Cine Latino: Zoe Saldana, on Her Sexuality, Posing Nude and Trekkie Trivia (Video)

Cine Latino: Zoe Saldana, on Her Sexuality, Posing Nude and Trekkie Trivia (Video)

May 15, 2013

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She's one of the most sought-after Latina actresses in Hollywood thanks to her continuous box office success in movies like Colombiana, Avatar and Star Trek—not to mention her ability to kick some serious butt. This week, Zoe Saldana will reprise one of her most iconic roles to date as Nyota Uhura in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness.

Our friends at Fandango Cine had the opportunity to interview Saldana on all things Star Trek and… well, watch for yourself.

Star Trek aside, Saldana has been making headlines this week for quite a different subject: bisexuality. Yup, she's totally open to dating females. Buh-bye, Bradley Cooper! You can read up on all the juicy details in Allure magazine's June issue. Oh, and you might want to pick up the issue if only for her nude photos.  Go behind the scenes of Saldana's Allure photo shoot, where she talks about posing nude and gets quizzed on Star Trek trivia.

Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

On her sexuality: "[I might] end up with a woman raising my children... that's how androgynous I am! Yes, I was raised that open."

On playing Nina Simone: "Let me tell you, if Elizabeth Taylor can be Cleopatra, I can be Nina—I'm sorry," says Saldana, her tone not in the least apologetic. "It doesn't matter how much backlash I will get for it. I will honor and respect my black community because that's who I am."

We got to chat with Saldana a few years back while she promoted Colombiana and here's what she told us about being a role model and the "badass" women that have influenced her career.

On being  a role model: "I really hope that I inspire women and not just of a specific demographic, just women, period. [Inspire them] to be more physical and to see themselves in more than in just fragile or nurturing roles because that’s a given, that’s in our anatomy. I want women to see themselves in roles that are predominantly designed or made for men. In the same way that I would love to see men play more vulnerable roles that way they won’t feel so much pressure to always over-perform.  That’s why you hear so many sad cases of husbands that the moment they lose everything and they’re going through a financial rut they commit suicide."

On the "badass" women that have influenced her life and performances: "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, she really likes characters that are androgynous and if they’re not written that way she’ll find a way to incorporate that. And Pam Grier, who was pretty awesome before I was born, I’ve been told. Also, Uma Thurman. I’m really inspired by women who can play amazing characters and be physical. Charlize Theron can also do that."

Related:

Watch: The Schmoes Review 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Why We Love, Hate, and Love to Hate J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' Movies

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