For Zoe Saldana, J.J. Abram’s interest in working with her was “all she needed,” to attract her to Star Trek XI
As reported by Blackfilm.com, Abram’s interest in working with Saldana and liking her work was enough for her to agree to meet with him. “For an actor, that’s all you need,” she said. “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.” Although not a fan of the original series prior to her work on StarTrek XI, Saldana has praise for Star Trek now. “…I have so muchadmiration for what they did,” she said, “and how much the seriescontinues to grow after 45 years and I had the honor of meetingNichelle Nichols and working with Leonard Nimoy and it was fantastic.”
Nichelle Nichols helped her with preparing to take on the role ofUhura. “I was able to sit down with her and she told me the whole storyof 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 andauditioned for the part,” said Saldana. “She named the characterherself and it was a special thing and she felt as an artist, she wasgoing to make the part big.”
Saldana also spoke to Leonard Nimoy, but was a bit intimidated by him.”You can only talk to Leonard for a little while,” she explained. “He’sso awesome. There’s not a lot I can say when I’m standing next to him.He’s a legend.”
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