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04.18.2014
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Talking Sundance With Festival's Latest Breakout Stars

Maika Monroe, Joshua Wiggins and Desiree Akhavan attended a party hosted by Verge magazine on Saturday night.

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On Saturday night, Maika Monroe was at Village at the Lift in Park City, Utah for a party in her honor by Verge magazine, which has put the actress on its latest cover. Monroe was at the Sundance Film Festival with the thriller "The Guest," which also stars the former heartthrob from "Downton Abbey," Dan Stevens.

“Tonight was my first time seeing the film,” Monroe said. “That was crazy but it was so much fun. The whole audience was laughing and cheering.”

Monroe was initially surprised by Stevens' casting.

“When I knew that I was going to work with Dan I watched ‘Downton Abbey’ and I was like, ‘Wow, this guy’s an incredible actor, but how is he going to pull this off? It’s a totally different role and I mean, let’s see how it goes,'" she recalled. Her opinion quickly changed.

"I remember the first day working with him and I was absolutely blown away by his transformation. His accent, how he walked, everything," she said.

The party was also attended by a couple of other breakouts of this year's festival, like Joshua Wiggins, a young actor in the film "Hellion," and Desiree Akhavan, the actor and filmmaker behind "Appropriate Behavior."

Akhavan was taking a respite from the non-stop life of your average struggling indie filmmaker.

“I write a lot. I have two other scripts in production and an animated series coming out. You sort of have to keep four burners going at once, and God willing, something works out," she said.

Taking in the scene was Scoot McNairy, who already had his breakout two years ago with supporting, but memorable, turns in studio films "Argo" and "Killing Them Softly," and came to Sundance this year with "Frank," a small quirky comedy that co-stars A-listers Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. “I had no idea how the movie would be received. You just sort put it out there of hope for the best," he said. He returns to big-budget territory later this year with the feverishly-awaited film adaptation of "Gone Girl," which stars his "Argo" director Ben Affleck.

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