In a candid conversation, the co-writer and director of the new big-budget female buddy comedy/spy movie details the meandering career path and many professional setbacks that came before it. These days, it’s fairly routine for a young male director to be tapped for a big-budget project after releasing an acclaimed indie — take Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow, Kong: Skull Island‘s Jordan Vogt-Roberts or Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards. Such a career trajectory, however, still remains rare for female directors. The career of Susanna Fogel, who co-wrote and directed the big-budget action comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, released today, has more in common with that latter narrative than the former. After screening her first film at Toronto and Berlin film festivals at 14 years old, landing on the Black List in 2006 and releasing the well-received indie Life Partners in 2014, it took a series of what Fogel calls “professional disappointments” and “luck” to lead her to The Spy Who Dumped Me, released by Lionsgate. We had the pleasure of working closely will Susanna and we wish the movie nothing but success! Read more here and be sure to check it out in theaters today.