Gerwig at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Greta Celeste Gerwig
August 4, 1983
Sacramento, California, United States
|Occupation||Actress, playwright, director, screenwriter|
Greta Celeste Gerwig (born August 4, 1983) is an American actress and filmmaker. Gerwig first came to prominence through her association with the mumblecore film movement. She has collaborated with directors Joe Swanberg and Noah Baumbach on several projects, including the film Nights and Weekends, which she and Swanberg co-wrote, co-directed and in which they co-starred. Notable work with Baumbach includes Greenberg in 2010, Frances Ha in 2012, and Mistress America in 2015. Gerwig made her mainstream debut in 2011, in No Strings Attached. She also co-starred alongside Russell Brand in the remake of Arthur.
A native of Sacramento, California, Gerwig is the daughter of Christine (née Sauer), a nurse, and Gordon Gerwig, a financial consultant and computer programmer. She has German, Irish, and English ancestry. Gerwig was raised as a Unitarian Universalist, but also attended an all-girls Catholic school. She has described herself as "an intense child". With an early interest in dance, she intended to do a degree in musical theatre in New York. She graduated from Barnard College, where she studied English and philosophy instead.
Originally intending to become a playwright, Gerwig was cast in a minor role in Joe Swanberg's LOL in 2006, while still studying at Barnard. She began a partnership with the director and an association with other mumblecore filmmakers. Commenting on her work in Greenberg and other films, New York Times critic A. O. Scott described the actress as an "ambassador of a cinematic style that often seems opposed to the very idea of style." She made her first talk show appearance, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, in 2010. Mainstream success remained elusive "I was really depressed. I was 25 and thinking, 'this is supposed to be the best time and I'm miserable' but it felt like acting was happening for me, and I went back to acting classes'. In 2011, Gerwig received an award for Acting from the Athena Film Festival for her artistry as one of Hollywood's definitive screen actresses of her generation.
Gerwig worked with her boyfriend Noah Baumbach on his film Greenberg in 2010, and they co-wrote Frances Ha, which was theatrically released in May 2013, after being screened on the festival circuit since September 2012. Gerwig's performance was met with widespread critical acclaim, and she received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for her performance, though she lost to Amy Adams for American Hustle.
In February 2014, it was announced that she would lead the spin-off of How I Met Your Mother titled How I Met Your Dad. She would also serve as producer. However, the show was not picked up by the network after the initial pilot was made.
In May 2014, Gerwig made her stage debut, appearing as Becky in Peneolpe Skinner's The Village Bike at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York. The show ran through June.
In August 2015, it was announced that Gerwig would make her solo directorial debut (she previously co-directed Nights and Weekends with Joe Swanberg) with Lady Bird, which she also wrote. Filming is expected to begin in March 2016 in Sacramento, California. The film is produced by IAC Films.
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