Zoe Salanda is a stunner on the latest issue of Manhattan magazine in which The Avatar actress speaks on consciously choosing roles that goes against the grain for women, among other things.
What it means being female and standing up for equality in this day and age:
“It’s very hard being a woman in a man’s world, and I recognized it was a man’s world even when I was a kid. It’s an inequality and injustice that drove me crazy, and which I always spoke out against—and I’ve always been outspoken.”
On being selective with her roles:
“I’m known for being selective (of) parts I either pick or pursue, and what matters most is that they be good female roles where the character isn’t cardboard or objectified, and where there’s real substance. No generic girlfriend or wife, and no sexy bombshell. Enough of that already!”
Saldana, who secretly married Italian artist Marco Perego in July, also revealed that taking ballet as a child has helped with her concentration.
“The barre, the piano, the breathing—they calmed and centered me, and allowed me to learn lessons physically, which is how I learn best,” Saldana explained.
To read more of Saldana’s interview, pick up the issue on newsstands on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and available for download on Tuesday, Dec 3.