As I watch the trailer for Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg” I am instantly drawn to the attitude. It may be hard to believe that the young woman who stars alongside superstar Ben Stiller is actually a Sacramento native and former City College student Greta Gerwig.
“Greenberg” recently opened in theaters, and is Gerwig’s big break into show business. Although “Greenberg” is probably the first time for many viewers to be acquainted with Gerwig, she has already established herself as a filmmaker and actress in independent, low-budget mumblecore films such as “Hannah Takes the Stairs” and “Baghead,” and even has co-written and co-directed alongside Joe Swanberg on “Nights and Weekends.”
Her seemingly effortless talent and openness is apparent in these “mumblecore’ films. And for that reason, Baumbach decided to cast Gerwig as Florence in “Greenberg.”
Despite the fact that she has received much praise for her indie films, starred alongside Ben Stiller, and recently appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” she started developing her career in Sacramento.
City College theater and film instructor Kim Mc-Cann Lawson says she did not have Gerwig as a student, but did witness her talent at a young age when Gerwig participated in the Sacramento Shakespeare festival and appeared in “Merry Wives of Windsor,” directed by Donna J. Sparks, in the summer of 1994.
“While I do remember Greta–she was very disciplined even at that young age and demonstrated real talent–I did not get to know her well as I was involved in directing my own show for the festival,” says Lawson. “I do remember that she was already very committed to becoming an actress and that Donna and I were both extremely impressed with her audition.”
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