Whenever she can, Zoe Saldana loves to do her own stunt work in movies.
“I have the itch lately,” said Saldana. “I don’t know if it is after Avatar or Star Trek or because I’ve just finished an action film called The Losers, in which I did almost all my own stunts. I think it’s so empowering and sexy.”
Inspired by other actresses who have led the way, Saldana wants women to be heroines in movies, not just sex symbols or mothers. “I love actresses like Angelina [Jolie] and Jessica [Biel],” she said. “They’re very agile, they incorporate their bodies with their characters and they pick women who are very strong. I really dig that.”
Saldana credits Jolie, Salma Hayek and Halle Berry for giving actresses more options in movies. “Before them, women were just sex pots or mothers,” she said. “They were never the heroes who saved the day. They’ve enabled a generation of actresses to have a bigger variety of roles.”
Not that Saldana minds sexuality, she just wants more options for women. “If I wanted to be part of a story that is amazing and had a lot of sexual openness, that’s fine. But I am so grateful to know that, like them, I can open different doors for women.”