ZOE SALDANA: I’M SCARED OF HEIGHTS
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.