Name: Grace Van Patten
Currently Lives: In an apartment with her family in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn.
Claim to Fame: Ms. Van Patten is known for supporting roles in “The Meyerowitz Stories” and “Nine Perfect Strangers,” along with starring roles in several indie films, including “Under the Silver Lake” and “Good Posture.”
In 2017, she also performed off-Broadway in “The Whirligig.” “I’m dying to do another play as soon as it’s back up and safe,” she said. “I find it to be one of the most terrifying things, but also the most fulfilling and challenging.”
Big Break: Ms. Van Patten made her television debut when she was 8, in episodes of “The Sopranos” directed by her father, Timothy Van Patten. She has always loved acting, but didn’t pursue it seriously until after graduating from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in 2014. Her breakthrough role came in 2017, when she played Adam Sandler’s daughter in Noah Baumbach’s film “The Meyerowitz Stories,” alongside Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.
Latest Project: Ms. Van Patten played a grieving college student in “Nine Perfect Strangers,” the Netflix mini-series based on the Liane Moriarty novel and starring Nicole Kidman as a witchy Russian wellness guru.
“Whether you want better skin or want to lose weight or want to be less sad, we all want that instant fix,” Ms. Van Patten said. “But if you actually want things to change, it takes a lot of work.” She also starred in the fantasy drama film “Mayday,” which was released in September.
Next Thing: Ms. Van Patten will star in her first TV series, “Tell Me Lies,” a coming-of-age drama on Hulu adapted from a novel by Carola Lovering. “I’ve never been attached to something this early on, so it’s new for me,” she said.
The story line, which follows a tumultuous relationship over a decade, reminds her of “Blue Valentine,” one of her favorite films, and “Normal People,” another Hulu series. “‘Normal People’ did such a good job showing the stillness of relationships and the vulnerability and sadness,” she said. “This is like raging ‘Normal People.’”
Wanderlust: Ms. Van Patten wants to move out of her parents’ home but isn’t ready to commit to Los Angeles. “I’ve been all over the place for the past few years and I’m definitely craving a place of my own, but I just don’t know where yet,” she said. Her father will be in London next year, so she plans to spend time there. But she knows she’ll return to New York eventually: “I love it here, it’ll always be home.”
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