All eyes are on Beanie Feldstein as she covers Fashion magazine’s September issue.
The “Booksmart” star is opening up about landing another lead role, overcoming the death of her older brother, and how she’s learned to embrace happiness.
But first, the 26-year-old actress had to address her love of llamas.
“From what I read when I was 11, you have to have at least two llamas,” she tells the magazine.
“I loved llamas growing up,” says Feldstein. “My second screen name ever, my second email, was pinkllamas12.”
Beanie, who’s breakout role was in “Neighbors 2”, will be back on the big screen in “How to Build a Girl”, based on the novel by Caitlin Moran.
Feldstein plays 16-year-old Johanna, who grows up in a low class family in the small British town of Wolverhampton but lands a job in a male dominated industry as a music critic.
“It’s an amazing journey of a girl who’s just figuring herself out,” she tells Fashion.
Feldstein admits Johanna is everything she wants to be as a woman and was surprised she landed the role.
“I just couldn’t believe that they chose a Jewish girl from Los Angeles. And I think in my core they saw something in me that Johanna has, which is like eternal optimism.”
In the interview, the actress also opens up about the unbearable grief she’s gone through.
Although Feldstein admits she was raised by a well-off family in Los Angeles and is the younger sister to megastar Jonah Hill, she gets candid about the death of her oldest brother Jordan who died from a blood clot in 2017 at the age of 40.
She reveals it can be hard at times but says, “it doesn’t linger in me. I mean, my tragedy lingers in me everyday. My grief is something that I am alongside every single day. But it doesn’t present itself as depression or sadness.”
She explains to Fashion that her perspective on pain and loss has allowed her to find happiness: “I was really struck, because I have no words for how much I miss my bother, but I think that I am just built happy.”