At a young age, Australian actress Geraldine Viswanathan has quickly succeeded in establishing her career in television and film.
On February 12th, 2019, Viswanathan will star as the female lead in the TBS comedy Miracle Workers alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi. Set in Heaven Inc., when God (Buscemi) decides to destroy Earth, two low-level angels (Viswanathan and Radcliffe) must convince their boss to save humanity and pull off their most impossible miracle yet. Executive-produced by Lorne Michaels, the series is based off the Simon Rich book What in God’s Name.
Viswanathan can next be seen playing the title role in the coming-of-age drama Hala. Written and directed by Minhal Baig, the story follows a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl living in Chicago under the strict, religious rules of her parents. When she meets a boy from the skate park, she experiences a real and immediate connection and must face the consequences of their developing relationship. Overbrook Entertainment produced the film with Jada Pinkett-Smith serving as executive producer. The film will premiere as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January 2019.
Viswanathan recently wrapped production starring opposite Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney in the upcoming feature Bad Education from producers Fred Berger (La La Land) and Brian Kavanaugh-Johns of Automatik. Based on the true events that writer Mike Makowsky experienced at his high school, the film follows the unfolding of the single largest public-school embezzlement scandal in history.
In August 2018, Viswanathan starred in the Netflix original comedy The Package. Produced by Ben Stiller, the dark comedy follows a teenage boy during a camping trip when a horrible accident occurs, leaving him and his friends to save his virility before it’s too late. Directed by Jake Szymanski, the film also stars Sugar Lyn Beard, Sadie Calvano and Alexander Calvert.
In April 2018, Viswanathan starred in the lead role of “Kayla” opposite Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena in the Universal comedy Blockers. Directed by Kay Cannon, the film follows three best friends who make a sex pact to lose their virginity on prom night, while their parents try to do everything in their power to stop them. The film is produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver under their Point Grey Pictures banner.
Previously, Viswanathan appeared in the film Spice Sisters that won the Short Screenplay Award at the Sydney Film Festival, one of Australia’s most distinguished festivals. She also played a starring role in Australia’s feature comedy Emo the Musical, directed by Neil Triffett. The film won third place as Most Popular Feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival and was an official selection at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2017.
Viswanathan has also appeared in the Australian television series Janet King and was a finalist for Australians in Film’s prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship.