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Vanessa Parise

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7. Vanessa Parise makes highly relatable, female-driven dramas

If a movie about a pop star getting kidnapped by an obsessive fan sounds right up for your alley, watch PopFan, directed by Vanessa Parise. Her greatest skill is telling stories about women who are sexy and thrilling, but not soapy or over the top. She manages to bring out the drama while still maintaining the honest voice of her characters.

About working with her actors, Parise said, “I think the best performances come when the audience doesn’t know what the actor is going to do next — it’s that real.”

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