Professional dancer Zoe Saldana has grooved her way onto the Hollywood scene in 2009 with her role in Crossroads with Britney Spears and Drumline with Nick Cannon. The New Jersey native made her blockbuster debut in 2009 when she starred in the remake of Star Trek and Avatar. Since then, Saldana has starred in several films which include her most recent roles as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
What was the most fun part about coming back for the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel?
I have to say the four hours of green make-up every day. Waking up at 2:35 every morning was a blast. Just coming back and working with my friends, working with the people that I love. We knew we had something special because James gave us the opportunity to just be super crazy with our characters in the first installment and coming back it just felt like coming back from a summer break.
As an actress and a mother, how does it feel to see people dressed as one of the characters you’ve played in your films?
I think that’s when it hits me that what I’m a part of is impactful. I’m a little bit of a workhorse and I don’t know if it's because of my insecurities or doubts as an artist and a person but I tend to not look at what I’m doing or what I’ve done and pat myself on the back. I just keep going and going and it’s only when I see a little girl or a woman dress in Neytiri, Uhura or Gamora that it hits me that I’ve been a part of cool things. It’s hard for me to believe that a little nerd from Queens has gotten so far and that’s a reminder to keep aiming high.
How do you strike a balance between motherhood, being a wife and an actress?
You have to make time for family but it takes a lot of meticulous planning and sacrifices. You have to make for your partner but it is just not at the same time that you are used to. When you have kids, your friends text you at six on your way home and you grab a bite with your spouse, you go meet up with your friends, yore home at 12. My husband would fly from LA to where I am filming so I can have time with him and the boys and then he would fly back to LA.
You have several current and upcoming blockbuster films; do you try to strike a balance by doing small films in between?
Yes, in-between movies, I did live by night and it was like a blast from the past. Instead of going straight to the future, I went back to 1930’s in Florida and getting to learn so much in all the research felt inspiring and I’m reminded as an artist to never stop searching and to continuously challenge myself.
Hometown: New York
Big Break: Avatar
Current Projects: Avatar, I Kill Giants, Avengers (Infinity War), Gone Missing