The one and only Zoe Saldana is back to kick butt and take care of the ragtag group that makes up what we now know as “The Guardians of the Galaxy.” At this point, we don’t know a lot of where Gamora is going to be and what she will be doing besides slaying all the competition, but we sat down the extremely humble and lovable Zoe Saldana while out in Atlanta. I had previously interviewed her during the first Guardians of the Galaxy Press Round. Check out the interview below:
Q: What’s it like to be back?
ZOE: It feels good. It feels really good. It’s like coming back to a family of people that you already broke the ice, you feel super safe being yourself and trying new things. You’re working with a director that is super supportive. It’s still like a dude’s movie where, where he’s, like he’s inviting women to come and kick dudes’ asses. So, I signed up. I’m doing a lot more stunts, too, which I’m loving.
Q: You take on a variety of different movies, especially in the last year, what is your favorite type of movie? Is it the emotional biography? Is it the sci-fi sort of?
ZOE: I like sci-fi and I like spaces that are under-served. And I think that for females, we need to, I think we need more examples, much more diverse examples of professions and callings and it’s not just, you know, everything so internal and dramatic, you know. I think that women, we need to be a little more physical. It’s better for our health. It helps our sanity, too. We are the ones that are constantly because it’s public, you know, we’re hormonal. Now, don’t talk about their hormonal swings, right? [LAUGHTER] Let me set that straight. It helps a great deal and I know I was a little girl starving to have more female heroes, you know? I held on to the very few that were out there and then I just had to become one because that’s what we do for our little girls.
Q: As a working mom, do you have any tips or tricks for finding balance with work and travel and everything?
ZOE: Talk. Talk about everything, no assumptions, no reserved feelings, just last night, and I love sharing this because I know this is routine good and insightful sources where people can get information and feel identified through everybody’s, all of our similarities when it comes to, you know, just the challenges that we face, trying to live in one world where we get to have it all. Because why not, you know? We should.
Just last night, Mike goes like okay, I understand we’re super busy, let’s practice still connecting, conversations. I don’t care what we’re talking about. If you’re in the bathroom while I’m in the shower, let’s freaking just five things, let’s just share five things. It could be five anything. And I love, I love that. You just have to constantly keep it open. And not just because you’re so tired, like getting lazy with the most important work in your life, which is your home, your life, you know? So, that’s, that’s I guess one tip that I would love to share. We’re doing it, guys.Everything we hear of couples that just look super happy and how, I don’t care if they got married yesterday, Mike and I are super suspicious, like, I mean, superstitious. We’re just very like, like even when we look at homes like to buy because we are still renting our home and we’re like what do we do? Mike is always like “can I ask you, the people, why they sell?” We’re goofy that way.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about your fitness regimen?
ZOE: Not easy. It requires determination and a lot of discipline. I did not want to hate myself and I did not want to start fantasising of what I used to be. I wanted to work with what I have. I gained 65 pounds. I’m not comparing myself to everybody but if my experience can be inspirational for you guys, I’m a killer. I don’t just approach like oh, I’m going to do, I’m going to start, I’m going to start like Sunday. I’m going to start Monday because Sunday, you know, we’re having the barbeque. I’m like no fucking way. No fucking way cause to me it’s scarier to look at myself while I’m brushing my teeth and have 10 things to say about myself that I hate. I don’t want to live like that. We’re gifts. We’re fucking unique. We’re special. We’ve got to work. We work for everybody else every single fucking day. You work for yourself. Be self-focused.
I love that and I’m just, I don’t compromise. Even when people, like, you know you have people in my family. We are Latinas, we eat like everything is in the kitchen, do you know what I’m saying? Like we’re happy. Are you sick? Get yourself a bucket of ice cream, like we’re Latinas, make some rice and beans, but you kind of go I, I need the energy. I have twin boys, for the love of God, what am I, crazy? When these kids start running, what am I going to do? Feel tired or no?
Oh, we’re having a get-together. Great, I’ll have dinner for four. That way I’m not like a bitter — maybe at a party, you know, like hungry, like [LAUGHTER] right before, and then I’m happy. I’m here. I’m full, you know? So, just little things like that and, and Marco was super helpful. It helps a lot when you have a partner that is super supportive and understanding of like the ups and downs and compassionate, empathetic about the fact that you just went through a life changing transformation.
That, and it’s like going like it’s like you’re in the future and you’re going back to the past and you can’t get back to the future. You’re fucked. Do you know what I’m saying? And to have somebody that’s kind of going yeah, but what do you want to do now that we’re here? If you — it helps. So, find fountains of support. It’s very important. I guess I can talk about this, already, gluten-free as well. Gluten-free as well. We’re having a lot of problems with our hormones ladies, our thyroids, where it’s what we eat. It’s not in products that we’re using, you know what I’m saying? So, the enemy can live with it and it’s about cleaning gut, it’s about fixing hormone levels, getting blood panels once a year after we become mothers because we’re having adverse, like very like lethal reactions to gluten more and more and more and more. Our children are also, you know, being born with celiac and things like that. I don’t know if there’s a correlation but I read everything.
I have Hashimoto’s, I have an under-active thyroid. I’m on medication for the rest of my life. I want to be ahead of it. I don’t want to victimise myself. So, that is something very conscious. We’re 80% gluten-free, so to me, it’s about also if I eat better, in that one moment where I get to sort of cut loose, I did it, and you realise also that you don’t go to the extremes. We could talk about this every day.
About the Movie
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017
Day Two has begun and is not done yet! Make sure to check back in every day this week for tons of more coverage about all things Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Next up: Chris Pratt (“Peter Quill/Star-Lord”) interview!
***Disclosure: I attended the #GOTGVol2 Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***