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Eva Longoria making Glamour film

Eva Longoria, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde are each directing a short film to bring the stories of Glamour magazine to the big screen.

The three Hollywood actresses are each helming a movie based on true-life stories of Glamour magazine readers, which will be released later this year.

Eva is pursuing the story of Alex, a 35-year-old woman who is forced to make a life-changing decision about having a double mastectomy.

The 36-year-old American star is casting for her film this week. She will begin shooting for her short movie later this month.

Eva revealed that the tragic story appealed to her on a number of levels, including the surprising humour that could be found.

“First of all, it was a surprisingly humorous story for such a serious topic. It also demonstrated the camaraderie and close friendship of a group of women who are trying to help their friend give her boobs a proper send-off before her double mastectomy,” she told WWD.

“And it had a great story arc. These are short films, and you need to be able to tell a story in less than 20 minutes.”

Zoe’s film is called Kaylien. It tells to story about a young schoolgirl who suffers from autism, who becomes the target of a group of bullies.

Zoe’s story hit close to home, and the stunning star says she called on her Hollywood contacts to pour her heart into the creation of her movie.

“My seven-year-old niece was getting bullied this year, so shedding light on that was very important to me,” she revealed.

“We know a lot of people who have kids with some form of autism, so I wanted that to be part of it. Then, I wanted to integrate what I love in filmmaking — motion — so I brought some of my colleagues from Avatar, including my assistant director, my stunt team, animators and the guys who trained me for the role for help. It took three days to shoot, because even though it’s short, it was the first Glamour film with motion capture, stunts and special effects.”

Olivia, who was recently named as a face of Revlon, is thrilled to be taking a director role.

The actress, who is currently starring in Cowboys & Aliens, says helming her own story is like a dream come true.

“I think it will make me a much better actress and it seems like something every actor should do at least once,” she said.

“Actors so often walk onto a set and believe that the process starts when we arrive and it ends when we leave. So I think the greatest discovery is how much work happens when the actors are not there. Also, I’ve always kind of mourned the small number of female directors in this business and I kind of complain about it a lot without doing anything. So instead of whining about there being a lack of female directors, why don’t I become one and create my own story. So it’s been a dream for a long time.”

The films will premiere on October 24 at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in Los Angeles.

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