Is Gillian Jacobs going to be the next actress/director power player in Hollywood? This is one of the intriguing questions that is being discussed and asked by some entertainment agents and movie studio executives after her successful directorial performance of the "Queen of Code" documentary.
The "Community" star actress revealed in an interview with Glamour that prior to getting the opportunity to direct "Queen of Code" she had been pitching ideas to ESPN 30 for 30 films about doing a sports based documentary. None of her ideas interested ESPN but her perseverance must have made an impression because they offered her the opportunity to direct a documentary about Grace Hopper, the woman responsible for bring computers to the masses (Glamour - February 2).
Gillian Jacobs making the move to work behind the camera was not something that could be ignored because she is an actress who is great demand and will be seen in several projects in 2015.
In addition to returning to her role on "Community" she will play a feature role in five episodes on the HBO television hit series "Girls" in which she plays a multimedia artist who doesn't see eye-to-eye with Hannah played by Lena Dunham and is on screens in the provocative, conversation staring movie "Black or White" opposite Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer.
When an actor gets juicy roles such as these they generally do not think about making the move to behind the camera as they try to take advantage of being in such demand but when someone has the goal of becoming a 'decision maker', they act in the manner of Gillian Jacobs and do 'both' hence the belief among some entertainment observers that she is a potential power player as both an actress and director.
Gillian Jacobs is making her presence known in Hollywood both in front and behind the camera is someone who by the end of 2015 will very likely start to be looked at as one of those individuals who both takes and create jobs which could be viewed as 'code' for being 'a power player'.