Sets are professional; party scenes aren't like real parties, of course. But what is it like making a movie, especially this movie, with people who are your actual friends?
Feldstein: It was amazing, especially because we were shooting mostly at night.
Gordon: We were all odd versions of ourselves. We all felt drunk.
Galvin: We were all punchy and a little delirious.
Feldstein: It ended up like the three of us in a nap puddle on the floor.
Galvin: But the whole cast, too. Beanie and Kaitlyn lived with each other because they wanted to get as close as possible. You're playing best friends, you know?
Feldstein: So we lived together, and I think it was so important. It was actually advice from my brother, [Jonah Hill]. Olivia and Kaitlyn and I had thought about it, and then were like, we should do it. I told my brother about it and he was like, "That's the best idea you could do." He was like, "Michael Cera and I, when we were doing Superbad, spent every minute together for two months leading up to it." Kaitlyn and I had already decided to it, so we were so excited. It was so wonderful. As we got to meet everyone, it was -- first of all, heaven because these two were there -- it was really easy. It was so nice because we were there all night for weeks. It was genuinely a group of people, which I think you can feel in the film, that love each other. The energy feeds off of one another between every pairing, between every group that you encounter in the film.
Galvin: Our little warm bubble of a threesome sort of emanated.
Gordon: Totally, because it's nervewracking to have to create relationships so fast in this job because sometimes you meet people and they are like, "You're dating." And already having people that I feel the safest with, and just getting to see my best friends work, and see other people fall in love with them... that was such a magical part of it too.
Beanie, you mentioned Superbad. This truly feels like a raunchy female-focused heir to that without being the same movie. How do you feel about that?
Feldstein: First of all, what a compliment because that film was so brilliant. That film is so ingrained in our mind, our cultural consciousness, so the fact that we are being compared to it is such an honor. But also, I personally think, as great as the jokes are in Superbad, the reason that film is so special is because of that "boop" moment. They are showing the love between those two boys and that makes the jokes even funnier -- because you have this genuine love at the center. If anything, that's what our movie is trying to live up to and expand upon because I think a female friendship is totally different. If there's anything that we owe to Superbad it's the celebration of the love between Amy and Molly within a comedy. And I guess the Feldsteins, we love friends. We love our friends, so the fact that we both did films about friendship and love doing that I think just speaks to... My brother has his own group of really tight knit best friends that he loves. It makes sense that we would love those type of movies and want to be a part of them.
You've all done a bunch of coming-of-age stories, but what touchstones were you looking at and what were you looking for that this movie fulfilled?
Feldstein: Olivia screened Fast Times at Ridgemont High for us.
Gordon: What I received and was so excited by was that Noah and I specifically are playing very kooky characters, but they have such a grounded realism in them and they aren't put in this box. So many movies about high school are like, "this is the smart girl, and this is the popular girl, and this is the slutty girl, and this is the theater kid," but this movie lets everyone be so many different things. That's what I was so excited by. That's what I was looking for and wanted to see more [of] when I was growing up.
Galvin: It allows space for these archetypes to live and breathe and be real people.
Feldstein: Noah plays a theater geek, that could be considered a stereotype. Molly plays the mean girl, the hot girl, and then I play the smart nerdy girl, but each one of us has a pair. Kaitlyn is also smart and nerdy, so the fact that you have two of those people of the same type completely breaks that concept wide open. Austin is Noah's pair and then Diana Silvers, who plays Hope, is also the mean hot girl. I think the fact that there's two of everyone just shows you that that category ceases to exist. Me and Kaitlyn are nothing alike, you and Austin are nothing alike, and you and Diana are nothing alike, so that is completely kind of turned on its head, which I think is the brilliance of the movie.
Gordon: And Beanie's character specifically -- having a girl who is so fucking smart and so intense, but also masturbates. Normally that character would be like, "But I've never touched myself." She is a real fucking woman, but she also is smart. Both you and Kaitlyn's characters, having leads that are so real was so exciting to me.