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 33)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
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. Notable work with Baumbach includes Greenberg in 2010, Frances Ha in 2012 (Golden Globe nomination), and Mistress America in 2015. She starred in Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress in 2011, and in Woody Allen's To Rome with Love in 2012. She played the title role in the 2015 drama Maggie's Plan, and had supporting roles in the 2016 films Jackie and 20th Century Women.

Early life[edit]

A native of Sacramento, California, Greta Gerwig is the daughter of Christine (née Sauer), a nurse, and Gordon Gerwig, a financial consultant and computer programmer. She has a younger brother.[3][4][5] She has German, Irish, and English ancestry.[4] Gerwig was raised as a Unitarian Universalist,[6] and also attended an all-girls Catholic school. She has described herself as "an intense child".[7][8] 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.[8][9] Outside of class, she performed in the Columbia Varsity Show alongside Kate McKinnon.[10]


Gerwig originally intended to become a playwright, but 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. Mainstream success remained elusive. "I was really depressed. I was 25 [in 2008] 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," she said.[8] She made her first talk show appearance in 2010 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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.[8]

Gerwig worked with her boyfriend Noah Baumbach on his film Greenberg in 2010. 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."[11]

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.[12] Gerwig and Baumbach 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.[13] 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.[14] 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 Penelope Skinner's The Village Bike at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York. The show ran through June.[15] For her performance, she was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress.[16] 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.[17][18]

Greta Gerwig's next starred role in Rebecca Miller's Maggie's Plan was first showcased in the official selection of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival,[19] opening to very positive reviews.[20][21][22] The film was also screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. In 2016, Gerwig guest starred in an episode of The Mindy Project.[23] That same year, Gerwig starred in 20th Century Women, directed by Mike Mills,[24] and Jackie directed by Pablo Larraín.[25]

In 2017, Gerwig would make her solo directorial debut (she previously co-directed Nights and Weekends with Joe Swanberg) with Lady Bird, which she also wrote.[26] The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Tracy Letts, Laurie Metcalf and John Karna.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Gerwig has been dating writer-director Noah Baumbach since late 2011.[28][29]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 LOL Greta
2007 Hannah Takes the Stairs Hannah Also co-writer
2008 Baghead Michelle
2008 Yeast Gen
2008 Nights and Weekends Mattie Also co-writer and co-director
2008 Quick Feet, Soft Hands Lisa Short film
2008 I Thought You Finally Completely Lost It Greta
2009 You Wont Miss Me
2009 The House of the Devil Megan
2009 Family Tree Short film
2010 Greenberg Florence Marr
2010 Art House Nora Ohr
2010 Northern Comfort Cassandra Also co-writer
2010 The Dish & the Spoon Rose
2011 No Strings Attached Patrice
2011 Damsels in Distress Violet Wister
2011 Arthur Naomi Quinn
2012 To Rome with Love Sally
2012 Lola Versus Lola
2013 Frances Ha Frances Halladay Also co-writer
2014 Eden Julia
2014 The Humbling Pegeen Mike Stapleford
2015 Mistress America Brooke Cardinas Also co-writer
2015 Maggie's Plan Maggie Harden
2016 Wiener-Dog Dawn Wiener
2016 Jackie Nancy Tuckerman
2016 20th Century Women Abbie
2017 Lady Bird Writer and director; In post-production
2018 Isle of Dogs (voice) Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2011–2015 China, IL Pony Merks (voice) 21 episodes
2014 How I Met Your Dad Sally Unsold CBS pilot
2015 Portlandia Mermaid Episode: "Doug Becomes a Feminist"
2016 The Mindy Project Sarah 2 episodes


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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. ^ Greta Gerwig Toronto Interview accessed 10/26/2016
  4. ^ a b Gilbey, Ryan (June 6, 2010). "Greta Gerwig – great expectations". The Sunday Times. [dead link]
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (August 15, 2013). "Greta Gerwig, UU film star". UU World. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ a b c d Brockes, Emma (July 13, 2013). "Greta Gerwig: daydream believer". The Guardian. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hannah Takes The Stairs". Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Varsity Show Endears and Endures | Columbia College Today". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  11. ^ Scott, A. O. (March 24, 2010). "No Method To Her Method". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Award Winners - Athena Film Festival". Official Website of Athena Film Festival. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Berlinale 2014: International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  14. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Greta Gerwig To Topline CBS' 'How I Met Your Mother' Spinoff - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Village Bike - Off-Broadway Tickets - Broadway -". Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ "The Village Bike - Lortel Archives". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  17. ^ "Mistress America". August 14, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Mistress America". Metacritic. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program'". Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  20. ^ Harvey, Dennis. "Sundance Film Review: 'Maggie's Plan'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  21. ^ Lawson, Richard. "Julianne Moore Shows Off Her Delightful Comedy Chops in Maggie's Plan". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  22. ^ Smith, Nigel M. (2015-09-13). "Maggie's Plan review: Julianne Moore steals agreeably messy comedy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  23. ^ Bacle, Ariana (March 18, 2016). "Greta Gerwig to guest-star on The Mindy Project". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  24. ^ McNary, Dave (May 14, 2015). "Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning Join '20th Century Women'". Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  25. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 30, 2015). "Greta Gerwig Joins Natalie Portman in 'Jackie' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  26. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "Greta Gerwig To Direct Her Script 'Lady Bird' For IAC Films". Deadline. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  27. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 7, 2016). "John Karna Joins 'Lady Bird' Bevy; Natasha Liu Bordizzo Checks Into 'Hotel Mumbai'". Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  28. ^ Olsen, Mark (September 7, 2012). "'Frances Ha' bonds Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  29. ^ Parker, Ian (April 29, 2013). "Happiness". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 

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