Meet Desiree Akhavan.
She’s a 30-year-old Iranian-American actress and writer who’s about to be a big deal. If you want to keep up with the zeitgeist, you need to know her name.
Her first film, Appropriate Behavior, opens today and is kind of the perfect, lighthearted thing to do on a chilly Saturday afternoon.
Written by, directed by and starring Akhavan, the story semi-mimics her own life of a career-confused, bisexual twentysomething who breaks up with her girlfriend and gets into some sticky personal situations as she learns to move on.
If you’re not a fan of Lena Dunham or whiny 23-year-olds, don’t worry. The comparison ends at “heartbroken Brooklyn millennial.” Akhavan has a sweet, relaxed demeanor and is rather mature (and hilarious) in how she fails at pretty much everything.
The result made her a critical darling at last year’s Sundance and nabbed her a nomination for this year’s Independent Spirit Awards (Best First Screenplay).
If you are a Girls loyalist, though, get excited. She’s joining the cast this season as a classmate in Hannah’s Iowa workshop. Now you can say you knew Akhavan when.
"Appropriate Behavior" is now playing at IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. (at W. Third St.); 212-924-7771 or appropriatebehaviormovie.com