“The women who made me”

Hol­ly­wood’s queen of com­edy re­veals her seven ca­reer hero­ines.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamour Star Track - By Rebel Wil­son

Amy Poehler Com­edy writer, pro­ducer and ac­tress

When I first came to the US, I was no one, yet Amy sat down and gave me ad­vice. She said, “No mat­ter how funny you are, if you want the right roles, you have to write and de­velop them your­self. Oth­er­wise, you’ll be the ‘funny friend’ or ‘silly sis­ter’ for the rest of your ca­reer.” It was great ad­vice.

KAY KAY Can­non Can­non Writer of Pitch Pitch Per­fect Per­fect

In Pitch Per­fect, Kay has writ­ten 10 bril­liant fe­male roles, and they’ve in­spired and given op­por­tu­ni­ties to young comic ac­tresses. The new wave of fe­male com­edy is partly thanks to ex­cel­lent Hol­ly­wood writ­ers like Kay.

mrs Bow­maker High school drama teacher

I was so­cially awk­ward and su­per shy in high school, but Mrs Bow­maker en­cour­aged me to en­ter Tour­na­ment of Minds [a cre­ative com­pe­ti­tion in Aus­tralia], fea­tur­ing seg­ments like im­pro­vis­ing. I came out of my shell, and if it weren’t for her, I don’t think I’d be where I am.

jen­nifer saun­ders Com­edy writer and ac­tress

I cried when I met Jen­nifer last year – that’s how big a fan I am. I emailed her af­ter­wards and wrote, “I would love to work with you if the op­por­tu­nity ever came up.” Then I got the phone call to make a cameo in Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous: The Movie. I’m de­lighted!

Bette mi­dler Singer and ac­tress

I first met her two years ago in New York, back­stage at a Broad­way show she was star­ring in. We chat­ted for 45 min­utes about singing and my ca­reer, and she shared sto­ries of strug­gling in her own ca­reer. Bette is an ut­terly in­spir­ing woman.

Anna Ken­drick Ac­tress and co-star

I am so lucky that I got to do all of the scenes with Anna for Pitch Per­fect. I’m so lucky to call her a friend both in and out of work. And she’s just as funny in real life!

oprah win­frey Chat-show host and owner of the OWN TV net­work

Af­ter I caught malaria dur­ing a gap year in Africa, I was so ill I hal­lu­ci­nated that I was an ac­tress. Af­ter­wards, I watched Oprah every day and she said, “If some­thing keeps telling you to do some­thing, you must do it.” I took that as a sign that I was go­ing to be an ac­tress. No one thought that would be a ca­reer path for me but, guess what: it worked out!

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