Movie star Zoë Saldaña graces the cover of Latina magazine's May 2013 issue, which hits newsstands and Nook Newsstand on April 9, 2013.
In a revealing interview, the stunning Dominican and Puerto Rican actress opens up to Latina about her slew of Hollywood projects (including the controversial Nina Simone biopic, and the highly anticipated Star Trek sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, which travels into theaters on May 17th).
Plus, Zoë sets the record straight about her reported mental breadown following the success of 2009's record-breaking blockbuster, Avatar, shares her philosophy on falling in love, and tells us why a man is something you should want (not something you need).
On (Reluctantly) Accepting the Role of Uhura in Star Trek: “I was afraid…I was very concerned. I think I was just a little beside myself because after the treat and the gift of booking Avatar and being in the middle of shooting, to be able to then do another great movie with another great filmmaker back to back—I was a little overwhelmed and I thought: ‘Maybe I should just take some time off and focus and just rest?’ But my mom is a Trekkie, and my team was like, ‘Zoe, are you stupid? Don’t let fear immobilize you. This is an amazing opportunity to step into the shoes of an iconic character in an iconic series and it’s in space and you’re a sci-fi buff.’ And I was like, ‘oh my God, who am I kidding? Absolutely. I’ll totally do it.’
On Reports Of A Post-Avatar Meltdown: “That was completely blown out of proportion. That was so exaggerated and so ridiculous. It’s no different than what a child does after you’ve had a birthday party for a child. The child has been so stimulated by everybody, in every direction, consistently, you feel depleted. You use so much serotonin that you feel, not empty, but you feel a little tired and depleted and you have to fill your well of energy and of happiness and you have to pay attention to you. That downtime was very welcoming and very beautiful, but it wasn’t like I got f****** depressed and I just wouldn’t get out of bed. That has never happened to me! I hate when you say something and then it’s like, ay dios mio…”
On Whether the Nina Simone Controversy Affected Her: “Yes, of course. I’m not made of metal. Things will resonate in you and they will move you whether good or bad, but you can’t let that define who you are and you can’t let that dictate the path that you’re going to take in your life. The reality is that nobody knows the story as to why this collaboration came to be—nobody knows the full story—and at the end of the day all I’m going to say is that every person that is a part of this project came together for no other reason than the unconditional love for Nina Simone’s music, her persona, her life, what she did, what she left for us, what her music still continues to do not only to women, but to Americans, and African Americans, and also people of color, just everything. On all spectrums, Nina Simone’s story is worth telling and with the members that it came to be, like it’s just…you have to give it a chance...Watch it and then make up your mind. I’m happy that we all held together and we went for it. No regrets.”