ZOE SAL­DANA: I’M SCARED OF HEIGHTS

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SHE’S su­per­hero Gamora in the Guardians of the Gal­axy and Avengers movies, and now she’s the voice of Adelina in Laika’s new stop-mo­tion movie, Miss­ing Link. We caught up with Zoe Sal­dana to dis­cover more about her new globe-trot­ting ad­ven­ture.

HI ZOE! HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE YOUR CHAR­AC­TER IN MISS­ING LINK?

Adelina Fort­night is firm and strict. She’s very re­spon­si­ble and dili­gent [care­ful and thor­ough], but she has been miss­ing fun in her life. She doesn’t re­alise how much she’s been miss­ing that fun un­til Sir Lionel Frost [voiced by Hugh Jack­man] comes back into her world.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE CHAR­AC­TER?

You could drop off your kids with Adelina and go run your er­rands – and when you come back, your kids are go­ing to be fed and well taken care of. They are also go­ing to ac­quire a few more good man­ners that you hadn’t taught them yet. She’s the kind of friend that I would love to have in my life. She’s great.

ADELINA IS FIERY, IN­DE­PEN­DENT AND AD­VEN­TUR­OUS. ARE YOU THE SAME?

I would like to be­lieve that I am. There’s an al­ter ego that loves to think that I’m really tough, but I’m also soft. There are two sides to ev­ery­one.

ARE YOU AN AD­VEN­TUR­OUS TRAV­ELLER?

I am a very cau­tious trav­eller. I’m not the kind of per­son who will wan­der into the wild with just a back­pack. I need to know where we’re sleep­ing. I need to know what kind of ameni­ties are pro­vided. I’m sorry to say that I’m a lit­tle high main­te­nance in that way. I am not a back­packer. I don’t like to share pub­lic bath­rooms. I’ve al­ways been that way.

WHAT SCARES YOU?

I’m scared of heights. I’m scared of the Zika virus. I’m scared of my kids get­ting a cold and not hav­ing the proper means to heal them. I’m scared of lots of dif­fer­ent things.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO STEP INTO THE RECORD­ING BOOTH FOR MISS­ING LINK?

The record­ing booth is al­ways in­ter­est­ing be­cause you get to use your imag­i­na­tion. If I say yes to a role then I’m go­ing to be open to use ev­ery­thing I can to imag­ine that I’m the char­ac­ter I signed on to play. There’s a lot of role-play, which is fun for me. I really en­joy the process.

HOW MUCH WORK GOES INTO A STOPMOTION MOVIE LIKE MISS­ING LINK?

It’s a lot of work. It’s in­cred­i­ble to walk through all the work­shops at Laika. You get to see these artists work­ing with tweez­ers and sewing with the tini­est nee­dles. The level of labour that is re­quired to cre­ate a movie like this is un­real. I don’t think any­body is there for the money. They are there be­cause they have pas­sion for this dy­ing art. The fact that they are keep­ing stop-mo­tion alive and they are do­ing it so well is a tes­ta­ment to how tal­ented they are.

LOOK­ING BACK, WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT SCHOOL?

I en­joyed history at school, but I wasn’t a very good stu­dent. For some peo­ple, one of the most trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences in life is sur­viv­ing school. It can be dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing. It wasn’t easy for me, but I’m happy be­cause I learned to do so many things and I learned so much about my­self.

YOU HAVE AN­OTHER IM­POR­TANT MOVIE COM­ING UP – AVENGERS: ENDGAME. CAN YOU CON­FIRM IF GAMORA IS DEAD OR ALIVE?

There’s prob­a­bly a se­cret agent from Mar­vel hid­den somewhere nearby. As soon as I say any­thing, they will kill me! What can

I say about Gamora? I can say that I hope she’s alive be­cause I love be­ing a part of the Mar­vel uni­verse. They’ve made history, so it would be really sad to see Gamora go.

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