- 1. Career
Geraldine Viswanathan is an Australian actress. She gained attention in the role of Kayla in the 2018 film Blockers, for which Refinery29 referred to her as "the film's breakout star". Viswanathan starred in the 2019 coming-of-age film Hala, as well as Bad Education. She also played a recurring role in the Australian series Janet King, and appears in the TBS comedy anthology Miracle Workers.
At the age of four, Viswanathan appeared in a Kodak television commercial. In 2016, she appeared in Emo the Musical and went to Los Angeles for her first pilot season. In 2017, Viswanathan joined the cast of ABC's drama series Janet King in the role of Bonnie.
Viswanathan was once a reader in casting rooms, and was the reader for the Australian casting process for Crazy Rich Asians.
Her big break came in 2018, when she was cast in the movie Blockers. In the same year, she was cast in the Netflix film The Package and the drama film Hala which went to Sundance Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter included her in its "Next Gen Talent" list as one of "20 rising stars among the blockbuster breakouts and small-screen discoveries who are shaking up the industry".
In 2019, Viswanathan was cast in the anthology series Miracle Workers. In 2019, Viswanathan played Rachel in the film Bad Education, which is based on a true story of an embezzlement scandal. She received critical acclaim at Sundance Film Festival, and an Emmy nomination.
Viswanathan starred in The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020). The film was due to be released in Summer of 2020, but was postponed to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the film, she stars as the heroine Lucy, a gallery assistant who struggles to give up items from past relationships. About the film, she noted that she feels fortunate to represent brown girls on screen, and appreciated that her mother in the film is blonde and looks a lot like her real mother.
Viswanathan provided the voice of Tawnie in season six of BoJack Horseman.
In October 2021, she was cast in the psychological thriller film Cat Person, based on the a short story by Kristen Roupenian published in 2017 in The New Yorker.
In January 2022, Viswanathan was cast the film The Beanie Bubble, co-directed by Kristin Gore and Damian Kulash.