Speaking exclusively with TrekMovie, Star Trek Into Darkness star Zoe Saldana explains how she got a fight scene for Uhura, why she isn’t ready for Spock and Uhura to settle down and more. Watch the video below and also find out how you can win a new iPad Mini signed by Saldana (courtesy of the new a+ iPad Magazine).
Saldana not ready for Spock and Uhura to settle down
It was late in the day when I sat down with Zach and Chris and you can see it at the beginning where they were cooling themselves with bags of ice. But regardless of the junket fatigue we pressed on. Watch it below.
Zoe Saldana on how she got Uhura a fight scene for Into Darkness…
At first it felt like it was a personal mission for me – a personal desire. And then as the years kept going I kept thinking that it would feel like a natural evolution for Uhura. Yes, she is part of Starfleet and graduated from the acadmey as a xeno-linguist, but to work in a military kind of profession you would have to be trained with some kind of military form of defense. At some point you are going to be used because all the boys are busy. I don’t know if I did this on purpose–trying to find reasons to justify my cause, but I did. And I know deep down that JJ And Damon and Alex and Bob felt that it would be great for her to do and I was happy.
As for the next movie, Saldana wasn’t sure what she wanted (except for one thing)
I don’t know where I would want to see Uhura. Definitely not married!…She has things she has to accomplish first.
But what about dealing with Spock’s Pon Farr? While Saldana didn’t know the name for the Vulcan 7-year mating drive, she was familiar with the concept.
A baby? On the Enterprise? Oh my god no! Not yet. Maybe by Star Trek 4 or 5 we can have a couple of Vulcans.
Saldana also talked about if she would like to see her Uhura become more like the classic TOS Uhura [Question from Craig of Columbus, OH]…
No. I hope not. Right now women are taking–having more participation and task-making. So I would assume that in our future, given our society today, their version of the Star Trek in the future–and I think it is a wonderful contribution to the franchise–is for women to have a more significant participation than just looking beautiful.
Saldana also said that speaking Klingon in Into Darkness was harder than speaking Navi in Avatar, explaining…
The pronunciation required a lot more effort [for Klingon]. It was a very deep tone that I discovered as I was learning it.
As for the next Avatar movie, Saldana said she expected to start shooting the sequel "early next year." She aslo confirmed that she would be in the new Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy (playing the alien Gamora) [see previous TrekMovie article], but said she was just starting the process for that film including fitings but she was "just as excited but also just as curious" as everyone else over it.
Saldana Debuts New a+ Digital Magazine – win iPad Mini Signed By Zoe
Zoe Saldana has a cover story feature for a+, the new entertainment magazine experience covering music, film, fashion & style exclusively available on iPad and iPhone. The new digital magazine (from former GIANT Magazine editor-in-chief Smokey Fontaine) is full of videos, portfolios & celebrity interviews crafted specifically for the digital platform, not "optimized" to fit.
To celebrate the launch of the inaugural issue of a+, the magazine has partnered with TrekMovie to give away a free iPad Mini with a custom case signed by Zoe Saldana.
You can win this Zoe Saldana-signed iPad Mini
TrekMovie.com and a+ Magazine will be giving away the iPad Mini via @TrekMovie Twitter on Friday. Some time around noon Pacific Time on Friday TrekMovie will post a Saldana-related trivia question. The winner will be chosen randomly from one of the correct responses (North American residents only).
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