Zoe Sal­dana One unique woman!

Whether she’s speak­ing out against Hol­ly­wood’s sex­ism or kick­ing butt on film sets, Zoe Sal­dana has a ta­lent for no-holds-barred mo­ments – and in­spir­ing the masses in the process. Here, some of the most mem­o­rable words from the starlet.

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I like to be around peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate. Peo­ple that won’t fight, but will be over­pro­tec­tive and out­spo­ken about their opin­ion, their point of view and their ideas.

On act­ing

“I want to be in the small per­cent­age of women who don’t set­tle for con­ven­tional roles.” “You need 100% com­mit­ment; you have to be will­ing to wake up every morn­ing know­ing you’re go­ing to prac­tice for eight hours straight.” “I grew up lov­ing ac­tion movies and films that were set in su­per­nat­u­ral, unimag­in­able places. So I take be­ing a woman in the film in­dus­try who is able to do ac­tion movies very se­ri­ously, be­cause I’m mak­ing the kind of movies that I wanted to watch as a kid, and that in­spired me and are the rea­son as to why I’m here.” “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.” “As an artist, I like work­ing with film­mak­ers that have the guts to imag­ine the unimag­in­able. Those are the kind of rad­i­cals that I iden­tify with.”

On love and re­la­tion­ships

“I’ve been in re­la­tion­ships where a man has dis­re­spected me, and I don’t need to be friends with that man any­more. I don’t want to be the one go­ing, ‘I’m cool, be­cause I’m friends with all my exes.’ There’s a rea­son why you’re called an ex. I crossed you off my list. Mov­ing on. You cross a line, you need to know that you’re go­ing to walk this earth know­ing that there’s an in­di­vid­ual who has no re­spect for you.”

“Don’t set­tle. If you’re not happy with a per­son, leave. Wait un­til you find that one per­son who makes you feel good about your­self every sin­gle day and is not ex­pect­ing you to change, but to grow.”

On her mother, asalia nazario

“I have an amaz­ing mother who’s a real tough cookie. She taught me not to get emo­tional about sex­ism in Hol­ly­wood, just be re­ally prac­ti­cal and ob­jec­tive. Later, in the pri­vacy of my own home, maybe I’ll bawl or break some dishes, but you just have to keep go­ing. It’s not about fight­ing, it’s about ed­u­cat­ing.” On roles she’d love to play “I would love to play Queen Ne­fer­titi, Cleopa­tra or the Queen of Sheba. We pre­serve more male history than we do fe­male. We have to pre­serve fe­male history. No more com­plain­ing. We have to do it.”

On her 20s and get­ting Older

“My 20s were great. Who didn’t have fun in their 20s? But my at­ten­tion was more out there, more about the sur­face and the cos­metic stuff. I was al­ways think­ing, ‘ What do I need to do?’ Now, in my 30s, it’s, ‘ What do I want to do?’ I’ve just be­come more solid with my own iden­tity. Yes, your 20s are fun, es­pe­cially at night – bet­ter par­ties, bet­ter cock­tails… not bet­ter sex, though. Ab­so­lutely not. And who­ever says that is ly­ing, be­cause sex in your 30s and be­yond is out of this world.” “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 own skin.”

On dance

“Be­ing a for­mer clas­si­cal dancer, it in­formed me as a hu­man be­ing just in terms of grace. Bal­let is a very grace­ful form of art. You also be­come aware of your body, and how it works in con­junc­tion with your mind. That helps you in act­ing as well. It’s not only us­ing your mind, it’s mak­ing your mind com­mu­ni­cate this char­ac­ter into your body so that you can bring it to life and phys­i­calise it.”

“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.”

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