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Gwendolyn Edwards Gwendolyn Edwards

Remember the name.

The leading lady of the darling indie film The Last Confederate is an up-and-comer in the truest sense; it was her first major film role. After garnering a few "Best Actress" nominations at fests, including the Los Angeles Indie Film Awards, her strong performance translated to good reviews and she currently finds herself in an oh-so-coveted position: an actor being sought out by several studio heads and Hollywood producers.

The film, which hit shelves June 26 after a limited theatrical release and a very strong showing on the festival circuit (it took several top honors), is a Cold Mountain-esque Civil War love story that was written, produced, and directed by the family of the main characters, Eveline McCord and Robert Adams. "It's a true story of actual events as told by the descendents of the people the story is about," says Edwards.

Gwendolyn Edwards For the role, Edwards had the chance to get her hands dirty with research. "I had a wealth of information at my fingertips, and that's really kind of a playground for an actor to work in because I had access to things she had written, music she had composed, and photographs of her. I got talk to her descendents and to visit her grave as well!"

"Once I started doing research into Eveline's history, I began to feel this responsibility to get it right and portray her the best that I could," she explains, and critics rewarded her for a job well-done. Of her performance, the LA Times proclaimed "the film's long suit is the chemistry between the leads; newcomer Gwendolyn Edwards shows spark as the beautiful 'Eveline!'" Further testament to her performance was the acquisition of the movie by THINKfilm, a distribution company that boasts several Academy Awards and is riding the buzz of their latest hot property, the Ryan Gosling starrer Half Nelson.

Edwards, who hails from the Midwest by way of Charlotte, now calls Hollywood home, and it looks like she's here to stay. For a long, long time.

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