic photographs showed Strug being carried to the podium to accept her gold medal with her teammates before heading to hospital.

Her achievement made her an American hero – she was visited by U.S. President Bill Clinton and made the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Speaking about the film, titled Perfect, Wilde told Deadline she is delighted to bring a true underdog story to the silver screen.

“This is a film about what real power looks like,” she said. “It is an excruciatingly beautiful underdog story that will thrust the audience into the heart of Kerri Strug with unblinking, raw honesty.

“It is an epic sports movie that will deliver on all the wish-fulfilment that makes those films so thrilling to watch. At the same time, it is unlike any sports movie you have seen before.”

The script for the film, which Wilde will also produce, will be penned by Borg/McEnroe writer Ronnie Sandahl, who is adapting the book Landing on My Feet: A Diary of Dreams by Strug and John P. Lopez.

Wilde, 35, made her directorial debut with 2019 coming-of-age comedy Booksmart, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. She is also set to helm the thriller Don’t Worry, Darling, which will centre on an unhappy 1950s housewife.

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Olivia Wilde urges Hollywood bosses to focus on ideas over resumes

Olivia Wilde has urged Hollywood executives to focus on the quality of a candidate’s ideas rather than the length of their resume.The actress/director, who made her directorial debut with 2019’s Booksmart, spoke to Katie Couric at the 2020 MAKERS Confe…

Olivia Wilde has urged Hollywood executives to focus on the quality of a candidate’s ideas rather than the length of their resume.

The actress/director, who made her directorial debut with 2019’s Booksmart, spoke to Katie Couric at the 2020 MAKERS Conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, where she explained her idea to get more women working behind the scenes in the film industry.

“In order to change those numbers, we have to change how people are hired,” the 35-year-old said. “Anyone in a position of power – who is basing their decisions on resumes – what they will end up doing is perpetuating the system. Because when women haven’t been given as many opportunities to take on leadership roles as men, their resumes are not as long.”

Olivia then explained how she was now able to implement her idea when hiring crew members for her films.

“I’m now in a position of hiring, say production designers, I can look at a resume of a man who has done tonnes of movies and won awards and he seems like a more valuable option than the woman, who might be brilliant and have a great take on the concept, but her resume looks so thin next to the guy,” she shared, adding that if “we continue to do that, we will perpetuate the system”.

The issue of representation among female directors has been a hot topic in Hollywood in recent weeks, after the Oscars once again announced an all-male shortlist in its directing category, despite figures showing an increase in box office movies helmed by women.

Natalie Portman notably wore a cape embroidered with the names of all the female directors who missed out on a nomination to the Academy Awards on Sunday.

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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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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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Female directors behind record-breaking number of movies in 2019

Filmmakers including Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Lee, and Anna Boden helped propel female-directed movies to record-breaking levels in 2019.Out of the 100 highest-grossing movies of the year, 10.6 per cent of them were directed by female filmmakers, a jump …

Filmmakers including Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Lee, and Anna Boden helped propel female-directed movies to record-breaking levels in 2019.

Out of the 100 highest-grossing movies of the year, 10.6 per cent of them were directed by female filmmakers, a jump from just 4.5 per cent in 2018, according to the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, reported Variety.

Movies including Gerwig’s Little Women, Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers, animated sequel Frozen 2, which was co-directed by Lee and Chris Buck, and Captain Marvel, which was helmed by Boden and Ryan Fleck, all scored box office hits.

Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart, Melina Matsoukas’s Queen & Slim and Lulu Wang’s The Farewell were also among 2019’s most popular female-directed flicks.

“It illuminates where we’re seeing traction and where there’s room for improvement,” said one of the study’s authors, Stacy L. Smith. “Universal under (studio chief) Donna Langley should be lauded for ensuring that women get opportunities.”

Smith also predicted that 2020 will be even better, with female directors being handed the reins of big superhero movies such as Birds of Prey, Eternals, Black Widow, and Wonder Woman 1984 as well as the Disney live-action remake of Mulan.

“2020 will be an extraordinary year for female directors,” she added. “That’s important, because we’re seeing women being given opportunities to direct action movies and not just smaller, independent films… Progress will come when females are given the opportunity to carry movies behind the camera across genres and budget ranges.”

The study comes weeks after the 2020 Golden Globe nominees were announced, sparking outrage that the Best Director category featured all-male candidates once again.

The prize, which will be handed out on Sunday, will be between Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Quentin Tarantino, 1917’s Sam Mendes, Joker’s Todd Phillips, Bong Joon-Ho for Parasite, and Martin Scorsese for The Irishman.

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