As the child of parents in the acting and production industries, it seems inevitable that she would end up on screen. However, without her perseverance and practice, she wouldn’t have earned the fame she has today. Hannah Gross is a Canadian actress, who has appeared in various films in supporting roles, minor roles, and leading roles, and even had a brief stint on stage. Despite her relatively prolific work in the industry, Gross earned her reputation and broke into the mainstream through her portrayal of crime-fighting sidekick Debbie Mitford on the hit Netflix crime series “Mindhunter.”
Early life and family
Hannah Gross was born on September 25, 1990 in Ontario, Canada; she is the daughter of Paul Gross and Martha Burns, and the younger sister of Jack Gross. Looking at her parents, it seems that some of her future can be predicted – Paul Gross is an actor, producer and writer with extensive credits to his name, most recently seen in “Tales of the City” (2019) . Her mother is equally entrenched in the industry, having appeared in “Moon Dog” (2018) and even has a string of production and directing credits to her name such as “Robin and Mark and Richard III” (2016). However, it wasn’t always clear that Gross would follow in her parents’ footsteps; she was an unusually shy child, who avoided the limelight.
Gross had an adventurous childhood. She would often visit her grandmother, who grew up in Alberta, Canada. The two would take long walks and hunt for bones, which developed and nurtured a deep interest in archeology for Gross. Hannah also developed a love for theater and film when she received a VHS copy of “The Matrix” at the age of nine. She has watched the movie over and over and to this day it holds a special place in her heart. She and a friend even worked at Hooters after getting their bartending licenses — needless to say, Gross hated the job and was relieved when she was finally able to break into the entertainment industry.
Hannah Gross studied at the Trisch School of the Arts, which is under the auspices of New York University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and, as an indication of her eccentricity, minored in religious studies. Gross’s degree in theater served her well, as she would later perform on stage and even direct a play of her own.
Theater and film
Hannah landed her first movie role in 2002 playing an uncredited role in “Men with Brooms”. She played several other small roles in the following years, but finally landed a slightly bigger role in “Drei Madchen” in 2005.
Since it took so long for her acting career to take off, she took a temporary break from the screen and sought other avenues of acting.
Following the path she had laid by studying theater, Gross set her sights on the stage. Almost immediately, her efforts were rewarded with prominent roles and recognition. She played Katie in the Young Center for the Performing Arts’ “Doc” in 2010, and then went on to play coveted roles in both “Talk to me Like the Rain” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 2012, which she also directed. giving her a rounded perspective on the acting industry.
After her brief internship, Hannah Gross returned to the screen in 2013, landing her first major screen roles. She played Abby, a co-lead in the movie “I Used to be Darker”, and her first leading role in the titular role in “Lydia Hoffman, Lydia Hoffman”. Now established in the industry and gaining recognition, Gross was contracted to appear in ever-expanding roles in subsequent years.
In 2017, Hannah Gross landed the role that would give her quest for fame a huge boost when she was cast as Debbie Mitford in the Netflix TV series Mindhunter. This was a role that required gravitas and superb skills, both of which Gross fulfilled with professionalism and aplomb.
She received several accolades for the role and it turned out to be a pivotal moment in her career. Gross went on to play recognized roles in the popular series “The Sinner” and “Deadwax”, both in 2018, and then played young Penny Fleck in “The Joker”.
If Hannah Gross is in a romantic relationship, she’s done an excellent job of keeping the public in the dark. Gross lives a life as private as a celebrity’s life can get, and doesn’t talk about her personal life to the media.
As far as can be determined, Gross is not romantically involved with anyone, not even telling Interview magazine in 2007 that “women in their mid-twenties should never be serious about dating.” With Gross entering the latter part of her twenties, we can now see her getting into dating.
Hannah Gross is 1.7m tall and weighs 55kg. While the length of her hair ranges from a bob to longer than shoulder length, it can be described as a medium brown shade, though it can appear redder at times.
She has blue eyes and a slim figure. Hannah enjoys dressing in stylish clothes, a by-product of her love of shopping, and has used her looks to throw herself into the modeling industry – though she considers this just a hobby.
Net worth and salary
At this stage, Gross has appeared in over 25 feature films, multiple stage plays and more recently TV series. While her salary for these jobs has not been disclosed, Gross has certainly earned enough money to live a comfortable and luxurious life. Hannah Gross has an estimated net worth of over $1 million as of 2020.