There's a lot of uncut stuff in there! [Laughs]. Then cut to 2014: Susanna Fogel did a pass on it and she made a lot of changes that updated it to where the world was in 2014—obviously a massive shift from 2009. The two academic try-hards are determined to cram four years of fun into one night. “I got in there … terrible. But specifically the scenes where it's more than just the two of them, I was daunted by the intensity in which she approaches things, and intimidated by her intellect and her stubbornness, which could be perceived as "not likable," or prickly. On the eve of Booksmart's premiere, BAZAAR.com sits down with Wilde, Feldstein, Dever, Galvin, and Lourd for a discussion about patriarchy, porn, and the problem of likability. I mean, we can't assume that they're never looking at it, and we can't assume that looking at it is immediately a negative thing. It was the best experience of my career,” Lourd told Us Weekly exclusively at the Casting Society of America’s Artios Awards in Beverly Hills on Thursday, January 30. Lourd stars as Gigi in the Olivia Wilde-directed comedy about two best friends (played by Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever) who go all out the night before their high school graduation to make up for all the parties they missed out on while focusing on school. Living with this film for so long, and thinking that it's so much about women, I'm so moved by the fact that men are really connecting to it. “I couldn’t decide if I wanted my jacket on or off and messed up and kept being, like, ‘I got this, I got this, I got this’ – I did not have it. Olivia Wilde: We've seen plenty of those films where the gimmick is the fact women are talking like dudes. Then once Olivia told me Beanie was going to be a part of it, I just knew it was going to be a dream come true because I was such a big fan of hers. Kaitlyn Dever: It's for young women who were never given the opportunity to be funny, smart, and intelligent at the same time. Yet at that point, it still didn't make it all the way to production, and I would again argue that's because something about the thirst in the world for this specific story wasn't yet at the place where it needed to be. This is an example of the opposite. We never were under any pressure to sexualize the film, that never came up; I mean I've heard of horror stories of studios telling directors, "Where's our sex scene?". Get push notifications with news, features and more. Beanie Feldstein: Or considered funny. It's very different when she's alone with Amy and she can be loose and funny and silly. She would get in there with us. I mean, I dealt with a lot of the Gigi reputation. In 2016 I pitched on it, fresh off the election and furious as hell about the world, and about the inability for people to allow women to be smart and likable. Olivia Wilde: It was the chemical reaction of everything coming together at one point, and that feels like real good fortune. She's presented as this awful, rich, disaffected a-hole, for lack of a better word. Yeah, I still went to Coachella. Despite scoring some of the best reviews of the year, a Writers Guild of America nod for Best Original Screenplay and a Golden Globe nomination for Feldstein, 26, Booksmart was snubbed from the 2020 Oscars completely. Billie Lourd attends the 35th Annual CSA Artios Awards on January 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services. [Laughs]. I wasn't afraid of something bad happening to me; I was aware that I would be judged, and I carried that. They were laughing more than my girlfriends. Part of the A360 Media Entertainment Group.Powered by WordPress.com VIP, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window). And it's like, wait, we should all just be telling good stories. What I love so much about Booksmart is that every woman who contributed to it up until Katie Silberman, helped [her] strike a nerve even deeper. I was like, "Beanie will play Molly, she will play Molly.". She's there to just be Gigi. I didn’t know what I was doing,” Lourd joked about her first read-through in front of casting director Allison Jones. Noah Galvin: Were you actually watching porn? It's like “Go get her! The media doesn't have enough stories of that deep friendship for young women to contextualize their own. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io, Solange on the Year That Changed Everything, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on What's Next, 'Back Issue' Revisits Black Culture's Best Moments. But there was something about it that made people say, Yes, we want a female friendship story! “I’ve never felt so insane and so happy in my life. It's rare that we get authentic relationships portrayed on film. Noah Galvin: What was the actual audio called? So it was about how to create something that was at once mortifying without placing any sort of negative judgment on the activity itself. [Laughs] We've been talking a lot about how we didn't just put male jokes in women's mouths. But yeah, I liked to go out and would immediately be labeled as rebel party girl, a wild animal. The American Horror Story actress, 27, gushed over working alongside Olivia Wilde, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever in the outrageous coming of age movie. Olivia is just… I can’t fit enough positive adjectives in my mouth about that woman. Billie Lourd had the time of her life on Olivia Wilde's Booksmart By Ale Russian May 30, 2019 04:21 PM And it goes to show that if it's good, nobody really gives a shit what it's about. Beanie Feldstein: Molly and Amy's friendship is the heartbeat of the film. And I waited, I really did. It was like layering the foundation. She just made us all feel crazily comfortable. I'm so happy for you! It was an absolute dream,” Lourd, 26, tells PEOPLE. “I was obsessed with grades, really tried hard. I think a lot about how people talk about female directors. Every product on this page was chosen by a Harper's BAZAAR editor. But working with Olivia is just tip top.”. It's just so deeply special. Beanie Feldstein: We shot it in the studio, so this poor grip had to make the car move. Olivia Wilde: In my experience, the fear of going out and having fun, and having the chance to kind of be bad, was so connected to judgment. Beanie Feldstein: And filming it was insane. It is very specifically women talking about porn. Thanks to Wilde, they're able to do so free of stereotypes. Olivia Fleming is the former Features Director at HarpersBAZAAR.com. RELATED: Olivia Wilde Says Directing Booksmart Was Her First Job ‘Not Entirely Dependent Upon My Looks’, “And behind that, I was a crazy overachiever kinda like Molly and Amy,” Lourd continues, referencing the main characters of the movie. Just her intensity and her energy that she approaches a school environment with. Every stage of development was necessary for it to get to this place. The movie is all about layers, and it's all about how multi-dimensional we are. While Gigi is certainly a heightened version of an oddball party girl, Lourd says she relates to a lot of her traits when it comes down to who she is as a person. And then by the end of the film, you realize there's reason she's like that. And this film does it beautifully. I love Booksmart so much because you see how loving and loyal she is beneath all of that intensity. The story of Molly, played by Beanie Feldstein, and her best friend Amy, played by Kaitlyn Dever, is a rare coming-of-age romp that rejects the notion that romantic conquests are central to high school stories. They're looking at a blank screen. In 2014, it just hadn't clicked into gear, so it went back into the files. It's actually funnier; the way they are analyzing it and then despite themselves, getting a little bit sucked into it in a way that's not placing any judgment on them or on the porn itself. But it was our writer-producer Katie Silberman re-imagining of the script, and her complete openness to some of my truly weird ideas that she rolled with, that it became real. Olivia Wilde Opens Up About Those Fabulous '70s Costumes in 'Vinyl'. You can be both things. We're sitting in this moving car with Jason [Sudeikis] and I just couldn't look him in the eye. Many fans and critics believe Lourd, who plays an eccentric and affluent high school drama queen named Gigi, should have had the Best Supporting Actress category locked down. Billie Lourd: In my first meeting with Olivia, she said this movie isn't being made without Beanie. [Laughs]. '”, Born into a family of fiery female stars, Lourd is working hard to keep the spirits of her mother, Carrie Fisher, and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, alive after both of their deaths in December 2016. — Olivia Wilde. Before Booksmart, I thought all great movies were a one-person operation. Molly and Amy's friendship may be the heartbeat of the film, but its energetic and hilarious ensemble—including Noah Galvin as openly-gay theater director George, and Billie Lourd's mysterious wild child Gigi—overhauls decades of teen film tropes with nuance and wacky charm. In this movie, only one of them is going after a guy, and it's like the fifth thing of importance on her list. Text us for exclusive photos and videos, royal news, and way more. Billie Lourd had the time of her life on Olivia Wilde's Booksmart. Billie Lourd Wishes She’d Had a Movie Like Booksmart When She Was in High School She opens up about the inspiration behind her wacky character, Gigi, and more. But for whatever reason—and I would argue maybe society as a whole wasn't super eager for a female friendship story about two smart girls in 2009—it never made it to production. We can all fill in the porn for ourselves." “That’s why I like to do those kind of songs, because my mom loved music and doing something to honor her like that makes me less sad.”. That's a big thing. It's like, "Well, she's not very fun." If she had an idea, she would get in there and jump around and scream with me.”. Here's a porn track." It's just about telling stories that are representative and authentic. Olivia Wilde: I think maybe the message is, absolutely give yourself the freedom to go out and have fun, and just don't give a fuck. It transcends gender. I just want to call her and tell her how much I love her. I think when Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins wrote the original in 2009, it struck a nerve—enough that it was on The Black List. Like to a scary point. Noah Glavin: At the helm of it, Katie and Olivia's relationship was just sparkling and lovely and we all wanted to just match their love for each other.