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Billie Lourd, Kaitlyn Dever Rave Over Olivia Wilde’s Directing on ‘Booksmart’: ‘She’s a Genius’ (Exclusive)

The dream boss? That’s what it sounds like for the cast of Booksmart! Billie Lourd and Kaitlyn Dever couldn’t say enough nice things about Olivia Wilde, who made her directing debut in the upcoming comedy.

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“I can’t say enough positive adjectives about that woman. It was honestly a dream,” Lourd, 26, told Us Weekly exclusively at the film’s Los Angeles premiere on Monday, May 13. “She is not only a stunning creature, she is one of the most brilliant, humble, kind, fun humans I’ve ever been around in my life.“

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Olivia Wilde, Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein attend the LA special screening of Annapurna Pictures’ “Booksmart” at Ace Hotel on May 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Dever, who leads the film as the studious Amy, echoed Lourd’s sentiments.

“She had music playing all the time. She was feeding us snacks. She was keeping everyone happy and everyone loved each other so dearly. No one was competing with each other. Everyone was on the same level,” the Justified alum, 22, told Us. “I mean it really was like one of the most inclusive sets I’ve been on and that’s because of her and her spirit. She’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met. She really is like an alien. She’s an angel sent from above.”

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As for the snacks — “my body was about 50 percent Goldfish by the end of the shoot,” Dever said — that was only one way Wilde, 35, made the cast feel special.

“She’s been able to pull bad experiences and good experiences and go, ‘OK, what is the movie that I want to make?’ And she led the charge and created this baby, Booksmart, into this movie that is now so well received and so loved by so many people. She’s a genius.”

Kaitlyn Dever stars as Amy and Beanie Feldstein as Molly in Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart Courtesy of Francois Duhamel / Annapurna Pictures

Wilde shot the film in 26 days, something she credits to the incredible actors.

“The whole cast was so delightful and smart and talented, hardworking,” the House alum told Us. “There was no time to mess around and they were so dedicated. We did four weeks of night shoots. Everybody is so energetic. This was just not an easy film to pull off, and yet, it was a lot of fun because everyone brought the thunder every single day. I had the best time of my life.”

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Booksmart hits theaters Friday, May 24.

With reporting by Nicole Pajer

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