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Why You Should Get to Know Greta Gerwig

By Brendon McCullin, Hollywood Staff

A great hue and cry went up in certain quarters when indie darling Greta Gerwig was cast in the female Ted role for the How I Met Your Mother spinoff, How I Met Your Dad. She was soon being called a sell out by fans on social media, prompting Forbes, of all places, to post an article defending her right to cash in on her low-budget success. Largely left unasked, however, was the basic question of how well does Gerwig's persona translate into the established HIMYM format.

If mainstream audiences are aware of Gerwig at all, it's most likely as the flighty tour guide that steals Russell Brand's heart in his Arthur remake. Independent film aficionados know her far better for her work in mumblecore films by directors like Joe Swanberg and Noah Baumbach (who is also her boyfriend), as well as indie film god Whit Stillman. It seems safe to say that her profile will jump considerably with a role in a much publicized television project.

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