Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, was a smash-hit with fans and critics. But there’s more to her first film than meets the eye.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 35-year-old actress-turned-director revealed the film is laden with hidden meanings, tributes and Easter eggs. Wilde’s favorite homage, however, is one she specifically placed in the film for her 2-year-old daughter, Daisy, whom she shares with fiancé Jason Sudeikis.
The Daisy tribute occurs about halfway through the movie, when Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) are stranded in a pizza place parking lot waiting for their teacher, Miss Fine (Jessica Williams). Wilde explained that the scene is not only a salute to the Clueless scene when Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is left alone in a gas station parking lot after a party, but it’s also a little shout-out to her daughter. You see, right next to the pizza restaurant, there’s a nail salon called Daisy’s Nails. Wilde explained it “is a little nod to my daughter Daisy.”
Additionally, the Life Itself star explained that Amy and Molly “have a lot of posters and language that was all very purposeful,” in their rooms. She added, “There are a lot of tiny Easter eggs.”