From the get-go, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever knew they had something special on their hands with “Booksmart.” Director Olivia Wilde’s coming-of-age story about a modern high school friendship has not only received critical acclaim but has also resonated with many who saw pieces of themselves in Feldstein’s Molly and Dever’s Amy.

“It immediately stood out to me because of the love between Molly and Amy,” Dever, 22, said. “I’d never read anything like it. And then the fact that they’re two funny women and they’re funny because of their intelligence. It was really refreshing to get a script like that.”

“It was just so clear, reading it, that this was something you’d never seen before,” Feldstein, 26, added.

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