Brit Marling

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Brit Marling
Brit Marling TIFF 2014.jpg
Born Brit Heyworth Marling
(1983-08-07) August 7, 1983 (age 31)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actress, screenwriter, film producer
Years active 2011–present
Known for Another Earth, The East

Brit Heyworth Marling (born August 7, 1983)[1] is an American actress, screenwriter and film producer. After majoring in economics at Georgetown University, Marling moved to Los Angeles with friends Mike Cahill and Zal Batmanglij to pursue screenplay writing and acting.[2] She first gained recognition in 2004 with the documentary Boxers and Ballerinas and later became a Sundance star with Searchlight movies Sound of My Voice (2011), Another Earth (2011) and The East (2013) which she co-wrote in addition to playing the lead role.

Life and career[edit]

Marling was born in Chicago, Illinois.[3] She was named "Brit" after her Norwegian maternal great-grandmother.[4] She graduated from Georgetown University in 2005 with degrees in economics and studio art, and was her class Valedictorian.[5][6]

Following graduation from Georgetown, where she met friends and future directors Mike Cahill and Zal Batmanglij,[7] Marling spent a summer interning for the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. She realized the lack of meaning a life spent there would have[7] and later turned down a job offer from the firm, opting instead to move to Cuba with Mike Cahill to film the documentary Boxers and Ballerinas.[1] Marling was discovered by talent agent Hylda Queally.[8] The Cahill documentary gained Marling recognition in 2004, having co-written the film with Mike Cahill and Nicholas Shumaker and co-directed with Cahill.[9]

In the summer of 2009 she joined a group of freegans with friend Zal Batmanglij, living in tents and retrieving food from dumpsters,[10] to explore how other young people were constructing a meaningful life.[11]

Marling co-wrote, co-produced, and acted in the 2011 films Sound of My Voice and Another Earth, directed by Batmanglij and Cahill respectively. Both of these films were featured at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, with Another Earth winning the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for outstanding film with science, technology or math as a major theme.[12] In 2012, she played Richard Gere's daughter in Arbitrage.

In 2013, she collaborated with Searchlight once again on her lead role in The East alongside Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgård. Directed by Zal Batmanglij and co-written by Marling and Batmanglij, The East is based on the duo's experience as freegans and their concern with the side effects of drugs.[10]

Despite her many roles in films she has co-written, Marling stated she "get[s] a lot more pleasure in acting in other people’s stories"[10] since "one of the great pleasures of acting is surrendering to someone else's point of view of the world."[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Recordist Charlie Hall Zal Batmanglij's AFI thesis short film[11]
2009 Political Disasters Brit Short
2011 Another Earth Rhoda Williams Also Co-Writer/Producer
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Sitges Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated— Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Writing
Sound of My Voice Maggie Also Co-Writer/Producer
Nominated—Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Community Page TV Series; Episode: "Early 21st Century Romanticism"
2012 Arbitrage Brooke Miller
2013 The East Sarah Moss / Jane Owen Also Co-Writer/Producer
The Company You Keep Rebecca Osborne
2014 The Better Angels Nancy Lincoln[14] Premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival
I Origins Karen Premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival
Babylon Liz Garvey TV Movie,[15] pilot of a six-part TV series to be produced in spring 2014[16]
Posthumous McKenzie Grain Post-production
The Keeping Room Post-production


  1. ^ a b "How to Succeed in Hollywood Despite Being Really Beautiful". New York Times. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ The East: from Goldman Sachs to freeganism, Brit Marling is a Hollywood conundrum, The Guardian
  3. ^ "‘Another Earth’s’ Brit Marling does stardom her way", 22 July 2011
  4. ^ "Brit Marling Exclusive Interview - Another Earth". 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  5. ^ The otherwordly Brit Marling, Interview Magazine, 6 July 2011
  6. ^ Alums Win Prizes at Sundance Film Festival, Georgetown Voice blog
  7. ^ a b "Brit Marling on Writing, Anarchists, and the Need to Get Her Heart Broken". TIME. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Hylda Queally". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Boxers and Ballerinas (2004). Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c "‘The East’ Intersects Anarchy Collectives With Corporate CEOs". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Director Zal Batmanglij Talks Making 'The East,' Harnessing The Power Of Young Filmmakers & Creating An Anarchist Collective". Indiewire. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize Awarded to Mike Cahill's Another Earth at 2011 Sundance Film Festival",, 28 January 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  13. ^ "Q&A: Brit Marling, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, and Director Zal Batmanglij on Sound of My Voice". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Movies. "Wes Bentley and Brit Marling Join 'The Green Blade Rises' | The Wrap Movies". Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  15. ^ "Babylon on IMDb". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "‘Babylon’ TV Trailer: Danny Boyle Teams With the ‘Peep Show’ Guys for a Cop Comedy". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 

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