In her latests projecct, Brit, 30, has a lead role in the upcoming thriller “The East” co-starring Ellen Page and “True Blood” hunk Alexander Skarsgård.
The Zal Batmanglij-directed indie film is about a former FBI agent (Marling) who works for a private intelligence firm called Hiller Brood.
She’s hired to go undercover to investigate an anarchist collective known as the “The East.” But once inside she falls for its charismatic leader Benji, and struggles with the inner conflict between her feelings and her undercover job. “The East” premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
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In addition to acting in “The East,” she also gets screen credit as a writer and producer.
Before that and her role as Richard Gere’s daughter in the Wall Street thriller “Arbitrage,” she worked behind the scenes co-writing and co-directing the 2004 documentary “Boxers and Ballerinas.” She also won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for “Another Earth,” a 2011 documentary that also screened at Sundance.
In her Glamour interview, Marling revealed that she traveled the country with a partner without money to explore what it was like to “live free.” She even ate from Dumpsters.
“We learned to train-hop and Dumpster dive, which sounds gross, but I actually made restaurant worthy vegan meals out of food from a Dumpster. My whole perspective on the world shifted, and I came back wanting to tell stories about the experience,” she tells the magazine.
To take the trip, she really had to step outside her upbringing. “I’d studied economics and art at Georgetown University, then passed on an investment-banking job and headed to Cuba to make a documentary,” she explains.
“Later I moved to L.A. to become an actress. The other day I was thinking about what I’d do if I stopped acting, and I couldn’t answer the question. So I think I’ll just stick with it!”
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