Zoe Saldana is a woman who can do it all. She’s someone I admire and look up to. Not only is she a fantastic actress, but she is also a mom and wife. In short, she kicks major ass and I love it. Another thing I’ve come to realize through interviewing her is that she’s full of grace. She’s passionate and uses her voice for important issues. As a woman, that means a lot to me. I love the fact that my little girl can look at both Gamora from the Guardians films and Zoe herself, as a role model.
While out in LA for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Premiere and Press Junket, Zoe sat down with some of us Mom Bloggers to chat. So let’s get straight to the interview!
Q: How did you feel about your history coming out with your sister in the story?
ZOE:I loved it. I loved it. I was very excited, there were three female characters in this movie, and they all were going to provide three different essences, you know? Mantis just resembles, like, such an innocent creature, and Nebula’s so angry. Shit, she’s so angry. [LAUGHTER] And Gamora is so maternal. She’s turned over this new leaf. In the first movie, she was so selfish. It was about getting away, and running away from her father. Now it’s it’s about keeping this family together, you know, and keeping them always on track. So she went the opposite of who she was in the first movie.
Q: Can you talk about how much you love to bring Gamora strength and women empowerment?
ZOE: I love it. I do, I do. I would like to take a break from playing kick ass science fiction females. I’ve been doing it for over 10 years, I’m kind of tired.
Growing up, when I was little, I only had two icons that I can reference, and I would watch them. I’d watch those movies until my tape would break. And it was Ellen Ripley from Aliens, and it was Sarah Connor from Terminator. I would watch these movies endlessly. Then it was like, Jamie Lee Curtis, when Katherine Bigelow did that movie, Blue Steel, and James Cameron also did that movie, True Lies, like, I had her as a reference. But other than that, I was always like, watching action movies told through the eyes of males and stuff, but always feeling that gap, that void, you know?
I feel like I did take it upon myself to just be happy with the fact that I took a gamble on these movies for the first time, they ended up being super special, and they went into, into sequels. I didn’t think of this, trust me. It was not my idea. I just, I had my responsibility to fulfill them. But once I was there, I didn’t want to be bitter about it. I wanted to acknowledge that maybe, maybe it means something. Maybe it is important that I’m a part of those women that are filling in that gap, so that women can have, I don’t know, more options, more references to look into.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about the stunt process and your stunt woman?
ZOE: Her name is Leanne, and she’s phenomenal. She really did all the parts where Gamora looks absolutely like, unbelievably just cool, that’s Leanne. All the parts where I’m posing, and taking out my sword and stuff, that’s me. [LAUGHTER] But I did do a lot of those jumps. I would do a lot of the stunts that she would do, but like, the PG-13 version. Because, one, I can’t do them. And two, it’s a liability to the film if I get killed or something. So, but I posted something on Instagram. There is a jump that I did. They made me jump from like, three stories or something, like, a 30, is it a 30 foot jump? Yeah.
I was on wires, but I don’t know, I still can’t remember if somebody told me, and I just brain farted, or somebody forgot to tell me that I was going to free fall. Like, I was not going to feel the tension on the wires. So when they said action, and I jumped, ’cause obviously I don’t like to take my time, ’cause there’s so many men watching you, I like to, you know [LAUGHTER] I jumped. I jumped and thought I was dying. Forgot to speak English, I was like, help me! And then James Gunn was like, yeah, your face was kind of awful there. You have to do it again. And I was just like, oh my god. So I did it again. And then, you guys can watch it, I mean, it’s on Instagram. But as soon as I land, I was like, I don’t want to do this again. Like, the girly girl came out of me. It was awful but super fun.
Q: How long did it take for your makeup and the whole entire costume each day? Also, what did you do to pass the time?
ZOE: Four hours. Three and a half to four hours, yeah. You guys. I talk to EVERYONE. I talk in every language. I turn on music. I’m on my phone. I FaceTime with my kids, I FaceTime whoever’s up. Like, oh, New York is up, oh, DR is up, what’s up, la, la, la. I’m talking to myself. Sometimes I would see them, like, putting the TV on super high, to see if I would just let the picture go and just shut the fuck up. ‘Cause I’d be in from 2:30 in the morning until, until the time I get to set, I talk to everybody. But I’m just one of those, like, mom-a-la’s. Like, I’m just an old lady. I just talk, you know?
As you can see, Zoe Saldana is a sweetheart and anyone who sits for almost 4 hours a day during makeup to just START out the day has both my utmost respect and my deepest condolences.
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.
***Disclosure: I attended the #GotGVol2Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***