Actress Greta Gerwig’s 2017 film Lady Bird may have been her directorial debut, but it’s unarguably one of the best films of the year. Garnering near-perfect scores on review sites such as Rotten Tomatoes and universally lauded by critics the drama-comedy starring Laurie Metcalf and Saorsie Ronan made Gerwig a household name almost overnight. And while Lady Bird failed to win any awards at this year’s Oscars, the film still received an impressive set of nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. This made Gerwig only the fifth female director to ever be nominated for the latter award.
Greta Gerwig’s Networth as of 2019: $4 million
Despite her recent achievements, Gerwig’s current net worth is only a modest $4 million. But if she keeps up her career trajectory this is sure to change in the very near future. This seems especially likely with her recent promise of multiple films similar to Lady Bird, if not actual sequels.
But where will Gerwig’s acting career go? And what exactly were her past roles anyways? To answer this, let’s take a look back at Gerwig’s career leading up to Lady Bird.
Gerwig began her acting career when she was still a college student, getting a minor role in the 2006 movie Lol while enrolled at Barnard College. While she had been primarily an English and philosophy student, her initial acting experience piqued her interest in acting and screenwriting, especially in the ‘mumblecore’ genre, and she struck up a working relationship with Lol’s director Joe Swanberg. The duo co-wrote and acted in mumblecore films Hannah Takes the Stairs (2006) and Nights and Weekends (2008).
Though Gerwig soon became a fixture in the mumblecore genre, mainstream success and recognition eluded her grasp. She still had to work multiple jobs to make ends meet, including being a nanny and waitress. This changed in 2010 when she got a role in Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg, which led to a steady upwards trajectory in Gerwig’s career.
While still not exactly mainstream, Gertwig began receiving critical attention for minor roles films such as To Rome with Love (2012) and The Humbling (2014). She received her first award nomination, a Golden Globe, for the 2012 film Frances Ha, which she co-wrote and starred in. Gerwig’s next critical success came with a supporting role in 20th Century Women (2016), receiving yet another nomination in the form of a Critics Choice Award.
Lady Bird (2017) and present
Gertwig’s next project, to the surprise and delight of her fans, was writing and directing Lady Bird. The film’s premise is a coming-of-age tale for a teenage girl, the titular Lady Bird (Saorsie Ronan), and focuses largely on platonic and mother-daughter relationships.
The film has gained positive reviews for nearly everything, from the writing to the score and cinematography. Gerwig’s take on the classic ‘coming of age’ story has both revitalized the concept and given hope to many that the film is a precursor to a new wave of female-directed and focused media.
While Greta Gertwig has yet to win any of the many mainstream awards she has been nominated for, it’s really only a matter of time. Her directorial and acting career is one of the brightest and most promising in Hollywood, and will no doubt have the net worth to match in the near future.
Greta Gerwig’s Little Women adaptation is set to hit the theaters on 25th December this year.