When she saw what conventions meant to Star Trek fans and how they enjoyed them, Zoe Saldana wanted some of that passion.
As reported by TrekMovie.com, in her research to understand what it was to be a Star Trek fan, Saldana watched Trekkies 1 and 2 as well as Star Trek episodes. “I didn’t even know what the word ‘Trekkie’ meant,” said Saldana. “So I didn’t know what conventions were. I knew of Star Trek, but not extensively. So part of doing my research to have the feel to be a Trekkie and to go to these conventions.” In watching the fans, Saldana felt a yearning to feel the passion that fans felt for a show begun over forty years ago. “I remember watching it and the people around me were sort of laughing at everything,” she said. “…I felt so overwhelmed and I felt so happy that I remember thinking ‘I want to be like that. I want to be so passionate about something that I incorporate it in my every day life and it is the reason I wake up and it fulfills me.’ So it was through the fans that I became very, very curious. What is it about this show and these characters and these stories that drew people to keep it alive after forty some years after only a few seasons?”
Saldana expresses her own passion through acting. “I am mostly passionate about what I do as an actor,” she said. “I love being able to tell stories. The participation of storytelling is what keeps me obsessed. I guess I am a Trekkie for movies.”
Speaking of passion, what about the Uhura-Spock romance? “I thought J.J. [Abrams] was out of his mind when he and Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman decided to take that route,” said Saldana. “My concerns was what effect it was going to have on the fan community and whether or not it was going to go according to what they had known for so long. But at the same time there was no way to disprove that something like that had taken place before on the Enterprise.”
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