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Julia Garner: ‘Electrick’ youth

Youth Impact Report 2012: Up Next

Julia Garner was drawn to indie drama “Electrick Children” by its challenging premise: The movie, which premiered at the Berlin Intl. Film Festival in February, centers on a Mormon girl convinced that she was immaculately impregnated after listening to a rock ‘n’ roll cassette. In order to portray the absurdity of the situation genuinely, Garner says she would remind herself that to the devout, “A belief is a belief and you can’t argue with it.”

Garner internalized her character’s convictions with a doe-eyed sincerity that has caught critical attention everywhere from the Berlin to South by Southwest.

Garner made her feature debut in last year’s cult Sundance thriller “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” a part she landed after a casting director remembered her from an open call for MTV’s short-lived “Skins.” She has been gaining momentum on the feature front, gravitating to the kind of serious roles that made Jennifer Lawrence a star.

The actress can next be seen in Paramount’s “Not Fade Away,” followed by roles in the indie comedy “HairBrained,” ensemble thriller “We Are What We Are” and horror sequel “The Last Exorcism 2.”

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