Karen Leigh Hopkins - Screenwriter & Film Director

Who was your childhood hero?

Millie Poggiali. My Aunt. She is my daughters' namesake and was a visionary with giant ideas that even a small town could not contain. She was a woman who did things her way and always with a flourish. She taught me how to enter a room and be seen. She chewed Beemans gum and snapped it every third time. She also snapped her black long line bra with aplomb when it rode up. She coined the phrase " ain no sonuvabitch worth it. which i have at long last lived by.

When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?

An actress who wore satin gowns and slept in champagne satin bedding. I still want that, but I should probably grow up first.

When are you most comfortable in your own skin?

May I get back to you next lifetime on that one?

Do you feel you have met your own expectations?

never. but I love waking up every day to the possibility that this day I will get closer to them. and sometimes that happens.

How do you measure success?

With the size of an ice cream cone.

What is the first thing you do when you start your work day

I wake my hunkasaurous of a labrador up and say the little phrases I try to live by to him, okay, with him, along with wishes some call prayers for people I love, and those that suffer. Coffee.

How do you spend Sunday?

Working but in a way I trick myself. A quick trip to the 99c store. Then I'll do some gardening of plants I've either acquired, or am bringing back to life, drink a Mexican Coke, possibly bake in between work and then try to visit a friend or watch a film.

Super power or spirit animal, which and why?

Super Power I can find good shit cheap. It is a fun game for me. I love doing it for others. Many friends give me a list of things they need and I don't buy it, I acquire it and I don't mean by outright stealing. By scrappy hook and crook. A; My spirit animal is a deer. They live with fear but find a way to be graceful and their unique tender selves despite where they are in nature's pecking order. They amaze me. Once I looked out the window at 6:46pm and one was walking down my block and I do not live in a Nature Reserve.

How did you spend your last birthday?

every day is my birthday. so, yesterday i did stuff.



Past Projects include, Miss Meadows, Stepmom, Because I Said So. Currently writing an original series for Netflix on the most prolific female serial killer in 1650's Italy. writing a producing a female comedy for Sony Pictures


19 comments


  • Terry

    She is beautiful inside and out…timeless. Love you!


  • Michael Mann

    I have the distinction of knowing this special soul since 1981
    Her spirit and amazing joy of life is so apparent to anyone she has encountered. I am proud and blessed to call her a friend


  • Farrah Khaleghi

    Karen does something every day to make an impact. Whether it’s changing how someone feels, or expanding our thoughts to consider the perspective of another. And, Karen, after knowing her for over two decades, has taught me something yet again: tricking yourself into working still counts as getting the work done.


  • Winnie

    These fascinating and inspiring responses really capture the wonder and glorious originality that is Karen Leigh Hopkins 💕


  • Raquel

    Loved this Q&A! Karen is not only an amazing writer but mentor… One who takes pride in raising other female talent up as well!


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