Greta Gerwig is an actress and director on the rise. Learn all you need to know about her movies, net worth, and personal life here.
Greta Gerwig: Bio & Early Life
Greta Gerwig is an American writer, actress, and director who has most recently gained fame for her work directing ‘Lady Bird.’ Greta Gerwig was born on August 4, 1983, in Sacramento, California. She is the daughter of an OB-GYN nurse named Christine, and Gordon Gerwig, who worked for a credit union on small business loans. She has one younger brother who is a landscape architect. Greta is of German, Irish, and English ancestry. She was raised as a Unitarian Universalist and earned her early education at St. Francis High School, an all-girls Catholic school in Sacramento. Greta describes herself as having been an intense kid, with an early interest in dancing. Her first dreams were to earn a degree in musical theatre in New York and become a playwright. However, she was denied admittance to the playwright MFA program and ended up graduating from Barnard College in New York with a degree in English and philosophy. Greta turned to acting while still a student at Barnard. In 2006 she was cast in a minor role in Joe Swanberg’s ‘LOL’ and also appeared in ‘Baghead’ by Jay and Mark Duplass. She and Swanberg started a partnership shortly after this, which resulted in the duo co-writing ‘Hannah Takes the Stairs’ and sharing both writing and directing duties on ‘Nights and Weekends.’ These two films gained her some recognition, and she became known as a key figure in the rising mumblecore film movement, a subgenre of independent films characterized by an emphasis on dialogue over plot, and a focus on the personal relationships of people in their 20s and 30s. She is often referred to as an “It girl” within this movement.
Meet Greta Gerwig, star of Maggie’s Plan and 20th Century Women, and director of the critically acclaimed film Lady Bird.
Greta Gerwig: Movies
Greta earned mainstream success in 2010, after starring in Noah Baumbach’s ‘Greenberg’ alongside Ben Stiller, Rhys Ifans, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. For this performance, she was praised by critics for her style of acting. Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach went on to co-write his next film, ‘Frances Ha,’ in which Greta also appeared as an actress. ‘Frances Ha,’ released in May 2013, earned Greta a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Her collaboration with Noah Baumbach did not end here. They released a third work together called ‘Mistress America’ in August 2015, which was received with generally positive reviews. Greta Gerwig’s next starring role came with Rebecca Miller’s film ‘Maggie’s Plan.’ ‘Maggie’s Plan’ premiered as an official selection of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and opened up to very positive reviews. She also starred in ’20th Century Women,’ directed by Mike Mills in the same year, as well as in ‘Jackie,’ directed by Pablo Larraín. Her performance in both of these films earned her critical acclaim. Just this past year in 2017, Greta Gerwig stepped back into the director’s seat, making her solo directorial debut with the teen drama movie ‘Lady Bird,’ which she also wrote. The cast of ‘Lady Bird’ includes stars like Saoirse Ronan, Tracy Letts, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith. Saoirse Ronan walked away with an award for Best Actress for her performance in this movie and the movie itself earned the prestigious award for Best Motion Picture. Up next, Greta Gerwig is set to star in director Mia Hansen-Løve’s upcoming film ‘Bergman Island,’ alongside Mia Wasikowska and John Turturro, as well as in a 2018 release of a movie called ‘Isle of Dogs.’ ‘Isle of Dogs’ is a stop-motion animated adventure film, directed by Wes Anderson, in which Greta is the voice of the character Tracy Walker. Besides these more notable appearances, Greta has also been featured in a number of other films including The Humbling, To Rome With Love, directed by Woody Allen, and No Strings Attached. She has publicly admitted to regretting her choice to work for Woody Allen in ‘To Rome With Love,’ given current and past allegations of sexual abuse towards him, which she claims she was not aware of at the time.
Greta Gerwig: More Fun Facts, Net Worth
Here are some more fun facts to know about Greta Gerwig: 1. After collaborating together on several films, Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach found love and are dating off-screen. 2. Greta Gerwig is reported to have a net worth of just over $2 million. 3. Growing up, Greta claims she did not have much interaction or relationships with very artistic people, leaving her family surprised that she chose to pursue an artistic career and even more surprised that she has been successful at it. 4. Greta was cast as a lead in both the HBO pilot The Corrections and a spin-off of How I Met Your Mother entitled How I Met Your Dad, but neither were picked up to go to series. 5. Greta Gerwig voiced one of the main characters in the Adult Swim animated series China, IL.
Greta Gerwig: In Conclusion
Greta Gerwig is a new favorite in the Indie film scene. With her talent in writing and directing, you can be sure to here more about her soon. Congratulations on the Golden Globe Greta, you deserve it!