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The Atlanta native makes her Sundance debut in director Kris Swanberg's Unexpected as a student who bonds with her teacher over their surprise pregnancies.
Most memorable moment: "It was our first day of shooting; I was sitting in the makeup chair looking over my lines. Cobie [Smulders, who plays the teacher] comes and greets me and the MUA and sits behind me. I wanted to run lines with her but wasn't sure how to ask without coming off annoying and unprofessional, so I'm just going over the lines under my breath and in my head. My makeup is finished, and just before I walk off she goes, 'Hey, Gail Bean, you want to run lines?' From that moment on, I knew filming would go great."
Most "Hollywood" moment: "Sitting at the table with Kris and Andy [producer Andrea Roa] when they offered me the role. I excused myself and went to the bathroom to freak out. I wanted to jump outside of my body to make sure it was really me in that moment."
Most "pinch me" moment: "When I found out we got into Sundance. I was like, 'OK now, this is absurd.' Not only was I fortunate enough to land the role and complete the entire film without getting fired — don't laugh, every day I was so happy to be filming with them that I just thought, 'This can't be real. One day somebody is going to come say, "Gail, we've replaced you." ' Thank God that never happened."
Worst audition: "I prepared a very dramatic piece for a comedy casting director."
Industry role model: Anne Hathaway
I'd get starstruck around: "George Clooney, because he's so effortlessly brilliant."
Best advice: " 'Move to L.A. If it doesn't work out, you're young enough to move back,' " from comedian Rodney Perry.
When I'm not working: "I'm binge-watching on my Apple TV while working on a script and on FaceTime."
If I weren't an actor: "I'd be in law school. I like to think I'd win a case or two."
I never miss an episode of: Agents of SHIELD
Career goals: "I would love to do action films. I heart Marvel. I like to laugh, so I hope to get some more comedic projects under my belt. If I ever did a romance film, I'd want it to be something unforgettable like The Notebook. I'd want people to watch it and say, 'That's genuine love.' "