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After graduating with her MFA in Set Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Molly began her design career in the downtown New York Off-Broadway theater scene of the late 1990s, before finding her way into the art department of New York feature films. After a chance opportunity to work as a model-maker for British Production Designer Stuart Craig (The Elephant Man, Gandhi, Dangerous Liaisons) Molly moved to London to work in the art department as a draftsperson on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2002. She went on to work for the next eight years on the franchise films, most notably as an art director on the David Yates directed Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 and 2.  After the final Harry Potter film, Molly was an Art Director on the Steven Spielberg film Warhorse and then Supervising Art Director on Tony Gilroy’s The Bourne Legacy.

Since becoming a Production Designer, Molly has collaborated with Ron Howard on his two most recent films, Thirteen Lives (Amazon/MGM) and Hillbilly Elegy (Netflix) and with Charlie Kaufman on I Am Thinking of Ending Things (Netflix) and his pilot How and Why (FX). She designed Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s American film debut Louder Than Bombs, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Amy Berg’s first scripted film Every Secret Thing, and Olivier-award winning theater director Thea Sharrock’s virtual reality/hybrid animation film The One and Only Ivan (Disney).  Molly designed the highly acclaimed box office success The Fault in Our Stars (Fox2000) with director Josh Boone and his follow-up film X-Men: The New Mutants (Fox).

Most recently, Molly again collaborated with David Yates to design his film Pain Hustlers (Netflix) to be released in October 2023.

Molly is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Art Directors Guild, and British Film Designers Guild. She has taught film design at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and guest-lectured at Ohio University and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She is focused on narrowing the gender gap in the field of Production Design for feature films where women make up less than one-quarter of the profession.  

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Lara Sackett

Creative Artists Agency

Los Angeles, CA

P: 424.288.3593

Thank you! - Molly Hughes

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