LOS ANGELES--When women get behind the camera, they’re a force to be reckoned with--armed with voices to be heard and stories to tell. Over the last few years, the brazen ladies over at Glamour have championed a cause called "Reel Moments" to not only inspire more stories about women on the big screen, but to also push our favorite leading ladies (Demi Moore and Jennifer Aniston have been past participants) to take hold of the director’s chair and steer their cinematic talents behind the camera for a change.
On Monday afternoon, Glamour and Clarisonic hosted a ladies luncheon at the Soho House in LA to allow this year’s Reel Moments directors Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria and Olivia Wilde to chat about their directorial debuts. They confessed to everything from a need to please to the shock/pleasure of not having to sit through hair and makeup.
“I'm naturally bossy, so I felt right at home. We had to move fast and think on our feet—which comes quite naturally as a woman--but trust me, I was afraid of disappointing,” Eva Longoria said. “As an actor, you just hope they edit things right and make you look good. As a director, everything is in your hands. You become very insightful and sharp real quick!” Nodding in agreement, Wilde reflected on how the experience has changed her entire perspective: “Not being in front of the camera was eye-opening because for once I was no longer called in for hair and makeup—and I cherished that! To be valued for everything but my looks was amazing!” she said while discussing directing her short film, Free Hugs, which tells the story of heartbreak in a funny, candid way.
And imparting possibly the strongest message of them all, Zoe Saldana, who heads a production company with her sister (and also runs fashion geek site MyFDB), commanded the mic and urged the crowd to find empowerment amongst one another. “As women, we’re conditioned to be submissive and we've somehow lost the confidence to lead. Now I think there are a lot of women out there who are trying to break ground and we need to not be afraid to follow them. We have to speak up and believe in one another,” Saldana said.
But does that mean we need to fight the guys? Nope. Saldana continued, “And for the record, this is about inspiring and educating each other—not just battling the men. We need them! I love men."
And there you have it. Lesson learned, ladies: You’ve got to work like a man, but work it like a woman.