'Man of Steel' Gets a Touch of Steel-Town Passion

By Gormly, Kellie B | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 8, 2013 | Go to article overview

'Man of Steel' Gets a Touch of Steel-Town Passion


Gormly, Kellie B, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Air Force Capt. Carrie Farris -- a character in "Man of Steel," the latest Superman incarnation -- would have made a good reporter, like Lois Lane, says the Pittsburgh actor who plays the officer.

Christina Ghubril Wren, a North Side native, says her tough Farris character perceives a lot about the world around her, says things out loud that most people are thinking, and asks questions that no one else is willing to ask. And though other members of her team see Superman as a sinister threat to be fought, Farris just senses, correctly, that Superman is one of the good guys.

"She's very intrigued by him and very interested," says Wren, a 2002 graduate of Perry High School. "Capt. Ferris is someone that ... actually has faith that Superman was good, that there was something about him that was to be trusted. ... She always had a sense that, 'I'm not sure we're doing the right thing.' "

"Man of Steel," which opened on June 14, adds to Wren's resume of acting credits, which includes Sophia in "Saudade?," and roles in shorts such as "Allo," "Static Shock Blackout" and "Coffeeshop Philosophers."

"It's a really fun, action-packed picture," Wren says about the new Superman film. Her Farris character is "a nice little addition to the team there."

Wren, who graduated in 2006 with a BFA degree in drama and pan- African studies from New York University, grew up in a house near Riverview Park. Many members of her family live here, including her parents, Saleem and Patti Ghubril. (Saleem Ghubril is the executive director of Pittsburgh Promise. …

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