Aug 8 2011
Zoe Saldana, who can soon be seen in the upcoming film, Colombiana, says she had a near breakdown after Avatar.
The star of the highest grossing film ever says, “The year after Avatar was just emotionally overwhelming. I was traveling all over the world, waking up in different time zones. Your body gets exhausted, and by the end of the year I just collapsed.”
She recalls in the September issue of Latina, “I was in Paris training for Colombiana, sitting in my hotel room, and I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t stay awake. I must have slept for an entire month. It took me the rest of the year, even as I was working and shooting Colombiana, to pick myself up. Thank God my family was there.”
Saldana now knows how to slow down and relax.
Read More at Gossip Cop: HERE
Aug 8 2011
The 33-year-old Dominican & Puerto Rican star of this month’s Colombiana opens up to Latina about how she nearly had an emotional collapse after catapulting to superstardom with Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time, and what helped her stay grounded.
On dealing with her newfound fame: “The year after Avatar was just emotionally overwhelming. I was traveling all over the world, waking up in different time zones. Your body gets exhausted, and by the end of the year I just collapsed.”
On coming close to a total breakdown: “I was in Paris training for Colombiana, sitting in my hotel room, and I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t stay awake. I must have slept for an entire month. It took me the rest of the year, even as I was working and shooting Colombiana, to pick myself up. Thank God my family was there.”
On the post-Avatar effect: “I just want the best filmmakers in the world to tell me, ‘You’re good, kid, you’re legit.’ The recognition will never get old, and I’ll never get accustomed to it. I don’t ever want to, because that will mean I’m taking it for granted. That’s why I work, not for the luxuries or the awards.”
On the simple joys of life: “I just stay at home and do absolutely nothing. When I was younger, that would have made me feel like such a failure. Now that I’m older, I know what it means to shut down. I don’t shower if I don’t want to. I don’t answer e-mails. It’s a healthy way of being selfish. You know you’re old when gardening, the Food Network and voice notes from your nieces and nephews blow your mind.”
Read More at Latina: HERE
Aug 6 2011
Added to the gallery are the scans of Zoe from this September Women’s Health Magazine. Enjoy!
Here is the article from Women’s Health:
Zoe Saldana’s Star Turn
Her career may be about to blast into the stratosphere, but trust us on this: Star Trek’s sexiest new crew member is totally down to earth. We got her to chat about Johnny Depp, turning the big 3-0, and her best style secrets. (Ever consider stealing your guy’s underwear?)
With her career going full blast, it may be hard to believe she has much time for exercise, but Zoë has found a way to fit it in, with a workout schedule that includes Pilates three times a week (“It’s the closest thing to dance,” she says). But that’s not to say she loves every second of it. “I get bored really easily. If I didn’t have a trainer to push me, I’d go walk for about 15 minutes,” she says, groaning. “But I love feeling in tune with my body and eating right.” Her one rule: no deprivation or crash diets. “Sometimes I pig out on pasta, but that’s OK,” she says, staring lovingly at the lobster ravioli on her plate. “The next day, I just eat healthy.”
That practical attitude extends to aging too. Zoë embraced the big 3-0 by throwing herself a massive dinner party at her home, which she shares with her longtime boyfriend, actor Keith Britton, and their loveable pit bull-pointer mutt, Calvin—full name Calvin Allen Britton (“just so beautiful, but trust me, he has no class,” she says). Ask Zoë about stepping into her third decade and she says, “I’m very accepting with my age. It’s like notches on your belt: experience, wisdom, and a different kind of beauty. There comes a day when you’ve become comfortable in your skin. But God as my witness, I am going to try to do everything I can to keep this ass together for as long as I possibly can—without going against nature.”
On The Move
With her lifestyle, that shouldn’t be too hard. This is a woman who relishes a fast pace. “I have a hyper personality ,” Zoë says. “I don’t draw myself a bath with candles—I don’t get it. [I feel the same way about] camping: You pack for five frickin’ hours to go to the woods and sit by a fire? We could do that in my backyard!” Still, she admits, “I’m learning the power of going away for the weekend and keeping myself company. Sometimes, I’ll drive to the airport, and four hours later I’m in Mexico. [I relax] for two days, then call everybody to say, ‘Yo, this is amazing! Please come!’”
Her ideal Sunday afternoon: hitting a movie theater for three films in a row. Friday night might be dinner with friends and a few bottles of wine. “I wouldn’t want to change anything in my life,” she says. “Am I happy? Happiness is nothing but temporary moments here and there—and I love those. But I would be bored out of my mind if I were happy all the time.”
Read More: HERE
Also at Women’s Mag Zoe list her favorite flicks…
“I’m a Star Wars fan, but I love the whole Alien legacy. My favorite was the second one, because of Ripley [Sigourney Weaver]. She was such a feisty creature—strong and still very motherly.”
“I would have to say Nuovo Cinema Paradiso. There’s this romance between a boy and a girl and a friendship between a man and an old man. It’s all just so beautiful—you cry and laugh. You have to watch it, trust me.”
“I love St. Elmo’s Fire. [The characters] have this friendship, and you can relate to all of them—from Emilio Estevez to Ally Sheedy. In every scene, you are one or the other.”
See the full list and thier videos: HERE