Dylan Penn‘s fifth-grade classmates had their own throughs about Penn’s mom, Robin Wright.
Wright a.k.a Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride made quite the impression on her daughter’s class — and Penn is finally sharing how it all went down.
The now 30-year-old — who is starring in a movie alongside dad, Sean Penn, in the drama, Flag Day — recalls watching mom Wright in a movie at school when she was just a kid.
“The teacher put on a movie for the class to watch, and it was The Princess Bride,” Dylan shares with PEOPLE, referring to the 1987 fantasy-romance epic starring Wright, now 55, and Cary Elwes.
According to Penn, “All the boys in my class starting talking about how pretty my mom was!”
Wright’s role as Princess Buttercup would put her on the map after starring as Kelly Capwell on the soap opera Santa Barbara.
This past September, the actress joined several of her Princess Bride castmates (including Elwes, 58, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn and Christopher Guest) for a virtual table read of the iconic film.
Moderated by Patton Oswalt, the event also included director Rob Reiner, as well as guest stars Finn Wolfhard, Josh Gad and Whoopi Goldberg, who stepped in for actors who were not available.
And when it comes to Dylan’s role in Flag Day (which is based on a true story and debuted at Cannes this year) Dylan plays the character, Jennifer Vogel. Jennifer is the daughter of Sean’s John Vogel, a man who raised her in a fantastical world but has a con-artist past that Jennifer is forced to come to grips with as an adult.
Wright, who was married to Sean from 1996 to 2010 and with whom she also shares son Hopper Penn, is a big part of why Dylan agreed to star in Flag Day, which also features an appearance from Hopper, 27.
“She very simply said, ‘I’ve never worked with a better director than your dad. It was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had as an actor,’ ” Dylan said of Wright, whom Sean directed in 2001’s The Pledge. “So I trusted that.”
You can watch Flag Day in theaters on Aug. 20.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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