Zoe Saldana on Race, Gender, & Life

Published by Runteldat on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 11:50 am.

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Zoe Saldana is one of the few actresses who bothers to offer an opinion that goes beyond the typical publicist-approved talking points and for that reason alone, I appreciate her.

Gracing the cover of the new issue of Mujer magazine, Saldana talks about race, ethnicity, her masculine and feminine sides, along with her philosophy on life.

On her background:

“I’m just Zoe. Not a little bit Dominican, not a little bit Puerto Rican, none of that silliness…I am what you want me to be if that’s what it takes for you to overcome your insecurities. As a Latina, I think we should be very proud of our heritage. We tend to look for European roots and reject the indigenous and the African, and that is disgusting. Being Latin is a mix of everything. I want my people to not be as insecure, and to adore what we are because it’s beautiful.”

On her masculine side:

“I have too much of one! People have sometimes told my grandmother, ‘Your niece has a bit of lesbianism in her.’ It’s that my sisters and I spent all our time amongst men. We were very popular with them. Our way of thinking is very masculine.”

Her feminine side:

“If you want to punish me, send me to get a manicure or pedicure, or dress me in a skirt or shorts, and I would die. But if you dress me in jeans and a button down blouse I feel very sexy, feminine and powerful. It has to do with my personality. That’s why I think I’m very attracted to men who or masculine but in tune with their feminine side. I’ve been with my partner for 10 years!”

Her outlook on life:

“Life is much more and less than what we imagine. Life for me is very simple. When I wake up in my bed I always think, ‘If I’m fortunate enough to die in a bed, I’m not going to take with me material things, or money, or jewelry, or fame – nothing except the profound moments I experienced.”

Nice, only one thing Zoe: Tell your older relatives that lesbianism has nothing to do with masculinity. Let’s keep the old heads progressive.

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sherma Said on

I LOVE ZOE!!! WHAT A GREAT ACTRESS!! I WOULD LOVE TO MEET HER AND TELL HER HOW PROUD I AM OF HER!!!!!!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MA MA



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