5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Sleep On Greta Gerwig

While this upcoming weekend’s box office will likely be dominated by some combination of Star Trek Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3, indie film enthusiasts are exploding with anticipation for the release of Frances Ha, the latest film from director Noah Baumbach (Kicking And Screaming, Greenberg). The film has been scoring strong reviews from big name critics —it’s currently rated 94% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes— but more importantly, it stars Greta Gerwig, an incredibly talented young actress that Hollywood hasn’t quite figured out what to do with yet. She’s been cast in big budget rom coms (she was one of Natalie Portman’s BFFs in No Strings Attached, and played the Liza Minelli role in the remake of Arthur), but Frances Ha is arguably the first film which fully showcases this naturalistic actor’s many talents. Whether you’re familiar with her work or just seeing her face for the first time right now, here are 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Sleep On Greta Gerwig.

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Clockwise from top: Directors Noah Baumbach, Woody Allen, and Whit Stillman.

1. Big name directors believe in her.

Gerwig began her career as one of the breakout stars of the so-called “mumblecore” movement, thanks to her winning turns in films like Hannah Takes The Stairs, Baghead and House Of The Devil. Her engaging screen presence and ability to naturalistically convey complex dialog instantly turned her into an in-demand actress with auteurs like Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, Frances Ha), Woody Allen (To Rome With Love) and Whit Stillman (Damsels In Distress). If respected directors like this have got your back, chances are you’re going to be working for a long time.

2. She’s a burgeoning style icon.

Greta Gerwig isn’t your typical, waify, Master Cleanse kind of gal. The 29 year-old native Californian is tall (5’8″), blonde, and what many people would describe as normal sized. She’s got a great figure, but not one that looks like it was drawn by a horny comic book illustrator or anything. Her sense of style ranges from flirty casual to glam refined, as you’ll see in our accompanying gallery. And she earned a coveted invite to this year’s Met Gala from Anna Wintour (top right), so the fashion cognoscenti certainly know who she is.

3. She’s writing her own films now.

Not only is Gerwig a sought-after actress, but she’s broadening her horizons to include writing. In addition to being a credited co-writer of Frances Ha, in a recent New Yorker profile on herself and her boyfriend Noah Baumbach, writer Ian Parker revealed that the pair teamed up to pen an animated feature “about a Brooklyn mutt, Freddy, who becomes separated from a young girl named Heidi when her parents divorce” that’s currently in development at DreamWorks.

4. She’s radiates humility and normalness.

Although we don’t know Greta Gerwig personally, after seeing her films and appearances on talk shows over the years, you can’t help but notice that she just seems like someone who is very grateful to be where she’s at. Take this appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, for example. Gerwig was making the rounds promoting Arthur (which was a fairly terrible remake of a really dated film, but Gerwig really shined in it), but the way she describes the reaction in her hometown movie theater when Arthur premiered there is just plain adorbs.

5. She’s a pretty great actress!

Like we said at the top, Hollywood hasn’t quite figured out a way to utilize her immense talents. She’s played the “best friend” role in No Strings Attached and the love interest in Arthur, but she’s probably not going to be cast as the lead in some big budget, CGI heavy action movie aimed at teenage boys anytime soon. Rather, she seems to be content to do great work in smaller, character-driven films, which is something we have zero qualms with. Doing work in films like this will allow her to show off her comedic and dramatic range, both of which are on display in the clip from Greenberg (also starring Ben Stiller) that we have for you above.

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