Greta Gerwig: Working with Woody Allen 'my favorite thing in my life'
Greta Gerwig freely admits she is a big fan of director Woody Allen's work, so when the actress got a chance to star in one of his films, it ended up being "the best thing ever."
Gerwig, a 28-year-old California native who lives in New York, began her on-screen acting career in 2006 and has starred in "Greenberg," "No Strings Attached" and the recent remake of "Arthur" with Russell Brand. In Allen's recent film, "To Rome With Love," she stars opposite "Juno" actress Ellen Page and "The Social Network" actor Jesse Eisenberg.
"It was my favorite thing in my life that I've ever done," Gerwig told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's premiere earlier this month. "He's my favorite filmmaker, my favorite writer. I've adored him ever since I was able to read and watch movies. Doing this was kind of the best thing ever. "
"To Rome With Love" tells four different stories of people in Italy which includes American tourists as well as Italian residents. Eisenberg is a young man who falls in love with Page's character, who is the best friend of his current girlfriend, played by Gerwig.
"In a way I feel like I didn't really get a chance to experience it [working with Allen] because I was too nervous the whole time," Gerwig said during a satellite interview with OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I kind of wish I could go back and live in the moment."
"I mean lived in the moment with like all the other actors and that was really fun," Gerwig added, "But there was an element of 'Oh my god Woody Allen is walking over to give me a note' and not really being able to process that because it was so exciting."
The actress described shooting the film with Page, Eisenberg and Alec Baldwin as "a very tiny, very awesome summer camp."
Page, who was also present during the satellite interview, said that Allen was very flexible with the actor on his script.
"He actually gives you so much freedom with the material. He wants you to put it in your own words," Page said. "He wants you to tell him if it feels unnatural. He just wants you to create something that feels real and feels organic and to be present and to not over think any of it."
"To Rome With Love" hit theaters on June 22. Check out the trailer for the film below.
Reporting by Cari Skillman and Jenn Sterger of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).