It’s a bit of a tired cliché in Hollywood. After years of being on the silver screen, A-list actors decide they want to be the ones who are really in charge: the man in the director chair. Big names like Mel Gibson, George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Clint Eastwood have all made their names even bigger by producing blockbusters from behind the camera.
But now, another change is taking place. More and more female actors are stepping up to try their hand at directing, too — and they are making waves. From Angelina Jolie and Jodie Foster to Kristen Stewart, top lady actors are producing movies that rock.
For instance, did you know Jodie Foster has directed episodes of Orange Is the New Black and Black Mirror? Or that Kirsten Dunst is working on an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and has even tapped Dakota Fanning to star in it?
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest movers and shakers.
A version of this article was originally published in August 2017.