When the trailer for the movie, Blockers, was released, very few people expected much in quality from the young adult comedy which was considered to be another by-the-numbers Hollywood flick. But when the movie finally hit the theaters in 2018, it became one of the highest selling comedies in the year, birthing the rise to fame of the film’s leading star Geraldine Viswanathan.
In another decade or two in the past, one would not expect a minority like Geraldine Viswanathan to be the shining star of a Hollywood flick but times are changing and talented actresses like Geraldine are getting a chance to show what they are made of, as shown by her performance in Blockers, which was a breakout moment for a career that began in 2015.
Geraldine Viswanathan – Biography & Age
Geraldine Viswanathan’s life began on the 20th of June, 1995 in Newcastle, New South Wales in Australia. The young actress was born into a multi-ethnic family and soon fell in love with performance art. In order to satisfy her interest, she attended a school of Performing Arts in Broadmeadow, Newcastle in her home country, Australia. She made her on-screen debut at the age of 19 and has gone on to appear in a number of movies and TV Shows, including her hit movie, Blockers, which made $94 million on a budget of $21 million.
Since she made the appearance and got mainstream success and recognition, Geraldine has become the toast of many young adult film fans and she has cited the popular show, Friends as an inspiration and Anne Hathaway as a role model for some of her acting techniques.
Outside of traditional film and TV shows, she has made appearances on talk shows like Late Night with Seth Meyers, Today, and The Trina Martica Show.
When Geraldine Viswanathan starred in Blockers in 2018, it was the culmination of a journey that had begun three years prior in 2015. Having always been interested in performance art, she got her first credit in Big Bad World, a short film where she appeared as Neha.
In the same year, she appeared in another short film, Moose as Lucy and got her most significant debut credit yet as Sarah in the pilot episode of the show, Lost Angels.
Things were taken a step forward for Geraldine’s career in 2016 when she starred in All Out Dysfunktion!, the short film, Spice Sisters and an appearance in Emo the Musical, as Jamali.
In 2017, Geraldine took another step forward by getting cast in a recurring role as Janet King in Bonnie Mahesh, along with an appearance in the show, The Y2K Bug where she played the character, Addison.
In 2018, things changed for Geraldine Viswanathan when she was cast as Kayla in Blockers. The film, which starred other film stars like Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Kathryn Newton, saw her emerge the best performer in the film, earning the praise of several critics. In the film, Geraldine played the daughter of Mitchell (John Cena) and a part of a group of friends who had made a pact to lose their virginity on prom night.
With her breakout film behind her, Geraldine Viswanathan has gone on to star in other projects like The Package, Hala, Miracle Workers, and Bad Education. Through her career, she has gotten to work with some major names in the industry, such as Steve Buscemi, Daniel Radcliffe of the Harry Potter franchise, Hugh Jackman, Gabriel Luna, and a few more others.
As a young actress with an abundance of talent, Geraldine Viswanathan is most definitely set for a long and successful career in the industry.
Geraldine Viswanathan’s Parents & Family
Much is unknown about Geraldine Viswanathan’s parents but the little we know so far is part of what makes Geraldine a special woman.
Her mother is Anja Raith who is from Switzerland while her father, Suresh Viswanathan is a native of the ethnic group, Malaysian Tamil. The inter-racial relationship between the couple resulted in the birth of Geraldine in New South Wales, Australia, which makes her a citizen of multiple countries.
As for other members of the Viswanathan family, she has a sister named Indira Viswanathan whose only known detail is an anecdote Geraldine shared about running a guinea pig farm with her sister when she was much younger.