13 Fun Facts That Will Make You Love Beanie Feldstein Even More
You may know her as Julie, the fiercely devoted, scene-stealing BFF from Lady Bird, or Molly, the work-hard, play-soft high school senior from Booksmart, who inserts apostrophes into grammatically incorrect bathroom-stall graffiti. Beanie Feldstein is already everywhere, and we're about to see even more of her, as she already has numerous exciting projects lined up for the coming year.
Beanie has been known to take on roles in progressive, female-driven films. "When I was young, I grew up mostly watching films about boys," Beanie said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "So, it's been such a true privilege in my adult years to get to bring female coming-of-age stories to the screen." Portraying relatable, complicated teenage girls who are in the midst of self-discovery has become Beanie's forte, and we've fallen in love with each and every one of her onscreen characters. If you are looking for even more reasons to adore this 2020 Golden Globe nominee, look no further.
Her Real Name Isn't Beanie
Beanie's real name is Elizabeth Greer Feldstein. Beanie was a childhood nickname given to her by a British nanny who called her Elizabeanie. "I have two older brothers, and they're like, 'Let's just call her Beanie!" Beanie said in an interview with her college newspaper, The Wesleyan Argus. "If you call a dog Spot but its name is Spike, it's just gonna respond to Spot, so I just always responded to Beanie." Beanie thinks of her name as bashert, which in Yiddish means "meant to be."
Beanie Has 2 Brothers, Including Well-Known Actor Jonah Hill
Beanie's older brother is none other than Academy Award-nominated actor Jonah Hill. When speaking with W, Beanie referred to Jonah, who is nine years her senior, as her best friend. "I just think he is the best and has the best taste," said the Lady Bird actress. " . . . We think the world of each other." To celebrate Beanie's Broadway debut in Hello, Dolly!, Jonah got the message "Hello, Beanie!" tattooed on his forearm. If that's not sibling love, we don't know what is!
Beanie and Jonah's other brother, Jordan, passed away suddenly after suffering from a pulmonary embolism in 2017. Jordan, who was only 40 at the time of his death, founded Career Artist Management (CAM) and was the longtime talent manager for Maroon 5.
Beanie Graduated From Wesleyan College With a Degree in Sociology
Much to our surprise, the Booksmart bombshell chose not to major in theater while at college (although she still managed to squeeze in 14 college productions into her busy schedule). After taking the class Introduction to Sociology, her mind was completely blown."I was like, 'You know what? I have my whole life and my whole outside-of-school life to shape around acting.'" Beanie told the Wesleyan Argua. "Why don't I just take this time to really learn about something and really think about something that I don't often think about or I didn't grow up thinking about?" And I could not be happier. I think it's definitely my main takeaway from Wesleyan…the Sociology Department and the discipline and finding my love for academics through that."
Beanie’s Longtime BFF Is Ben Platt
Beanie has referred to Dear Evan Hanson star Ben Platt as the Will to her Grace and the Harry to her Hermione, in several Twitter and Instagram posts, solidifying their best friend status. The two Broadway stars attended their high school prom together and costarred in the Harvard Westlake Academy's production of Our Town. The pair will be costarring in Boyhood director Richard Linklater's upcoming film together. "I think back to us riding to school together singing 'Gypsy' in the car or 'Next to Normal' . . . just being able to watch him, and for him to watch me, it's been really emotional. It's truly out of our wildest dreams," Beanie said in an interview with Vogue.
Beanie Has a Fear of Colored Tongues
Ever since a classmate brought Shrek-themed green colored ketchup to school one day, Beanie has had a fear of colored tongues. "I don't know why. It's just unnatural to me. Like red doesn't bother me, cherry, because it echoes or reflects the color of your tongue." Beanie said to the Wesleyan Argus. " . . . So I don't eat a lot of lollipops or popsicles or anything."
Beanie Likes Harry Potter More Than Parties
Just like her onscreen persona, Molly from Booksmart, Beanie is not a huge party girl. "All my friends from college joked that when I graduated I should get an extra certificate, because I never smoked weed or did any drugs. I'm the most scaredy-cat, goody-goody." Beanie said in an interview with the LA Times. Beanie later shared that when her college pals were out partying, she would go home and watch Harry Potter (and yes, she's a Ravenclaw).
Beanie Has an Obsession With Backpacks
We all have our shopping weaknesses and Beanie's is backpacks! "I have to own close to 40 at this point! I've been wearing them every day to the theater, since they fit everything I could possibly need to bring," Beanie said to Racked. " . . . I guess it's my thing!" Beanie's favorite backpacks are from Ban.do if you want to match this stylish star's look.
If Beanie Wasn't Acting, She Would Run Her Own Summer Camp
Beanie went to Summer camp for 10 years, starting with a traditional campfire sports camp, and then moving on to Stagedoor Manor, a theater camp that she attended with best friend Ben Platt. "I love camp. My parents met at camp, and both sets of my grandparents met at camp, so camp holds a deep place in my family's heart," Beanie told Wesleyan Argus. If she wasn't acting, she would love to own and run her own Summer camp.
Beanie's Dream Is to Work With Melissa McCarthy
Beanie and her brother Jonah both share a mutual obsession with Melissa McCarthy (and can we blame them?). "Working with Melissa McCarthy has always been the dream," Beanie said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "On Lady Bird, Saoirse and I were constantly quoting Bridesmaids lines back and forth," Beanie said. "I have a pipe dream that we could play a young Kirsten Wiig and Melissa McCarthy in something." We hope so, too!
Beanie Made an Appearance in the Maroon 5 Video "Girls Like You"
Beanie made an appearance in the Maroon 5 music video "Girls Like You" alongside other A-list celebs including Ellen DeGeneres and Millie Bobby Brown. And this was no random guest appearance. Beanie and Adam Levine's families go way back, and the pair have known each other since Beanie was a little kid.
Beanie and Adam's mothers, Sharon Feldstein and Patsy Noah, are also very close friends. Alongside Alicia Keys's mother, the two moms cofounded YourMomCares, an organization that helps raise awareness for underserved and impoverished children. Her brother Jordan also worked with Maroon 5 for many years.
Beanie Is a Sucker For Nail Art
There are two types of pictures that flood Beanie's daily Instagram feed: puppies and nail art. "I'm the most into nail art — but I just can't do it myself. It's funny: I don't have much of a temper, but in college, my roommates could always tell when I was painting my nails because they'd hear me chucking things across the room! I'm so bad at it," Beanie told Racked.
Beanie Was a Campus Tour Guide
Performing in school theater productions wasn't Beanie's only college extracurricular activity; she can also add campus tour guide to her impressive résumé, which she talked about with the LA Times. Beanie prides herself on knowing everything and anything about her alma mater. "My friends would call me TGB — Tour Guide Beanie." Beanie said. "I'd be like, 'Did you know that this building used to be the campus center?' And they'd be like, 'Beanie, we don't care. We don't want to hang out with TGB right now.'"
There Was a Scary Moment When Beanie Wasn't Able to Speak
The Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising beauty realized she wanted to become an actress due to a health scare that occurred when she was just 9 years old. Beanie had developed nodules on her vocal cords, rendering her unable to speak. Her vocal cords could only be repaired through singing lessons and daily speech therapy. Aren't we so glad that she made a full recovery!