Saldana On Preparing To Play Uhura

By T'Bonz
February 4, 2009 - 2:06 AM

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, 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 Star Trek XI, Saldana has praise for Star Trek now. "...I have so much admiration for what they did," she said, "and how much the series continues to grow after 45 years and I had the honor of meeting Nichelle Nichols and working with Leonard Nimoy and it was fantastic."

Nichelle Nichols helped her with preparing to take on the role of Uhura. "I was able to sit down with her and she told me the whole story of 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 and auditioned for the part," said Saldana. "She named the character herself and it was a special thing and she felt as an artist, she was going 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's so awesome. There's not a lot I can say when I'm standing next to him. He's a legend."

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