[WATCH] Greta Gerwig (’20th Century Women’) dishes her role of Abbie and working with Annette Bening

“I read the script and felt very protective of Abbie, which is always a sign for me when I want to take care of the character,” reveals actress Greta Gerwig about her role in the new film “20th Century Women.” Set in 1979 and directed by Mike Mills, the movie has Abbie living in a home with Dorothea (Annette Bening) and her teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann). She is a photographer trying to adjust to life after a cancer diagnosis who is entrusted to help guide Jamie as he is growing up. The A24 film will be released nationwide on December 25.

In our recent interview (watch above), Gerwig adds, “The late 70s is before my time, but I feel very connected to that time. I also procedurally feel connected to Abbie’s story of being from California and going to New York and coming back to California. I’m from up north and not from the beach, but that relentless sunlight if you are a punk is hard.”

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On working with Bening, she proclaims, “She’s incredible! Annette Bening is one of my idols as a woman and an artist and as an actor. She’s always chosen really interesting things to do. She’s funny, and she’s sweet, and she’s a prize fighter like when she’s acting. She can hit harder than anyone. Just to be around her and watch her work feels like an education.”

In her decade making films, Gerwig has had several awards nominations. For the comedy “Frances Ha,” she was a contender at the 2014 Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards in the lead actress category. She was also nominated for her lead performance in “Greenberg” at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards. Along with “20th Century Women,” she has a featured role in “Jackie” starring Natalie Portman this month and earlier this year starred in “Maggie’s Plan” with Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke.

In addition to acting, she was also the writer on “Frances Ha” and “Mistress America” (2015). She is now in post-production on her directorial debut of “Lady Bird,” which will be released in 2017. That film will star Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges, and Tracy Letts.

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