Brit Marling learned to live on the cheap after dumpster diving summer

Actress Brit Marling learned to live on the cheap by spending a summer traveling with her writing partner and surviving off food they found in dumpsters. The Arbitrage and Another Earth star and her director pal Zal Batmanglij hit the road in 2009 and spent two months living for free as inspiration for their raw new movie The East, about the rise against corporate culture, and Marling insists it was an eye-opening experience.
She tells Glamour magazine, “We wanted to have a summer adventure. We learned to train-hop and Dumpster dive, which sounds gross, but I actually made restaurant-worthy vegan meals out of food from a Dumpster. My whole perspective on the world shifted, and I came back wanting to tell stories about the experience.”
And the 29 year old admits her mum and dad were worried she’d lost her way after hearing about their daughter’s plans, joking, “My parents… thought I’d lost my mind… By that point… I’d studied economics and art at Georgetown University (in Washington, D.C.), then passed on an investment banking job and headed to Cuba to make a documentary.”