This 45-year-old actor, director, and producer was diagnosed with dyslexia while attending middle school in Louisiana. She later studied International Relations in college.

She’s been nominated for an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and won a Daytime Emmy Award for Oustanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special. She’s also directed a music video for Prince and executive produced a popular, award-winning but short-lived TV series on ABC. Now, she’s CEO of her own film production company.

Glamour magazine called her the Woman of the Year in 2001, Entertainment Weekly ranked her #17 on their list of “25 Smartest People in TV” and 65% of the US population would use the term ‘sexy’ to describer her. That number seems INCREDIBLY low. She IS the definition of sexy.