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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Hylda Queally
    Motion picture talent agent, CAA

    Picture the front row of a typical Academy Awards ceremony, and there’s sure to be at least one Queally client sitting pretty. The Ireland native, 51, handles such Oscar-bait imports as Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Michelle Williams and Jessica Chastain as well as Matthias Schoenaerts, Guillaume Canet, Melanie Laurent, James Marsh and Rose Byrne. She helped Blanchett land roles in two Terrence Malick films (Knight of Cups and an untitled project) and one for Woody Allen and guided Chastain into the coveted female lead in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: When I realized there actually was a business. I started my own agency in Ireland at age 22.

    When I leave work each day, I can’t wait to: Kiss whomever is at home. Then I take off the high heels and put on the pajama bottoms.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Hike with the family. I love the outdoors. I’m a farm girl.

    Most surprising song on my iPod: “Legs” by ZZ Top.

    Totally starstruck around: [The late] Paul Newman.

    Best advice I’ve ever gotten: “Be respectful. Assistants can become leaders of studios some day.”

    Top three shows on my DVR: Master Chef, Antiques Roadshow (the British version) and anything on the Travel Channel.

    Embarrassed to admit I watch: Storage Wars.

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