Susan Johnson: As you've probably deduced from the photo above, Johnson directed one of our favorite movies of 2018, Netflix's impossibly charming teen rom-com To All the Boys I've Loved Before. She also helmed the sweet indie feature Carrie Pilby, which, like TATBILB, is based on a popular YA novel and features a smart, relatable leading lady. And according to TATBILB star Lana Condor, working with her is a dream.
"Susan was wonderful. … She was always so supportive and she was everyone's number one fan," Condor told Brit + Co of Johnson. "She was wonderful, she was passionate, she knew what she wanted, and she fought for a lot of things on [author] Jenny [Han]'s behalf. She's the epitome of a strong female director — well, a strong director. Take the sex away from it. She was just a strong director, period." (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)