Executive Producer She-Ra (Netflix/ DreamWorks) Noelle Stevenson recalls the first movie she saw in theaters. “It was DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt, and I was obsessed with it,” she says. “My parents were pretty strict about what I could and couldn’t watch, so I couldn’t watch the Disney princesses — except for Cinderella — but for some reason, Scooby-Doo made the safe list!”
While studying illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she creat- ed the popular Nimona webcomic, which was then turned into a graphic novel and optioned by Fox Animation in 2015; followed by the Eisner Award-winning LumberJanes comic. After moving to L.A., she was approached to write an episode of Bravest Warriors, which led to a writing gig on Craig McCracken’s Wander Over Yonder at Disney TV. “I was 22 and had no idea what I was doing, but they gave me a shot, and I’m so grateful for it,” she tells us. “It was a great experience and I miss that show all the time.”
These days, the talented 26-year-old Columbia, South Carolina native is busy running one of the hottest shows of the year: the upcoming Netflix reboot of She-Ra. “I’ve always been hungry for fantasy and sci-fi that heavily featured women,” says Stevenson. “She-Ra was ahead of its time in that sense, and we still don’t see action/adventure with female leads nearly as much as I would like these days. That’s starting to change, which is very exciting. It’s the perfect moment for She-Ra to return!”
Stevenson loves all the possibilities that a mostly female cast opens to the creative team. “We’re not constrained to having only aspirational female characters, they can be heroic and villainous and silly and emotional and angry and loud and strong and weak — you know, human.” So, what can fans expect to see in the new series? “Rainbows, spaceships, pirates, sparkles, tears, robots, magic, technology, mystery, mythology, teen angst, and just so many super-powered princesses,” she promises. “Just so many!” edy short set in the backwoods of Louisiana about body swapping and a coven of chickens.
He is also generous with helpful tips for animation job-hunters. “I’ve found that having a unique point of view and personal sensibility that rings loud and clear in your work is even more important than your portfolio,” Jiron offers. “Not only will your personal work reflect you and your voice, it’s also the fastest way of learning skill and craft!”