A former advisor to President Obama, Mastromonaco brings experience from Washington, DC, to her current role at A+E, where she serves as a liaison with Viceland, which she helped launch. Earlier this year, she published the book “Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House.” Her favorite female TV characters are those who populated HBO series “Girls.” “Each had such an evolution that it was literally joyful to watch,” Mastromonaco says.

Who is your favorite current female TV character and why?
I think every single cast member of “Girls” this last and final season was brilliant and each had such an evolution that it was literally joyful to watch.

What is one way the industry can continue to evolve in ridding itself of gender discrimination?
Women making movies about women with strong female leads—much like “Big Little Lies” and the ethos of “Hello Sunshine”

What famous woman, living or deceased, would you like to have dinner with?
Stevie Nicks or Jennifer Aniston

Best advice for relieving stress?
I enjoy canning. My peach jam is very good. Also, of course, watching Lifetime movies.

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