Saturday, November 7, 2015


Actress/Model ZOE SALDANA is the daughter of a DOMINICAN Father, PUERTO RICAN Mother, was born in NEW JERSEY, and covers the December 2015/January 2016 WINTER HOLIDAY issue of LATINA Magazine!!!

Here are some interview interludes:

You’ve been working pretty much nonstop since rising to international fame with Avatar. How has working so much affected you?

There’s a separation between, like, being physically tired and being fatigued overall. I don’t mind being physically tired, but when my mind is tired, no estoy balanceada. No me gusta porque me pongo triste.

Would taking time off between films affect your career?

See, I don’t really see it as a career. I’m an artist; I’m not a corporate person. Therefore, I fill my fountain of inspiration [with] memories, which is where I have to feed from to be inspired. My husband is a firm believer that if you’re not living, then you can’t create your art.

Are you imbuing Bowie and Cy with your Latino background?

Oh my God, it’s just who I am every day. So they’re going to get a part of who I am naturally. English isn’t even Marco’s second language. It’s his fourth. We only speak English when we have people around us that we have to speak English. But if it’s just Marco and the boys, it’s a combination of Italian and Spanish at all times. I speak a very Dominican Italian.

There’s something exciting happening around the U.S., where more people are reckoning with Latino culture.

The only true American here is the Native American. Everyone else is a transplant. We’re going through the exact same thing the Italians went through, the Irish, the Jews, and the Asians. In different ways, but it’s been very similar. After a while, people acculturated, and they only found solace by literally accepting themselves and going, “Whatever. Esta soy yo.” They were like, “This is my new country, but I’m going to keep this from my old, and I’m gonna blend it all.”

One thing Latina admires about you is your passion for your family, how you bring them along on the ride of your Hollywood journey.

It was always our dream since we were little girls to be together. We love cinema. We love art. We love storytelling. But even in those common interests, we each have a different approach. Cisely is very much a producer and loves television. Mariel is all about education as an R.N. and EMT. I was always into acting. I love interpretation, el arte surreal, la literatura, el baile, mixing everything.

How did you prepare for your role in the Nina Simone biopic?

I read as much as I could and spoke to as many people who knew her, who interviewed her. I listened to her voice, to her tone. She was angry, and rightfully so. She was a black woman born ahead of her time. Her soul, her spirit was never able to accept or adapt to the heartbreaks that life was giving her. Those are means for insanity. She was bipolar, and at that time, very little was known about bipolar disorder. A lot of people were self-medicating through substances, and she was doing it with alcohol. I wanted to understand all those things, and see what that was going to bring out of me. I never wanted to judge her. There was a lot of criticism when you were chosen to portray Nina, but you were adamant about playing her.

I needed to walk her path. As a woman, it wasn’t difficult to empathize with another woman. But I needed to be very isolated. I moved out of my house for three months. I wasn’t really talking to anybody that I knew. I just needed to be all things Nina. It was so intense, and everything happened really fast. The people behind the project weren’t my cup of tea. The director was fine, but there was a lot of mismanagement, which is why we’re still here three years later. And I’m still trying to fight with everybody to get the movie finished. Nina deserves better.

Are you still haunted by her?

Still to this day, I can’t listen to her music. I’ll be able to listen to her and not feel so heartbroken once I either finish this movie and release it, knowing that we did the best we could, or this movie goes away. I pray that somebody tells her story and they do it amazingly well. And then I’ll just put this to rest. But so far I’m still hanging in there with her. We’re still fighting together to tell it like it is. And that’s the best way to be. 





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