Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Zoe Saldana Talks the Dominican, Her Love of Dance, and Being Black in Hollywood with Nylon Magazine

Zoe Saldana is the business. That has already been established. She's a tough talking chica who, thanks to her recent turn in action flicks, can throw you on the ground and make you beg for mercy. Then again, that's something most men and women probably wouldn't mind-but I digress. Zoe is strutting her hot stuff in the April issue of Nylon magazine, discussing her Dominica roots, her love of dance, and the struggles she still faces as a non-white actor in Hollywood. And of course, in true Saldana style, my girl drops the F-bombs like they're going out of style. What is it about a beautiful, smart, and sessy girl with the mouth of a sailor that gives me the warm and fuzzies? Anyway, here are a few excerpts from Zoe's interview, as well as her super stylish shoot for the mag. Enjoy!! Er, I'm sorry. In the words of Zoe, fucking enjoy!

On moving from New York City to the Dominican Republic at age 9:
“We went from this urban life to running around barefoot in the countryside and being taught how to gut fish. We were learning how to climb coconut trees – let me tell you, they are fucking dangerous!... I would do my homework in guava and mango trees.”

On learning dance as a child:
“That was the beginning of a beautiful fucking romance. That was my Xanax, let me tell you… it put all my demons in order.”

On Hollywood casting:
“When they say ‘We want to go white,’ they have a very smooth way of saying it, and the recent one is the word traditional. [I’ve heard] ‘Oh, you know, you’re just not what we were looking for, your skin is a little darker.’ Compared to what?! My skin is just my skin. It’s dark if you compare it to someone who’s lighter.”

On meeting James Cameron:
“I’m thinking he probably imagined some Amazonian girl [for Neytiri] – I had really long hair at the time – wearing really little shit with like, a bow and arrow. I had no idea she was blue and nine feet tall. But for some reason, he was like, ‘You look so much like her!’”


Carsi said...

she seems like she'd be a blast to hang out with, love her

monty said...

I love that first pic of Zoe. She is awesome.

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