Nefcy believes the filmmaking experience she got at CalArts was crucial in preparing her for the challenges of helming her own show. She points out that on a student film, an animator is forced to take on every aspect of production — not just the fun stuff. She also learned a lot from her gig on Wander Over Yonder, learning on the job alongside veteran creator Craig McCracken.
Since the show is meant to have a continuing arc (i.e., when someone accidentally gets turned into a troll, they better hope Star gets around to fixing them quickly), Nefcy admits one of the challenges has been to rein in all the awesomeness. “We’re always thinking about where to take the show next, and sometimes we need to pull back a little … We have a show where characters are at school and at home and going to other dimensions, and stuff she’s dealing with being a princess, and there’s evil forces — somehow it all seems to mesh together.”
Something that drew notice when the show was first announced is the fact that this is the first animated series for Disney TV created by a woman. But Nefcy considers herself to be just an edge on a rising trend, noting that the traditional animation “boys club” hasn’t been an issue during her career. She also points out that the Star team is mostly female, many of them recent graduates.
“The thing I’m most proud of in the show is Star’s character. She’s unique and funny and she’s a dork,” Nefcy says. “She feels like a real girl to me. But she’s not perfect. She makes mistakes, and can be kind of selfish, and I think that’s all great! I hope she’s a character people can relate to. Probably being a female show creator — how could it not help with that?”