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May 24, 2016 10:30 PM

Rebecca Hall is one of the lucky Hollywood stars to get “the call.”

“A lot of actors make this joke of like, ‘Hold on a minute, Steven Spielberg‘s on the telephone,’ ” The BFG star recently told PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly at the Cannes Film Festival of working with the film’s famed director.

She added, “I mean, he’s sort of iconically Mr. Movies. So when you get to be in a Steven Spielberg film, you really feel like you’ve done something. You’ve been part of real Hollywood, I suppose.”

Rebecca Hall

In addition to being a Spielberg enthusiast (“I love his films, I think he has so much heart”), Hall is also a devotee of the children’s tale’s author, Roald Dahl.

“Huge Roald Dahl fan,” Hall, 34, shared. “I was really excited before I even read the script.”

The BFG will hit theaters July 1.

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