THE XX FAC­TOR

IN TESTOS­TERONE-FU­ELED TIN­SEL­TOWN, MEET THREE WOMEN WHO HAVE BRO­KEN THROUGH THE CEL­LU­LOID CEIL­ING.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY SPENCER BECK

In testos­terone-fu­eled Tin­sel­town, meet three women who have bro­ken through the cel­lu­loid ceil­ing.

On the sil­ver screen, women have held their own in Hol­ly­wood for years. In the front of­fice, not so much. Th­ese days, the fairer sex is kick­ing up their game big-time, one de­signer high-heel at a time. This May, won­der wo­man/ pow­er­house Dany Gar­cia, co­founder of Seven Bucks Pro­duc­tions (and a pro body­builder in her spare time!) is exec-pro­duc­ing the muchan­tic­i­pated Bay­watch, star­ring her ex-hus­band and biz part­ner, Dwayne John­son, Hol­ly­wood’s high­est-paid ac­tor. An­other tough gal, ac­tress-turned-pro­ducer Leah Rem­ini is rein­vent­ing her­self once again, this time part­ner­ing with A&E for the buzzy round two of her gutsy mem­oir-turned-doc­u­men­tary, Leah Rem­ini: Scien­tol­ogy and the Af­ter­math. And up­stairs at MGM, Se­nior VP Shel­ley Reid some­how finds time to lead Vi­sion­ary Women, a non­profit that sup­ports women’s ini­tia­tives, as well as chair the big­gest fash­ion event in LA, the Otis Col­lege of Art & De­sign An­nual Schol­ar­ship Ben­e­fit and Fash­ion Show.

Who says brawn, brains, and beauty are mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive? Not any of th­ese power gals.

DANY GAR­CIA, 48

THE PRO­DUCER How much of suc­cess is tim­ing and luck?

It isn’t—it’s be­ing rooted au­then­ti­cally in what you want to ex­e­cute.

Do you feel women in Hol­ly­wood are un­der­rep­re­sented?

Ab­so­lutely! Ev­ery dis­cus­sion ben­e­fits from a wo­man’s per­spec­tive at the ta­ble.

If you were men­tor­ing a young wo­man start­ing in the In­dus­try to­day, what would your ad­vice be?

Be com­fort­able with the de­liv­ery of your point of view, and sur­round your­self with sup­port­ive peo­ple who be­lieve deeply in what you’re do­ing.

Who is your ideal em­ployee?

One who un­der­stands no great thing is ever ac­com­plished alone.

Do you have any re­grets? Not trust­ing my­self sooner and at a younger age. What’s the se­cret to jug­gling a pow­er­house busi­ness, fam­ily, and hob­bies (like body­build­ing!)?

Cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that sup­ports every­thing you want to do and weed­ing out the things that don’t. Fa­vorite movies? His­tor­i­cally and into the fu­ture, it’s pretty much the en­tire Dis­ney an­i­mated slate! Do you have a se­cret spot in LA?

The Ho­tel Bel-Air, be­cause it was my first “home away from home” in Los An­ge­les. The staff makes the visit feel like I’m with fam­ily.

What are the three things you still want to do?

There are millions! But up next is writ­ing a book, ex­pand­ing my part­ner­ships in the health and fit­ness in­dus­try… and in­vest­ing in restau­rants!

Life’s a beach for pro­ducer/body­builder/ Hol­ly­wood won­der wo­man Dany Gar­cia, who is exec-pro­duc­ing this May’s killer com­edy, Bay­watch (the movie!), star­ring her ex-hus­band and biz part­ner, Dwayne John­son (right, cen­ter), as well as Zac Efron and...

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