Amy Heckerling is one of the most successful female film directors of our time, making her mark early in her career with Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Her most successful film, Clueless, which she wrote and directed, was her favorite. In casting her movies she looked for the actor that would perfectly embody her vision for the part, and, by casting relatively unknown or new actors in her movie roles, she often jumpstarted their careers. She herself fought for her place in the film world. In an interview for IndieWire with Kate Erbland, she said, “The world’s always going to tell you no. You need that little voice inside you that goes, ‘Smack them off!’ ” About being a female director she said, “It’s, what is it, Ginger Rogers? ‘You can’t just dance with Fred Astaire, you’ve got to do it in a long dress and high heels and backwards.”