Gina Wendkos

Job description: Screenwriter

Breakthrough: After writing her first script, “Coyote Ugly,” for Jerry Bruckheimer, proving she wasn’t a fluke with the $100 million-plus grosser “The Princess Diaries.”

In the works: Just turned in a back-door pilot for Showtime and Bruckheimer, “Extreme Behavior,” which examines the life of four prostitutes; now penning “The Princess Diaries 2.”

“I guess all my stuff is chick stories,” says Gina Wendkos, an underground performance artist-turned-sitcom scribe (“Can’t Hurry Love”) who found happiness as a top Hollywood screenwriter.

Wendkos made her name in Hollywood with “Coyote Ugly,” the first Jerry Bruckheimer picture that featured a woman with something to do other than being a love interest. That said, she doesn’t find it odd that her primary patron is a producer whose name is commonly considered a synonym for “testosterone.”

“I did have that impression before I met him, but he’s not like that at all,” Wendkos says. “He’s very gentle and story-driven. I learned a lot on how to craft a story from that house.”

She also credits Bruckheimer with encouraging her to pen “Extreme Behavior,” a tale backed by two years’ worth of interviewing and researching the lives of four Los Angeles call girls. Like her “Princess Diaries,” the story of a New York teen who feels like a geek and hates school, she considers “Extreme” a somewhat personal story.

“When I was a senior in high school, I wrote an essay on the history of prostitution,” says Wendkos. Her grade? B — the highest she ever received.

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