Miranda Bailey

The Creator of a Female-Driven Rotten Tomatoes

Miranda Bailey has coined a new term: “Over-multi-tasking.” And she readily admits to doing it. That must be why she’s not only a director, actress and producer, but also the founder of The Cherry Picks—a female-driven version of Rotten Tomatoes, launching this fall, that’s poised to bring new narratives to the critical discussion.

When did you realize what you wanted to do in your life?

“When I was 8 years old, my father took me to visit his friend Brian Dennehy on the set of a movie called Little Miss Marker. Once I saw the gigantic doll house (set) and the live dolls (actors), I knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I haven’t looked back since.”

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

“Raising my two children to be thoughtful, creative, loving humans is by far my greatest accomplishment. Giving birth to them is up there as well.”

What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your job that they probably don’t?

“The highs are really, really high. And the lows can be heart crushing.”

What does being a woman mean to you today?

“This last year I’ve really felt a sense of sisterhood among women. We don’t have to compete with each other. Being a woman today is lifting up ourselves and each other. There’s room for all of us to make this world a better and more loving place to live in.”

What advice do you have for other women working toward their own dreams?

“You are going to die one day. So fit as much in as you can and don’t be afraid to suck. Failure doesn’t really exist. It’s just a step towards success. So go for it.”

Desert island question: If you could bring only three things, what would they be?

“A water purifier, a knife and the book The World According to Garp.”

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