REEL TIME: Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Eva Longoria made their directorial debuts at the Director’s Guild of America on Monday for the West Coast Glamour Reel Moments event, which drew supporters including Amber Heard, Justin Long and Carey Mulligan.

Jaclyn Jonet, who starred in Wilde’s short “Free Hugs,” about hitting rock bottom after a break up, gushed about her director and long-time friend saying, “I am so proud of her, I could weep. She wrote it and directed it and it comes from such a real place.”

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The other debuts were equally emotional. The audience did their best to hold back tears when viewing “Kaylien,” directed by Saldana, about a fourth grader dealing with autism, and Longoria’s “A Proper Sendoff,” about a woman who finds out she is a carrier of the breast cancer gene. Afterwards, Longoria, one of television’s top earning actresses this year, described the experience in a primarily men’s profession as an “amazing project to empower women to get behind a camera to direct, write and produce.”

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