Greta Gerwig

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Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig at TIFF 2014.jpg
Born Greta Celeste Gerwig
(1983-08-04) August 4, 1983 (age 32)
Sacramento, California, United States
Occupation Actress, playwright, director, screenwriter
Years active 2006–present

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.[1][2] 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.

Early life[edit]

A native of Sacramento, California, Gerwig is the daughter of Christine (née Sauer), a nurse, and Gordon Gerwig, a financial consultant and computer programmer.[3][4] She has German, Irish, and English ancestry.[3] Gerwig was raised as a Unitarian Universalist,[5] but also attended an all-girls Catholic school. She has described herself as "an intense child".[6][7] With an early interest in dance, she intended to do a degree in musical theatre in New York. She graduated from Barnard College,[1] where she studied English and philosophy instead.[7][8]


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."[9] 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'.[7] 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.[10]

Gerwig at the premiere of No Strings Attached, January 11, 2011

Gerwig voices one of the main characters in the Adult Swim cartoon China, IL. In 2011, she was cast as one of the leads in the HBO pilot The Corrections, but the show was not picked up to series.[7]

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 2014 she was selected as a member of the jury for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

Her third on-screen collaboration with Noah Baumbach, Mistress America was released in August 2015 to good reviews. It currently holds a 75 at Metacritic and a 82% at Rotten Tomatoes.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Gerwig has been dating writer-director Noah Baumbach since late 2011.[17][18]


List of acting credits in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2006 LOL Greta
2007 Hannah Takes the Stairs Hannah Also co-writer
2008 Baghead Michelle
Yeast Gen
Nights and Weekends Mattie Also co-writer and co-director
Quick Feet, Soft Hands Lisa Short
I Thought You Finally Completely Lost It Greta
2009 You Wont Miss Me
The House of the Devil Megan
Family Tree Short
2010 Greenberg Florence Marr Nominated – Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Film Artist
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actress
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Art House Nora Ohr
Northern Comfort Cassandra Also co-writer
Best Feature Film Award at Southern New England Indie Film Fest
The Dish & the Spoon Rose
2011 No Strings Attached Patrice
Damsels in Distress Violet Wister Dublin Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated – International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actress[19]
Arthur Naomi Quinn
China, IL Pony
2012 To Rome with Love Sally
Lola Versus Lola
2013 Frances Ha Frances Also co-writer
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress in a Comedy
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actress[20]
Nominated – International Cinephile Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – International Cinephile Society Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated – Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
2014 Eden Julia
The Humbling Pegeen Mike Stapleford
How I Met Your Dad Sally Unsold CBS pilot
2015 Mistress America Brooke Also co-writer
Maggie's Plan Maggie
2016 Wiener-Dog Dawn Wiener
20th Century Women Abbie Filming
2017 Jackie Filming


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  2. ^ "Noah Baumbach Hires Mumblecore's Meryl Streep, Readies Greenberg". New York Observer. February 9, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Gilbey, Ryan (June 6, 2010). "Greta Gerwig – great expectations". The Sunday Times. [dead link]
  4. ^ Adams, Guy (April 16, 2011). "Greta Gerwig: The queen of low-budget cinema is breaking into the mainstream with her role in Arthur". The Independent. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (August 15, 2013). "Greta Gerwig, UU film star". UU World. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Adams, Thelma (June 22, 2012). "‘To Rome With Love’ star Greta Gerwig is wild about Woody Allen — just read her high school yearbook". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d Brockes, Emma (July 13, 2013). "Greta Gerwig: daydream believer". The Guardian. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hannah Takes The Stairs". Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ Scott, A. O. (March 24, 2010). "No Method To Her Method". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Award Winners - Athena Film Festival". Official Website of Athena Film Festival. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Berlinale 2014: International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  12. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Greta Gerwig To Topline CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Village Bike - Off-Broadway Tickets - Broadway -". Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
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  15. ^ Rotten Tomatoes
  16. ^ Metacritic
  17. ^ Olsen, Mark (September 7, 2012). "'Frances Ha' bonds Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  18. ^ Parker, Ian (April 29, 2013). "Happiness". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  19. ^ "The Master, Holy Motors Dominate ICS Award Nominees". January 19, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Blue is the Warmest Color, Inside Llewyn Davis, Her, 12 Years a Slave Top ICS Award Nomineess". January 12, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 

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