In celebration of Zoe Saldana’s first lead role as a Latina in this week's Colombiana, we take a look at other badass Latinas who have graced the big screen. From Salma Hayek to Kate Del Castillo, tell us who your favorite badass Latina is.
We also had the opportunity to interview Saldana earlier this week and she candidly spoke to us about her inherent attraction to lethal characters, the badass women in Hollywood who have influenced her career, and why she’s feeling a bit nervous about the release of Colombiana.
Here are a few excerpts from our interview:
On playing Cataleya in Colombiana: “What I loved the most about this movie was the fact that Luc Besson, whose been known for creating roles where women play very androgynous characters, created Cataleya, who is no different from the La Femme Nikita, Mathilda [Leon] and Leeloo [The Fifth Element]. They’re lethal in the exterior but on the inside they are so frail and they live such sad and solitary lives…”
On the pressures of playing a lead Latina role: “I’m happy that this is an action movie that has a woman as the lead. It’s really major. I usually never get nervous and I always have hope that people will receive well whatever it is that I am a part of but for some reason with this movie I am a little nervous…”
On the badass women who have influenced her career: “Sigourney Weaver, who can hold a gun the same way she can hold a stage. Linda Hamilton, when she played Sarah Connor, I was so inspired. I was such a little girl when I saw Terminator. Angelina Jolie, obviously. Jessica Biel, who is such a beautiful woman and contemporary…”
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In other news, Antonio Banderas,who is currently promoting his latest Spanish language film La Piel Que Habito in Europe, spoke with the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche about his rocky relationship with director Pedro Almodóvar. Here’s the backstory –before Banderas became the big Hollywood star we know now he was a struggling young actor in Spain and it was Almodóvar who gave him his first big break in Labyrinth of Passion. The duo became well known for their innovative and sexually provocative projects during the 1980s. Eventually Banderas was ready to crossover into the English market and that’s when the director-actor relationship experienced a big hiccup.
Banderas tells the paper, “[Almodóvar] found me, and in a sense I was his. He saw my departure as a betrayal.” The pair remained cordial but didn’t collaborate on any film projects for the next 20 years. And fortunately time heals all wounds. Banderas says he’s never harbored any hard feelings towards the director and acknowledges that he’s helped revolutionized the film industry. He admits that Almodóvar needed time to forgive him. The two have rekindled their bromance and are now promoting their latest movie love child La Piel Que Habito. Early Oscar predictions suggest that Banderas might receive a best acting nomination.