Miranda July didn’t need art school to become the multi-talented artist, filmmaker, actress, and author that she is. After dropping out of UC Santa Cruz, July moved to Portland and quickly earned recognition for her performance art before making serious strides as a filmmaker. Her debut film (which she also stars in), Me and You and Everyone We Know, won numerous awards at Cannes, Sundance, and the L.A. Film Festival. In 2014 she went on to release an app called Somebody, where users can send a message to an unknown Somebody user near them, creating a rare offline/online connection and meeting opportunity. Dozens of films, books, and other projects later, July interviewed (and subsequently befriended) Rihanna for the New York Times Style Magazine, giving us Rih’s most revealing interview in years.