Saldana at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International promoting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
|Born||Zoe Yadira SaldaÃ±a Nazario
June 19, 1978
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
|Other names||ZoÃ« Saldana|
|Spouse(s)||Marco Perego (m. 2013)|
In dance you use every party of your body except your voice. I wanted to start acting because I wanted to use my voice.
I'm a very feminine person, but I have this hard shell, man, and I stay focused and don't take things personally.
I don't like things like little sandals that look fragile. I like to look strong and commanding.
I'm very accepting with my age. It's like notches on your belt: experience, wisdom, and a different kind of beauty. There comes a day when you've become comfortable in your skin.
Basically, there's not enough sex in movies, that's it. I'm trying to say it, people. I miss sex in movies because sex is natural, guns are not.
What doesn't feel okay to me, what feels a little bit out of balance, is when you want to turn yourself into something else – when you want to be another person.
There are a lot of magazines that are still sort of… that only cater to a certain demographic and only put certain people on their covers.
Dancing for the length of time that I did, it centered me in such a way to be really in tune with my body, and I just feel like I'm physically able to do things because of my ballet background. Without ballet, I don't think I'd look graceful at all on screen.
I just want to be a part of great stories, whether I'm part of an amazing ensemble cast or I'm leading it or the antagonist or whatever.
Our censorship has sort of gotten a little too far. Too much censorship is just as bad as having none at all. Children need to be exposed to things, because if they don't see it, eventually, it's not like it's not going to happen, but it's just that there needs to be a balance.
I know the responsibility that entails from telling a story. The one thing I despise the most is when I go to a movie and I see a whole bunch of lazy actors making me waste my time and money.
I'm a sci-fi girl. If I can have anything in life, I'd want tons of great science-fiction movies and stories. It's so progressive, beautiful, and imaginative.
There's nobody on this earth who can tell you that what you're feeling is wrong. They can tell you it's different to what they're feeling.
I think as an American society, when we're paying too many taxes or dealing with war, we don't want to see sad things at the movies.
People think of Latina women as being fiery and fierce, which is usually true. But I think the quality that so many Latinas possess is strength. I'm very proud to have Latin blood.
Every character has their reasons – even the characters who do dumb things.
I never like to get political, but when you have the ability, through your media, to influence a large mass of people, I would want to be a part of the evolving cycle of progress vs. keeping things the way that they are.
I love the anxiety, the pressure of the loud room full of yapping kids. But I'm a kid myself.
If there's anything that I've always said about myself is that to me, it's much more important for me to get to work with filmmakers that I've grown up loving and admiring.
It gets pretty boring when all you are is the support system for a male character.
I'm a girl from Queens. I've never gone, 'What am I doing today? Oh, I'm gonna grab a gun and learn how to use it.'
I'm so intrigued by women throughout history where the significance of what they were representing at that time is obscured by the fact a man saved them or they were prostitutes.
There comes a day when you've become comfortable in your skin. But God as my witness, I am going to try to do everything I can to keep this ass together for as long as I possibly can – without going against nature.
I'm more of a guy's girl. I like having a beer in a bar, and I don't bicker or sit down and do my nails.
I'm learning the power of going away for the weekend and keeping myself company.
Growing up, my dolls were doctors and on secret missions. I had Barbie Goes Rambo.
Happiness is nothing but temporary moments here and there – and I love those. But I would be bored out of my mind if I were happy all the time.
Our brains are very animal but also very strange and egotistical. We're narcissistic.
Music is a very big participant in everything I do, from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed.
I just want to be part of great stories that are told and for them to be relevant.
The biggest battle that I have is being a woman in the world. That takes center stage for me.
As a woman, you spend so much time either cooking or getting ready to go somewhere. I like to have music when I'm doing either of these things.
I don't believe actors who say they don't bleed into their characters. It's absolutely impossible not to.
I want to be the best daughter, sister, friend and wife I can possibly be – because when I die, I am not going to be buried with my Oscar.
To be seen and to be respected for my work and acknowledged as a true American Latina… means a lot to me.
It takes a lot of courage to face up to things you can't do because we feed ourselves so much denial.
I want to be in the small percentage of women who don't settle for conventional roles.
Every time an adult is going to write something for a teenager and you don't have, physically, a person who is that, you are always going to be a little off.
I don't understand labels. I don't need anybody to tell me I'm Latina or black or anything else. I've played characters that were written for Caucasian females, I just want to be given the same consideration as everybody else, and so far that has been happening.