Idol worship: Rose Troche, director/writer/producer.
- While studying film at the University of Illinois, Chicago, she made several short films, including Let's Go Back to My Apartment and Have Sex, This War is Not Over and the Gabriella series of short films.
- During the making of the latter, she met and started a relationship with actress/writer Guinevere Turner, which led to their breakthrough project, Go Fish. The groundbreaking independent film, one of the first lesbian-themed movies to deal with the subject honestly and realistically, was a film festival favorite and won several awards.
- Following the success of Go Fish, she directed the gay romantic comedy Bedrooms and Hallways and the Glenn Close drama The Safety of Objects.
- For television, she not only wrote and directed several episodes of The L Word, but also served as producer of the landmark series.
- Her other TV credits include directing episodes of Six Feet Under, Touching Evil and Ugly Betty.