Two new interviews show that the casting of Zoe Saldana gives the new Star Trek movie a ‘twofer’ when it comes to diversity. The actress talked to BlackFilm.com about her role as Uhura, explaining what attracts her to the part and describing her meeting with original Uhura actress Nichelle Nichols. In another interview with Latina Magazine, however, Saldana discussed matters a little more… personal.
Saldana tells BlackFilm.com how she won the role of Uhura:
J.J. Abrams had expressed an interest in working with me and he had liked my work. For an actor, that’s all you need. That’s all you want. To get the acknowledgement and respect from your peers; and so I went out and met him. He then said, ‘I don’t need to see you anymore’ and I felt really good. I felt like I did it. I earned it.
Saldana also explained what attracts her to roles like that of Uhura:
I find myself looking for roles that are strong. I don’t feel that there are enough roles that resemble the American women nowadays in Hollywood. I’m not a feminist. Women are becoming filmmakers, directors, and writers, and writing things on how they see themselves. ‘Star Trek’ was no different… Look at Uhura. She’s a lieutenant on the Enterprise, where she’s an equal with everyone. She’s not just a woman. She’s in command just like everyone else is, with power and strength. I felt a mass appeal when I read the script and when J.J Abrams told me he wanted me to do it…
Saldana admitted that she had never watched Star Trek prior to being cast, but expresses admiration for the show’s longevity and its stars. In describing her meeting with original Uhura, actor Nichelle Nichols, Saldana stated:
I was able to sit down with her and she told me the whole story of how Uhura came to be and where they were going with her character, but it all fell into place the moment she walked into the door and auditioned for the part. She named the character herself and it was a special thing and she felt as an artist, she was going to make the part big.
In addition, Saldana notes that she “worked with Leonard Nimoy,” which may suggest that she shares some scenes with the actor. We already know that Chris Pine shares a few scenes with Nimoy, so anything is possible.
Saldana also briefly discussed her role on ‘Star Trek’ with Latina magazine.
It’s great to see an exotic face in sci-fi. Little girls who look like me, or who are Arab, Filipina, whatever, are going to go, ‘Oh, my God, we can be in space, too!
But enough about that… Saldana also told Latina the type of men she prefers (pay attention, guys!)
I’ve always gravitated toward men who praise women for their stubbornness and independence. The ones who couldn’t keep up, I just forget about them.
It also appears Saldana (who is currently in a relationship… dammit) won’t be working on ‘Star Trek’ on Valentine’s Day, as she’ll be a little… busy.
We’ll probably take advantage of the fact that everyone will be off doing their own thing, and we’ll just have lots of sex.
Sounds like a plan to us. :)
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