Who Is Beanie Feldstein? Fun Facts About the Booksmart Star – Oprah Mag


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Beanie Feldstein. Remember that name, because the actress is on the fast track to superstardom. She was just nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as overachiever Molly in the female buddy comedy Booksmart, she’s been featured in glossies from Teen Vogue to Rolling Stone, and she’s kicking off 2020 with a Ryan Murphy project centered on the Clinton scandal in the late ’90s. Talk about busy.

But there is more to the 26-year-old actress than what meets the lens. An advocate for summer camp, nail art, and musicals (as is evidenced extensively by her Instagram feed), Feldstein is also related to a very famous actor (she’s Jonah Hill’s sister), dating an up-and-coming film producer, and keeping something secret about her real name. Below, 10 fast facts about the Booksmart actress who’s become the darling of the film world.

Yep, Jonah Hill is her brother.

The news sent the Internet into a tizzy last year, when Nina Parker for E! News interviewed Feldstein on the SAG Awards red carpet. “A lot of people may not know this,” she said, “but your brother is Jonah Hill.” If you’re hung up on the mismatching last names, just know that Jonah Hill was born Jonah Hill Feldstein. Why he dropped his last name remains his mystery to tell.


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In much sadder news, Feldstein lost her other brother, long-time Maroon 5 manager Jordan Feldstein, to a heart attack in December of 2017. She wrote about her grief in an essay for InStyle magazine.

Her partner is Bonnie-Chance Roberts.

Bonnie-Chance Roberts usually stays behind the lens, working on film crews and co-producing film projects. But the Cats premiere brought the producer out of the shadows and into the light, with Feldstein by her side. And though the premiere may mark their red-carpet couple debut, Roberts has been starring in Feldstein’s Insta for forever.

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She’s buds with fellow Golden Globe nominee Ben Platt.

Platt, who’s nominated for his role in The Politician, shows up in Feldstein’s social media feeds pretty consistently. The two met at a Bat Mitzvah, went to high school together, and have been besties ever since. In 2017, they each starred on Broadway: he in Dear Evan Hansen, she in Hello, Dolly. In October, the pair went as Dorothy and the Tin Man for Halloween, with both performing in Bette Midler’s Hulaween.

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And, in 20 years (yes, you read that right) she and Platt will play opposite each other in Richard Linklater’s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along.

Her Instagram profile and bio are adorable.

Not only does her profile pic feature a little girl in leopard print and pearls, but her succinctly scripted bio explains the actress in a nutshell: “human teddy bear!!!”


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She’s basically a cover model now.

Having appeared on covers from fashion glossies to entertainment stalwarts, the actress is no stranger to the newsstand. Just this year, she was on the covers of Teen Vogue, Backstage, and Fashion Canada. Not to mention, she was featured in spreads from Rolling Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, and InStyle.

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Her real name is Elizabeth Feldstein.

The Feldstein kids enjoy throwing monikered curveballs, as Jonah Hill isn’t the only one to reinvent his industry name. Born Elizabeth Feldstein, the actress was called “Elizabeanie” by her British nanny. Adopted by her brothers, the name stuck. So Beanie, it is.


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Her roles include Orange Is the New Black, Neighbors 2, and Lady Bird.

Feldstein actually got her first taste of the screen in a series called My Wife and Kids in 2002. Several years later, she popped up in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black (“Where My Dreidel At,” season 3). And then partied as a sorority girl in Neighbors 2. She played best friend and scene stealer Julie Steffans in Lady Bird, which garnered several ensemble awards, but it wasn’t until Booksmart that Feldstein really broke out as a singular actress to keep an eye on.

She’s usually the sober one at the party.

In 2016, Feldstein collaborated with Teen Vogue on a video titled, “10 Reasons Why It’s Cool to Be the Sober One at a Party.” Her suggestions for nixing the party punch include Reason #5: You Will Win Every Game, and Reason #10: You Won’t Be Kissing Randoms. Good advice at any age.

She’s featured in the Maroon 5 music video “Girls like You.”

Cardi B isn’t the only female featured in the video. There are a ton of megawatt stars, from athletes to actresses to talk show hosts. Feldstein joins Ellen DeGeneres, Aly Raisman, Sarah Silverman, Millie Bobby Brown, Ashley Graham, Lilly Singh, and so many more beautiful ladies.

She’s taking on Monica Lewinsky in 2020.

The actress was cast to play Lewinsky in the next installment of the anthology series American Crime Story from Ryan Murphy. She’ll be joined by Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, and Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones. Read all about everything else we know about American Crime Story here.

You can catch her at the Golden Globes, which take place January 5, 2020.

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