At a newsstand once I saw an Esquire magazine with the headline “Women We Love.” I eagerly leafed through the magazine, figuring I was going to see great glossy photos of hot women. Instead, the women they loved were like Golda Meir and Madeline Albright. Still, it was a great feature and very effectively made the point that the women we love don’t have to be hot. So I’m stealing the concept. Here are some women I love (and to me they all are hot). NOTE: These are only SOME of the women. There are many others.
EDEN SHER – She plays Sue on THE MIDDLE and is far and away the funniest girl on television. Why she doesn’t have five Emmys is beyond me. While most kids in sitcoms are stereotypes, Eden’s portrayal of a gawky teenager is 100% real and 200% hilarious.
CONSTANCE WU – Second funniest lady on TV. But you know that. I gushed about her a couple of weeks ago.
VIOLA DAVIS – The very definition of a television star. She lights up the screen. You can’t take your eyes off of her. Writers can get away with murder with Viola as their lead.
PAM FRYMAN -- In a predominantly male industry, she's one of the best sitcom directors in the business. Among her many credits -- all of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. I'm a director, but when I had a pilot a few years ago I still hired Pam Fryman over myself. And it was a wise choice.
TATIANA MASLANY -- See my post on ORPHAN BLACK. She's the five best actresses in North America.
OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON – NPR Ghana correspondent. Very thorough and okay, I just love that someone uses that name on the radio. In my day she’d be Sally Adams.
ILANA GLAZER & ABBI JACOBSON – The Romy & Michele of Millennials.
KELLI O’HARA – When is she going to win a damn Tony already?
ROBIN ROBERTS – The gold standard in class and grace.
NAHNATCHKA KHAN – A comedy writer/showrunner not afraid to go for laughs instead of mild detached irony. Created FRESH OFF THE BOAT and the underrated B____ IN APARTMENT 23.
TARAJI P. HENSON – Viola Davis with more bling. With all the good things going for EMPIRE, she’s the best thing.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY – Okay, so I have a crush on her. But she’s a damn good actress… isn’t she?
AUDRA MCDONALD – Broadway royalty who understands you don’t have to belt every song (like some “Frozen” diva I know).
OLIVIA MUNN – See Keira Knightley.
MAGGIE SMITH – The only reason to still watch DOWNTON ABBEY.
VALERIE GELLER – Radio consultant who believes listeners want entertaining, informative compelling personalities and not soulless voice tracked generic drones. So she’s an industry maverick.
RUTH BADER GINSBURG – The hottest Supreme Court Justice ever.
MARGO MARTINDALE – As long as there’s this list, she will be on it.
Who are some of your favorite women?