Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director based in NY. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut with the critically acclaimed comedy-drama film Lady Bird (2017), which she also wrote, and has also had starring roles in the films Damsels in Distress (2011), Jackie (2016), and 20th Century Women (2016). Greta Celeste Gerwig was born in Sacramento, California, to Christine Gerwig (née Sauer), a nurse, and Gordon Gerwig, a financial consultant and computer programmer. She has German, Irish, and English ancestry. Gerwig was raised as a Unitarian Universalist, but also attended an all-girls Catholic school. She has described herself as "an intense child". With an early interest in dance, she intended to get a degree in musical theatre in New York. She graduated from Barnard College in NY, where she studied English and philosophy, instead. Originally intending to become a playwright, after meeting young film director Joe Swanberg, she became the star of a series of intellectual low budget movies made by first-time filmmakers, a trend dubbed "mumblecore". Gerwig was cast in a minor role in Swanberg's LOL (2006) in 2006, while still studying at Barnard. She then appeared in many of Swanberg's films, and personally co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced one entitled ...

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To Rome with Love (2012)

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Four tales unfold in the Eternal City: While vacationing in Rome, architect John encounters a young man whose romantic woes remind him of a painful incident from his own youth; retired opera director Jerry discovers a mortician with an amazing voice, and he seizes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Elliot Page  •  Woody Allen  •  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Penélope Cruz

Four tales unfold in the Eternal City: While vacationing in Rome, architect John encounters a young man whose romantic woes remind him of a painful incident from his own youth; retired opera director Jerry discovers a mortician with an amazing voice, and he seizes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Elliot Page  •  Woody Allen  •  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Penélope Cruz

Greenberg (2010)

A New Yorker moves to Los Angeles in order to figure out his life while he housesits for his brother, and he soon sparks with his brother's assistant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noah Baumbach
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Ben Stiller  •  Chris Messina  •  Koby Rouviere

A New Yorker moves to Los Angeles in order to figure out his life while he housesits for his brother, and he soon sparks with his brother's assistant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noah Baumbach
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Ben Stiller  •  Chris Messina  •  Koby Rouviere

The Dish & the Spoon (2011)

Two wounded souls commiserate through drinking and aimless wandering while acting out the roles of the happy relationships that elude them in reality. Greta Gerwig and Olly Alexander deliver beautifully-tuned comic performances in their portrayal of young adults ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alison Bagnall
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Olly Alexander  •  Eléonore Hendricks  •  Amy Seimetz

Two wounded souls commiserate through drinking and aimless wandering while acting out the roles of the happy relationships that elude them in reality. Greta Gerwig and Olly Alexander deliver beautifully-tuned comic performances in their portrayal of young adults ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alison Bagnall
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Olly Alexander  •  Eléonore Hendricks  •  Amy Seimetz

Eden (2014)

Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris, forms a DJ collective with his friends and together they plunge into the nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mia Hansen-Løve
CAST:  Félix de Givry  •  Brady Corbet  •  Greta Gerwig  •  Arsinée Khanjian

Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris, forms a DJ collective with his friends and together they plunge into the nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mia Hansen-Løve
CAST:  Félix de Givry  •  Brady Corbet  •  Greta Gerwig  •  Arsinée Khanjian

Frances Ha (2013)

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An aspiring dancer moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noah Baumbach
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Mickey Sumner  •  Adam Driver  •  Michael Zegen

An aspiring dancer moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noah Baumbach
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Mickey Sumner  •  Adam Driver  •  Michael Zegen

Maggie's Plan (2016)

Maggie's plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant and impossible Georgette. But one daughter and three years later, Maggie is out of love and in a quandary: what do ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rebecca Miller
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Julianne Moore  •  Bill Hader

Maggie's plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant and impossible Georgette. But one daughter and three years later, Maggie is out of love and in a quandary: what do ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rebecca Miller
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Julianne Moore  •  Bill Hader

Side by Side (2012)

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Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Keanu Reeves explores the development of cinema ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Kenneally
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Martin Scorsese  •  James Cameron  •  David Fincher

Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Keanu Reeves explores the development of cinema ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Kenneally
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Martin Scorsese  •  James Cameron  •  David Fincher

The Humbling (2014)

Following a breakdown and suicide attempt, an aging actor becomes involved with a much younger woman but soon finds that it's difficult to keep pace with her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Al Pacino  •  Kyra Sedgwick  •  Charles Grodin

Following a breakdown and suicide attempt, an aging actor becomes involved with a much younger woman but soon finds that it's difficult to keep pace with her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Al Pacino  •  Kyra Sedgwick  •  Charles Grodin

A NY Thing (2009)

Masquerading as another man, Antoine flies to New York for a three-day stay and promptly falls in love with Alice, who's dating someone else. When that doesn't work out for him, Antoine turns to the city itself for inspiration.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Lécot
CAST:  Jonathan Zaccaï  •  Fanny Valette  •  Ebon Moss-Bachrach  •  Greta Gerwig

Masquerading as another man, Antoine flies to New York for a three-day stay and promptly falls in love with Alice, who's dating someone else. When that doesn't work out for him, Antoine turns to the city itself for inspiration.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Lécot
CAST:  Jonathan Zaccaï  •  Fanny Valette  •  Ebon Moss-Bachrach  •  Greta Gerwig

Art House (2010)

A communal house left in trust many years ago to provide art students support in the way of free housing, ART HOUSE has accumulated its share of legends, lore, art, art junk and a reputation for hard partying. When a university dean and an influential descendant of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fanucchi
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Chris Beier  •  Iggy Pop  •  Hayes Hargrove

A communal house left in trust many years ago to provide art students support in the way of free housing, ART HOUSE has accumulated its share of legends, lore, art, art junk and a reputation for hard partying. When a university dean and an influential descendant of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fanucchi
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Chris Beier  •  Iggy Pop  •  Hayes Hargrove

Family Tree (2009)

Siblings Tim and Lena squabble after he detects her disinterest in his long-term family genealogy project.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kentucker Audley
CAST:  Jessy Brodsky  •  Hallie Cooper-Novack  •  Lena Dunham  •  Greta Gerwig

Siblings Tim and Lena squabble after he detects her disinterest in his long-term family genealogy project.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kentucker Audley
CAST:  Jessy Brodsky  •  Hallie Cooper-Novack  •  Lena Dunham  •  Greta Gerwig

Lola Versus (2012)

Just three weeks before her wedding, Lola (Greta Gerwig) finds herself suddenly without a partner when her longtime fiance, Luke (Joel Kinnaman), dumps her. With her 30th birthday looming and being forced to re-enter the New York City dating scene, she feels adrift ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daryl Wein
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Joel Kinnaman  •  Bill Pullman  •  Zoe Lister-Jones

Just three weeks before her wedding, Lola (Greta Gerwig) finds herself suddenly without a partner when her longtime fiance, Luke (Joel Kinnaman), dumps her. With her 30th birthday looming and being forced to re-enter the New York City dating scene, she feels adrift ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daryl Wein
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Joel Kinnaman  •  Bill Pullman  •  Zoe Lister-Jones

Making a Scene (2013)

For this year's Movies Issue, The New York Times Magazine commissioned lines from an eclectic and talented group of screenwriters — writers responsible for some of the best scripts of 2013. We asked them each to write a single line for us — not a scene, a script or ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Janusz Kamiński
CAST:  Oscar Isaac  •  Oprah Winfrey  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Robert Redford

For this year's Movies Issue, The New York Times Magazine commissioned lines from an eclectic and talented group of screenwriters — writers responsible for some of the best scripts of 2013. We asked them each to write a single line for us — not a scene, a script or ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Janusz Kamiński
CAST:  Oscar Isaac  •  Oprah Winfrey  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Robert Redford

Damsels in Distress (2012)

A trio of beautiful girls set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university: the dynamic leader Violet Wister, principled Rose and sexy Heather. They welcome transfer student Lily into their group which seeks to help severely depressed students with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Whit Stillman
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Adam Brody  •  Aubrey Plaza  •  Lio Tipton

A trio of beautiful girls set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university: the dynamic leader Violet Wister, principled Rose and sexy Heather. They welcome transfer student Lily into their group which seeks to help severely depressed students with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Whit Stillman
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Adam Brody  •  Aubrey Plaza  •  Lio Tipton

No Strings Attached (2011)

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Emma is a busy doctor who sets up a seemingly perfect arrangement when she offers her best friend Adam a relationship with one rule: No strings attached. But when a fling becomes a thing, can sex friends stay best friends?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Ashton Kutcher  •  Greta Gerwig  •  Olivia Thirlby

Emma is a busy doctor who sets up a seemingly perfect arrangement when she offers her best friend Adam a relationship with one rule: No strings attached. But when a fling becomes a thing, can sex friends stay best friends?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Ashton Kutcher  •  Greta Gerwig  •  Olivia Thirlby

Yeast (2008)

A maddeningly oblivious, tyrannical and emotionally stunted young woman tries her best to negotiate two toxic friendships.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mary Bronstein
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Mary Bronstein  •  Amy Judd  •  Sean Price Williams

A maddeningly oblivious, tyrannical and emotionally stunted young woman tries her best to negotiate two toxic friendships.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mary Bronstein
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Mary Bronstein  •  Amy Judd  •  Sean Price Williams

Arthur (2011)

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A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman that his family doesn't like.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Winer
CAST:  Russell Brand  •  Helen Mirren  •  Greta Gerwig  •  Jennifer Garner

A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman that his family doesn't like.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Winer
CAST:  Russell Brand  •  Helen Mirren  •  Greta Gerwig  •  Jennifer Garner

Nights and Weekends (2008)

A man and woman must face the tension that builds between them during a long-distance relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg  •  Greta Gerwig
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Joe Swanberg  •  Jay Duplass  •  Lynn Shelton

A man and woman must face the tension that builds between them during a long-distance relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg  •  Greta Gerwig
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Joe Swanberg  •  Jay Duplass  •  Lynn Shelton

Northern Comfort (2010)

Two strangers' paths crisscross as they make their way toward Canada.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rod Webber
CAST:  Rod Webber  •  Greta Gerwig  •  Joseph James Bellamy  •  Irina Peligrad

Two strangers' paths crisscross as they make their way toward Canada.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rod Webber
CAST:  Rod Webber  •  Greta Gerwig  •  Joseph James Bellamy  •  Irina Peligrad

You Wont Miss Me (2009)

A kaleidoscopic film portrait of Shelly Brown, a twenty-three year-old alienated urban misfit recently released from a psychiatric hospital.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ry Russo-Young
CAST:  Gina Abatemarco  •  Stella Schnabel  •  Nick Ackerman  •  Simon O'Connor

A kaleidoscopic film portrait of Shelly Brown, a twenty-three year-old alienated urban misfit recently released from a psychiatric hospital.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ry Russo-Young
CAST:  Gina Abatemarco  •  Stella Schnabel  •  Nick Ackerman  •  Simon O'Connor
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