In the nine months since TrekMovie.com first revealed that Zoe Saldana may be the new Uhura for JJ Abrams Star Trek we haven’t heard a lot from the actress about Trek. But in a new interview with io9 Saldana gives her thoughts on favorite episodes, her approach for Uhura, her cast mates, and even her mini-skirt!
Saldana says she only watched a few episodes of TOS prior to assuming the role of Uhura, citing “Plato’s Stepchildren” and “The Savage Curtain” as her favorites thus far. Apparently she steered clear of total immersion on the advice of director JJ Abrams:
He said, “If I have to advise you guys at all, I would advise you not to watch [Star Trek]. Just inform yourself of the whole concept of Star Trek, if you’re not already a Trekkie or fan. I don’t want you to cloud whatever contribution you guys can make yourselves to the role that you are jumping into.” I thought that was very encouraging. And then I met [original Uhura] Nichelle Nichols and she practically gave me the same advice. So I thought that I needed to make the important aspects about Uhura a priority.
Saldana says she used her talks with Nichols and Abrams as well as reference pictures to help build her character, although things changed after she met and talked with Chris Pine (Jim Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock):
For some reason’s Zach’s Spock and Chris’ Kirk brought out my Uhura. The conversations and sharing the knowledge of Star Trek, it was all really good. And I saw all the physical things that were important about her that the fans need. It was a mix of all of that.
regarding who went through the biggest transition…
I think we all did because at times I would think that it was Zachary turning into Spock. But then Chris Pine would walk onto the set in the morning with his blown out hair doing the Kirk walk. We were all transforming ourselves into these characters
…and on those mini-skirts:
I’m actually still waiting for the phone call from Paramount producers saying, "You know what Zoe? That skirt wasn’t short enough." After watching the show…those skirts were pretty short. If you made them any shorter, it would be a t-shirt. I think they’re going to be happy. But the funny thing is, I don’t think we went far enough..
For the full interview, which includes a Q & A on Avatar, see io9.
Maybe not a mini, but Zoe shows off some leg at the Rogan For Target Debut at Barneys New York on May 15, 2008. (WireImage)