Beanie Feldstein

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Beanie Feldstein
Beanie Feldstein at SXSW.jpg
Feldstein at the 2019 South by Southwest
Born
Elizabeth Greer Feldstein[1]

(1993-06-24) June 24, 1993 (age 26)
EducationHarvard-Westlake School
Alma materWesleyan University
OccupationActress
Years active2002–present
RelativesJonah Hill (brother)

Elizabeth Greer Feldstein (born June 24, 1993) known professionally as Beanie Feldstein, is an American actress and singer. She has played supporting roles in the comedy film Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) and the comedy-drama film Lady Bird (2017). For her starring role as a high school senior in the comedy Booksmart (2019), she received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.[2]

On Broadway, she has appeared in a production of Hello, Dolly! from 2017 to 2018, and in television, she has taken on a recurring role in What We Do in the Shadows (2019).

Early life and education[edit]

Feldstein was born in Los Angeles, the only daughter of Sharon Lyn (née Chalkin), a costume designer and fashion stylist, and Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N' Roses.[3][4][5] Feldstein is Jewish. Feldstein is the youngest of three children; her elder brother is actor Jonah Hill while her elder brother, Maroon 5 manager Jordan Feldstein (1977–2017), died suddenly of a blood clot at age 40.[6] Her caretaker nicknamed her "Beanie" when she was an infant, and her brothers kept it up.[7][8] She attended the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles and Stagedoor Manor, a theatre camp in New York.[9] She and fellow Broadway and film actor Ben Platt have been best friends since high school.[10] She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2015 with a degree in sociology.[11]

Career[edit]

Feldstein made her acting debut by appearing in the ABC comedy series My Wife and Kids (2002).[9] In 2012, she played Megan in the musical television pilot Madison High.[12]

In 2015, Feldstein appeared as a guest in the third season of Netflix's comedy series Orange Is the New Black.[9] She played the role of Anna in the film Fan Girl.[13]

Feldstein had a significant role in the comedy Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.[9][13] The film was released on May 20, 2016, by Universal Pictures.[9]

Feldstein was also cast to play Lydia Harris in HBO's period drama pilot The Devil You Know.[14]

On October 18, 2016, it was announced that Feldstein would play Minnie Fay in the 2017 Broadway production of Hello, Dolly!, alongside Bette Midler, making her Broadway debut. The show began previews on March 15, 2017 and opened on April 20, 2017.

Feldstein also co-starred in Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut Lady Bird, which was released to critical acclaim in 2017.

In 2019, she starred in Olivia Wilde's directorial debut, the high school comedy Booksmart, and played the British lead character, Johanna Morgan, in the film adaptation of Caitlin Moran's How to Build a Girl.

She plays Jenna in the 2019 television series What We Do in the Shadows, and it was announced that she will play Monica Lewinsky in the third season of American Crime Story: Impeachment.[15]

On August 29, 2019, it was announced that Feldstein would be starring in Richard Linklater's film adaptation of Merrily We Roll Along, which would be shot over the course of twenty years. Principal photography of the first section of the film has already been completed. Feldstein is set to star alongside Ben Platt and Blake Jenner.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Feldstein is openly lesbian, and has been in a relationship with English producer Bonnie Chance Roberts since 2018.[17][18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Nora
2017 The Female Brain Abby
Lady Bird Julianne "Julie" Steffans
2019 Booksmart Molly Davidson
How to Build a Girl Johanna Morrigan
2020 Ben Platt: Live from Radio City Music Hall Herself Cameo appearance
TBA The Humans In post-production
Merrily We Roll Along Mary Flynn Will be filmed over 20 years

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 My Wife and Kids Beanie Episode: "Crouching Mother, Hidden Father"
2012 Madison High Marty Unsold television pilot
2015 Orange Is the New Black 2004 Party Girl Episode: "Where My Dreidel At"
Fan Girl Anna Television film
The Devil You Know Lydia Harris Episode: "Pilot"
2017 Will & Grace Stella Episode: "Who's Your Daddy", uncredited
2019 What We Do in the Shadows Jenna Recurring role; 4 episodes
2020 The Simpsons Celebrity Executive Assistant Therapist (voice) Episode: "Frinkcoin"
Grey's Anatomy Tess Anderson Episode: "Snowblind"
TBA American Crime Story: Impeachment Monica Lewinsky Main role

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Role Ref.
2018 "Girls Like You" (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions) Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B Herself (cameo) [19][20][21]

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Venue Notes
2017 Hello, Dolly! Minnie Fay Shubert Theatre Broadway
April 20, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2018 Gold Derby Awards Best Ensemble Cast Lady Bird Nominated
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2020 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Booksmart Nominated
2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elizabeth Greer Feldstein". Familysearch.org.
  2. ^ "Golden Globes 2020: The Complete Nominations List". Variety. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  3. ^ Sharon CHALKIN, b: Private. Levinsongenealogy.org. Retrieved on November 15, 2011.
  4. ^ Social Announcements – Weddings Engagements Births – Article – NYTimes.com. Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved on November 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Brevet, Brad. (June 2, 2010) Interview: Jonah Hill Talks Music and Movies Promoting 'Get Him to the Greek'. Rope of Silicon. Retrieved on November 15, 2011.
  6. ^ Aniftos, Rania (April 17, 2019). "Beanie Feldstein Opens Up in Heartfelt Essay About the Death of Her Brother, Music Manager Jordan Feldstein". Billboard. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  7. ^ Torok, Ryan (January 3, 2018). "Hello, Beanie: Feldstein Having a Moment With 'Dolly' and 'Lady Bird'". Jewish Journal. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Lenker, Maureen Lee (January 26, 2018). "Lady Bird's Beanie Feldstein on her great audition and 'relentless weeps' after watching the movie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e Sneider, Jeff (August 7, 2015). "Jonah Hill's Sister Beanie Feldstein Joins Seth Rogen, Zac Efron in 'Neighbors 2'". thewrap.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  10. ^ Duboff, Josh. "Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein, the High-School "Soul Mates" Who Made It to Broadway Together". VanityFair.com. Vanity Fair. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  11. ^ Schaefer, Kayleen (May 20, 2019). "Meet Booksmart's Beanie Feldstein, Jonah Hill's Brilliantly Funny Sister". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  12. ^ Brill, Rebecca (April 30, 2015). "WesCeleb: Beanie Feldstein '15". wesleyanargus.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Ford, Rebecca (August 7, 2015). "'Neighbors 2' Adds 'Dope' and 'Fan Girl' Actresses (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (March 13, 2015). "HBO Pilot 'The Devil You Know': Ever Carradine & Damien Molony Among Additions". deadline.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  15. ^ Otterson, Joe (Aug 6, 2019). "'American Crime Story' Season 3 to Tackle Clinton Impeachment With Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky". Retrieved Sep 3, 2019.
  16. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2019-08-30). "Richard Linklater To Shoot Stephen Sondheim Musical 'Merrily We Roll Along' Over 20 Years For Blumhouse". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  17. ^ "Feldstein has a girlfriend, Bonnie Chance Roberts". Revelist.com. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  18. ^ "Beanie Feldstein Says Being Queer Is 'Just Part of Who I Am': 'It's Not My Defining Feature'". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  19. ^ Amatulli, Jenna. "Maroon 5, Cardi B's 'Girls Like You' Video Is a Star-Studded Dance Party". HuffPost. Archived from the original on May 31, 2018. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  20. ^ Glicksman, Josh (October 16, 2018). "Maroon 5 Releases New Version of 'Girls Like You' Music Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  21. ^ "Maroon 5 – Girls Like You (Vertical Video) featuring Cardi B". Spotify.

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