01 Clea Duvall
DuVall grew up loving Christmas movies, but there was always a problem with them: Her experience as a queer woman was never onscreen. So after more than two decades as an actress, including a career-defining performance in the LGBTQ cult comedy But I’m a Cheerleader, she decided to stop waiting around for someone else to make the film she desperately wanted to see. With last winter’s Happiest Season, which she co-wrote and directed, DuVall made history by creating the first holiday rom-com about a same-sex couple to hail from a major studio (Sony’s TriStar Pictures and eOne sold the feature to Hulu). A semiautobiographical take on DuVall’s own experiences with her family, the coming-out story stars Mackenzie Davis and Kristen Stewart as a couple navigating a Christmas break with conservative parents. It struck a chord with audiences, breaking premiere records for the streamer with the most viewership for any original film during its debut weekend. Her voice can currently be heard on the animated Fox sitcom Housebroken, about a group of neighborhood pets, a show that she co-created and executive produces.