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Actress Greta Gerwig is a rising film star with roles in such films as Damsels in Distress (2011), To Rome With Love (2012) and Frances Ha (2013).
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Born in 1983 in Sacramento, California, actress Greta Gerwig started performing at a young age. She landed a string of roles in small films after graduating from Barnard College, including Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007). She earned wider acclaim with the comedy Goldberg (2010). Since then, Gerwig has starred in Damsels in Distress (2011) and Frances Ha (2013).
"I'm not, nor have I ever been, cool. That idea is out there because I've done so many indie films. But I'm much more of a musical-theater kid—I know every word to 'Starlight Express' and 'Cats.'"
Actress Greta Celeste Gerwig was born on August 4, 1983, in Sacramento, California. She is known for such films as Greenberg (2010), Damsels in Distress (2012) and Frances Ha (2013). She developed an interest in performing at a young age. The youngest of three children, Gerwig started out with dance lessons and then moved on to acting.
During high school, Gerwig performed in numerous plays. She moved east after graduation to attend Barnard College. There she explored her passions for acting and playwriting. Gerwig moved to film soon after completing her studies. In 2006, she had a part in LOL, Joe Swanberg's low budget look at relationships and technology.
Gerwig then played the title character in Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007), which she co-wrote with Swanberg and several other cast members. With this romantic drama and Nights and Weekends (2008), she quickly established herself as the queen of the “mumblecore” genre. Mumblecore films are known for their use of handheld digital cameras, contemporary dialogue style and focus on the young adult experience. As she explained to Entertainment Weekly, "At art-house movie theaters, I'm like Julia Roberts, but not outside of there."
It wasn't long before Hollywood noticed Gerwig's seemingly effortless and natural acting abilities. Director Noah Baumbach spotted her in Hannah Takes the Stairs and hired her for his film Greenberg (2010). In this movie, Ben Stiller stars as Roger Greenberg, a down-on-his-luck musician who agrees to house-sit for his successful brother. Gerwig plays Florence Marr, the brother's assistant who forms a bond with Stiller's troubled character. She received a number of glowing reviews for her work in the film.
Moving on to more mainstream work, Gerwig had a supporting role in the 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. She also appeared in the 2011 remake of the classic comedy Arthur, featuring Russell Brand as the title character. That same year, Gerwig starred in Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress.
It wasn’t long before Gerwig had a chance to work with one of her cinematic idols, Woody Allen. She had a small part in his 2012 film To Rome with Love. Around this time, Gerwig starred in Lola Versus, a comedy about one woman confronting turning 30. She also took on her most ambitious project to date in 2013, working with Noah Baumbach on Frances Ha. Gerwig and Baumbach wrote the script for the film, which follows the struggles of Frances, a 20-something trying to find her way in the world. For her performance, Gerwig was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best actress in a comedy or musical.
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