Who is Beanie Feldstein?
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After the wide success of Booksmart, Beanie Feldstein is about to be everywhere. 

She may have gotten her start as Jonah Hill's younger sister, but all of that is about to change. The 25-year-old has taken roles in primarily female-focused, progressive films such as Lady Bird and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. 

The actor started out with a passion for theater and a family in the film industry. She was able to find jobs in both. Booksmart director Olivia Wilde raves about the star's abilities in an interview with Refinery29

The young star found out she got a part in the Hello, Dolly! Broadway revival while filming Lady Bird.

While filming a musical number in Lady Bird, the producers of the film, who also produced the Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Middler, suggested Feldstein for the role of Minnie Fay. Feldstein is a theater kid at heart and first acted in a professionally staged show when she was 10, so Broadway was a lifelong dream of hers. 

On the second anniversary of her Broadway debut, she wrote to Instagram, "Two years ago we opened Hello, Dolly! on broadway!!!!!! best year of my life. love every single human that brought that show to life more than words can say."

She played Julie, the best friend of Saoirse Ronan's character, in Lady Bird. 

Feldstein first hit the big screen in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, a film about a sorority who just wants to party. She showcased her comedic ability in that sequel, but she truly shined as Lady Bird's best friend, Julie, in Greta Gerwig's Oscar-nominated film. 

In an interview with Olivia Wilde for Refinery29, the 25-year-old shared that she only wanted to be a part of stories that she would want to watch. Her role in Lady Bird was especially important to her because she identified with the kindness in her character, and she thought it was important to showcase female friendships more often. 

Her latest hit Booksmart has received phenomenal reviews, but the real win from the movie is her real-life friendship with on-screen bestie Kaitlyn Dever. 

On the day of the movie's premiere, Feldstein shared an image with her costar and wrote a message of gratitude to the creator of the film, director Olivia Wilde: "Thank you for celebrating the pure, hysterical, deeply loving female friendship between two unbelievably brilliant young women. Thank you for making one of them queer. Thank you for creating the most iconic cast. Thank you for giving everyone their next sleepover movie. Thank you for letting me be your Molly."

Of, course, she also shouted out her partner-in-crime during the film, Dever. "And @kaitlyndever, thank you for being my ride or die, my sister, my partner on this journey. I love you."

Feldstein has a girlfriend, Bonnie Chance Roberts. 

Feldstein's girlfriend shared a cute picture of the two ahead of Booksmart's premiere and wrote, "Feeling so proud of and excited for this cheeky rascal today. The most exceptional human in existence." 

The two love to share adorable cuddled up pictures of each other, and fans can't get enough of them. Feldstein told People that she loved how her latest film normalized queer culture“For me in my life, it is a part of who I am but it is not at all my defining feature. It doesn’t mean I don’t love my girlfriend, it’s just part of who I am."

She and her brother Jonah Hill are extremely close; he even has a tattoo in her honor. 

Feldstein comes from a family in the entertainment industry. Her mother is a costume designer, her father once managed Maroon 5, and her brother is the iconic Jonah Hill. When she originally got her start after Neighbors 2, Feldstein was known as Jonah Hill's little sister, but now people will be calling him Beanie's brother. 

The two also had an older brother, Jordan, who died earlier this year after suffering a blood clot at age 40.

The triple-threat star also has major writing chops and graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in sociology. 

The actor penned an essay on grief following the death of her brother for InStyle. She also had the opportunity to contribute to Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies. She wrote, "I am so incredibly honored to be one of the 52 female contributors that came together to discuss the F-word in a book curated by my pixie girl @scarcurtis."

One of her longest and best friends is Pitch Perfect and Broadway star Ben Platt.

The two attended high school together in Los Angeles at Harvard-Westlake School along with her Booksmart costar, Billie Lourd. Feldstein has shared numerous throwback pics with Platt, and the two attended each other's Broadway shows. 

When Platt won his first Tony award in 2017, Feldstein shared to Instagram, "At 12, we met at a bat mitzvah, at 14, we became best friends, at 16, I gave him cufflinks to wear when he wins his first tony, at 23, we are on Broadway at the same time... and he wore the cufflinks."

Her dream would be to work with Melissa McCarthy. She and her brother are both obsessed with the actor. 

Feldstein is obsessed with Melissa McCarthy all the way back from her Gilmore Girls days. "Jonah and I have a mutual deep obsession with @melissamccarthy!!!" she captioned this screenshot of texts between she and her brother. On the set of Lady Bird, Ronan and Feldstein would quote McCarthy's lines from Bridesmaids to each other. 

In 2017 she tweeted, "don't mind me just starting my morning by watching Melissa McCarthy acceptance speeches and sobbing!!!!!!"

Feldstein made her television debut on My Wife and Kids. 

She was first spotted on screen in this episode of My Wife and Kids singing her young heart out to a Funny Girl song. She shared this clip to her Instagram and wrote, "My TV debut!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Feldstein has also been seen in an episode of season three Orange is the New Black. Her next big project is How to Build a Girl, a British comedy that premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. 

Adam Levine featured her in his "Girls Like You" music video because the two go way back. 

Feldstein's dad managed Levine's band, Maroon 5, and the musician was around throughout the actor's childhood. She shared a throwback shot of she and Levine along with a clip from the music video. 

"when i was five years old, adam dedicated a song to me at one of the band's first gigs and i stood up on my chair and yelled, "I HATE YOU! STOP EMBARRASSING ME!" and ran out of the room. almost twenty years later, he invited me to be a part of something very, very special and i decided not to run out of the room. love you, @adamlevine. #girlslikeyou," Feldstein shared in an Instagram post