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2020 Neytiri, Avatar 2 ‘It’s won­der­ful to be back film­ing. Kate Winslet has joined the cast, and we’ve had our first full re­hearsal, which in­volved tap­ping her into all of the emo­tional beats that her char­ac­ter needs to have in re­la­tion to ours.’ 2018 Gamora, Avengers: In­fin­ity War ‘Many women from the Marvel uni­verse are in­volved in the Time’s Up move­ment. We all reached out at the time, and en­cour­aged each other to com­mu­ni­cate with bosses and pro­duc­ers. And we did – and they replied. It was in­spir­ing.’ 2018 Launches BESE ‘Lati­nos are ex­pected to make up 30% of the US work­ing pop­u­la­tion by 2060. BESE is an ac­knowl­edge­ment of where we’re headed.’ 2017 Gamora, Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol 2 2016 Lieu­tenant Uhura, Star Trek Be­yond 2016 Nina Si­mone, Nina 2014 Gamora, Guardians Of The Galaxy ‘I don’t see Gamora as tough. I see how bro­ken she is, and that’s what makes me like her. The fact that she can kick ass and de­fend her­self makes her a com­plete woman.’ 2013 Co-founds Cines­tar Pic­tures pro­duc­tion com­pany with sis­ters ‘My sis­ters and I have never felt bad about what we look like. We are Amer­i­can. Cines­tar, and the con­tent we cre­ate, is for that and about that.’ 2013 Uhura, Star Trek Into Dark­ness

2011 Di­rects short drama, Kaylien 2009 Neytiri, Avatar ‘I played this war­rior, which was amaz­ing. The fe­male icons I had ad­mired grow­ing up were cre­ated by James Cameron: Alien’s Ellen Ri­p­ley and The Ter­mi­na­tor’s Sarah Con­nor.’ 2009 Uhura, Star Trek ‘I’m part of a se­ries that’s made his­tory. It brought peo­ple to­gether 50 years ago – when it was unimag­in­able. Uhura gave the African-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity the as­pi­ra­tions it needed; it gave them pres­ence in high ranks.’ 2007 Kat, Af­ter Sex 2004 An­drea, Haven 2004 Dolores Tor­res, The Ter­mi­nal ‘ Work­ing with Steven Spiel­berg re­minded me I mat­tered. I’ve had all th­ese men­tors in my life: my mom, my bal­let teacher, Steven, James Cameron. When­ever my spirit was bro­ken, they’d re­store my faith.’ 2002 Kit, Cross­roads 2001 Mag­gie, Get Over It 2000 Eva, Cen­ter Stage 1999 Belinca, Law & Or­der 1995 Burger King, server ‘I was 17 and mak­ing my own money. I had a blast! It was em­pow­er­ing.’ New­town High School, New York ‘Grow­ing up, I was pretty whole­some. I was ac­tu­ally a lit­tle bit of every­thing – brave, a coward, in­se­cure, scared but also very con­fi­dent.’ ECOS Es­pa­cio de Danza dance academy, Do­mini­can Repub­lic

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