Noelle Steven­son

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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!”

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