Adam Markovitz
March 19, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

How You Might Know Her
The Greenberg star, 26, has become an indie darling in films like 2008’s Nights and Weekends (which she co-wrote and codirected) and Baghead. ”At art-house movie theaters, I’m like Julia Roberts,” she jokes, ”but not outside of there.”

Working with Ben Stiller
”What he did with the role eclipsed who he is as a person in the world,” says Gerwig of her famous costar. ”When we were shooting outside, people would start staring and yelling. And it always took me a second to remember why.”

The Acting Bug
”I remember sitting at my kitchen table and my mom saying, ‘Do you really think you’re as good as Meryl Streep?”’ she laughs. ”I said, ‘Mom, I just have to be as good as me.”’

What’s Next
She’s finished production on two more low-budget indies: Drift and A NY Thing.

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