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Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
Channeling: Liv Tyler. Though she portrays a conflicted young woman struggling to hide a taboo relationship in “A Teacher,” off-screen, Burdge’s giggle and grin recall Tyler in her ingénue days.
Known For: The indie “All the Light in the Sky,” directed by Joe Swanberg.
Sundance Moment: Burdge carries “A Teacher” as Diana, a high school English teacher who falls for one of her male students. “I went to an all-girls school so I had to do some research. I read a lot of anonymous essays by teachers, which were very honest because there was no fear of judgment there.”
Connections: Burdge made student films while she was at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, but she met “A Teacher” director Hannah Fidell while she was working at Ridley Scott’s film and commercial production company as a producer and Fidell was a receptionist. “Hannah said she cast me because I was the only actress she knew,” said Burdge.
Up Next: Another female-directed indie shot in Austin, “The Sideways Light.”