Julia Garner

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Julia Garner
Julia Garner February 2009 1 (cropped).jpg
Born Julia Garner
(1994-02-01) February 1, 1994 (age 23)
The Bronx, New York, US
Residence New York City, New York
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2010–present

Julia Garner (born February 1, 1994)[1] is an American actress and model. She has appeared in the films Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and has leading roles in Electrick Children, We Are What We Are and Grandma. She has also appeared in several episodes of the television series The Americans.

Personal life[edit]

Garner was born in the Riverdale neighborhood, in the Bronx, New York.[2] Her mother, Tami Gingold, a therapist, had a successful career in Israel around 30 years ago as a comedian. Her father, Thomas Garner, is a painter and an art teacher, originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio. She has an older sister, Anna (Ani), who is a writer, producer and an artist. Garner is Jewish (her father is Protestant and her mother is Jewish).[1]

Garner resides with her parents in their house in New York City. She considers Italian actress Monica Vitti and especially Bette Davis to be a major influence on her acting style and citing Davis's performance in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?[1]


She started taking acting lessons at the age of 15 to overcome her shyness. She had her theatrical debut at the age of 17 in Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene, playing the role of Sarah.

Paul Weitz, Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner and Mo Aboul-Zelof at Sundance 2015

I started doing student films at Columbia grad school, and this one student filmmaker, his girlfriend was interning at an open casting call for Susan Shopmaker. Later on, she did the stage reading for Martha Marcy May Marlene, then she cast it, and that was my first movie.

In 2012, director David Chase invited her to play a small role which he wrote specifically for her in his movie Not Fade Away.[1] Her first starring role was in the 2012 movie, Electrick Children.[1] In 2013, she starred alongside Ashley Bell in the horror film The Last Exorcism Part II, and played the lead in the American remake of the Mexican horror film We Are What We Are.

Garner co-starred in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) as new character Marcy, a young stripper who crosses paths with another new character, Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).[3] This marked the first time she acted against a green screen.[1]

In 2015, Garner had a recurring role on the third season of FX's The Americans.[4]

She was to have made her off-Broadway debut in Noah Haidle's play Smokefall at MCC Theatre in 2016, but had to drop out during rehearsals due to scheduling conflicts.[5]

In 2017, she will appear in the Netflix series Ozark opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Julia (short) Julia
2010 One Thousand Cranes (short) Dorian
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Sarah
2011 Our Time (short) Kaya
2011 Mac & Cheese (short) Mary Katherine Brown
2012 Electrick Children Rachel
2012 Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a Wallflower Susan
2012 Not Fade Away Girl in Car
2013 We Are What We Are Rose Parker
2013 Last Exorcism Part II, TheThe Last Exorcism Part II Gwen
2013 HairBrained Shauna
2013 Send (Short) Girl
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Marcie
2014 I Believe in Unicorns Cassidy
2014 You Can't Win Chicken
2014 Send (Short film) Girl
2015 Good Kids Tinsley
2015 Grandma Sage
2016 Tomato Red Jamalee Merridew Post-production
2016 One Percent More Humid Katherine Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2015- Americans, TheThe Americans Kimberly Breland
2016 Girls Charlie's Roommate Episode: "The Panic in Central Park"
2016 The Get Down Claudia Gunns 2 episodes
2017 Ozark Ruth
2018 Waco[7] Michelle Jones Filming


  1. ^ a b c d e f Shattuck, Kathryn (1 March 2013). "Already a Cinema Veteran at 19". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Macaulay, Scott (2012). "Julia Garner". 25 New Faces of Independent Film (story series). Filmmaker. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Chitwood, Adam (29 January 2013). "Eva Green to Lead SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR; Julia Garner Joins Cast". Collider.com. 
  4. ^ Emami, Gazelle (March 2016). "Making the Americans Great, Again". Vulture.com. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Former Annie Joins MCC's Smokefall". Playbill. January 25, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Netflix Drama ‘Ozark’ Adds Julia Garner Opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney". Variety. October 25, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  7. ^ http://deadline.com/2017/04/melissa-benoist-julia-garner-cast-waco-paramount-network-event-series-1202073774/

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