Zoe Saldana was immortalized today on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Since appearing in the 2009 Star Trek film the actress has rocketed to stardom, appearing in Avatar, which remains the highest grossing film of all time, along with two Guardians of The Galaxy films and of course two other Star Trek films. She also has an important part in the just-released Avengers: Infinity War, which could very well pass Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time.
Hailed as queen of the universe
At the ceremony today, producer/director James Cameron noted that they were taking a break from shooting the Avatar sequels for the event. He also talked about how Saldana has starred in three major sci-fi franchises, noting:
“Zoe pretty much owns outer space. I may be king of the world, but she is queen of the universe. Her iconic characters – Uhura, Neytiri, Gamroa – are role models for young women. These are women of courage and integrity, women who are unbound and authentic, women who stand for something.”
Accepting the honor, Saldana talked about her journey, explaining that you need to risk failure and “build from somewhere, step by step,” adding:
Having a dream is just step one. Step two: sleeves up, hard work, persistence, passion, perseverance. Fail often and fail forward. If at first you don’t succeed, you dust yourself off and you try again. I learned to love what I do and do what I love and that has been my mantra. From Burger King commercials, to Law and Order episodic, to a ballet movie. I got to be a pirate, an INS officer, a xenolinguist on the Enterprise. I got to be an alien warrior – well, multiple alien warriors.
Saldana is the first star from the Kevlin-verse series of Star Trek movies to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Of course many other actors and creatives from Star Trek history have their own stars, including creator Gene Roddenberry and the main cast of the original Star Trek. Nichelle Nichols, the original Uhura, received her star in 1992.
Proud of her work in sci-fi
Speaking to Variety before the event, Saldana talked about her history with the sci-fi genre, saying:
“Science fiction is a universe where a person like me who is unimaginable is imaginable by so many filmmakers like J.J. Abrams and James Cameron and James Gunn,” says Saldana. “I got to really flourish in this genre. I got to be brave and I got to be strong and I got to play characters that weren’t only the daughter, the wife, the girlfriend. I was a warrior and I was relevant to the storyline, and I’m very proud of the path that I’ve chosen for myself by avoiding falling into stereotypical boxes.”
You can watch video of the entire event (via Variety).