As half of a "superficial, homophobic" lesbian couple on the web series The Slope, Akhavan nailed one Brooklyn neighborhood's very particular blend of domesticity and dereliction of duty. For an encore, she wrote, directed and starred in Appropriate Behavior, a film that took on an even more specific set piece: single life in New York City. And once again, she got everything right.
The film was a hit at Sundance, and Akhavan's portrayal of a bisexual, Iranian-American twentysomething looking for love earned raves. It also earned her plenty of comparisons to Lena Dunham, which Akhavan didn't seem to mind – she's set to guest star on the upcoming season of Girls.