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Zoe Saldana is looking amazing on the cover the January issue of Modern Luxury’s Manhattan magazine to promote her new film, Out of the Furnace, which costars Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, and Casey Affleck. Zoe plays Bale’s lover, and the movie is a gritty crime drama

In the cover story, Zoe discusses how she refuses to play the part of a clichéd Hollywood starlet.

On gender injustice: “It’s very hard being a woman in a man’s world, and I recognised it was a man’s world even when I was a kid. It’s an inequality and injustice that drove me crazy, and which I always spoke out against – and I’ve always been outspoken. I love learning new skills, especially those you’re told girls aren’t good at – like parallel parking. Hey, I’m going to learn to ride a Ducati!”

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She doesn’t “generic” or “sexy bombshell” characters:
“I’m known for being selective in parts I either pick or pursue, and what matters most is that they be good female roles where the character isn’t cardboard or objectified, and where there’s real substance. No generic girlfriend or wife, and no sexy bombshell. Enough of that already!”
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The power of ballet: “Before ballet, I had trouble concentrating, and I wouldn’t even try to concentrate on things I wasn’t interested in. The barre, the piano, the breathing – they calmed and centred me, and allowed me to learn lessons physically, which is how I learn best.”

zoemanhatt2Her family’s work ethic: “My sisters and I weren’t raised to be princesses; we were taught to want love and to recognise love, but not to be tempted to sacrifice things you can provide for yourself for love. We were taught to work.”

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  • Val

    Zoe sit your a** all the way down.

  • MimiLuvs

    In my honest opinion, I think Zoe accepted the Nina Simone role because she (and her agent) thinks that this is her way of being nominated for a prestigious award and receive critical accolades as well. The last two actresses who have done the same (donning protestics to “ugly themselves up”) thing were Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, both actresses won the “Best Actress” Academy Awards for those roles. It is a worst-kept secret that when an actress (in particular, a physically appealing actress) takes on the “arduous task” of down-playing their looks for a role, she is considered a talented actress. I remember when film critics gave Cameron Diaz props for when she starred in “Being John Malkovich” despite spending years panning her acting.
    Now in regards to Zoe, I don’t think that she is an actress that can “carry” a film by herself. I don’t think that she has that range. And please do not bring up “Avatar” and “Columbiana” as an examples.

    • MommieDearest

      Excellent observation. The same thing happened with Hillary Swank when she did “Boys Don’t Cry.”

      Sadly, I think Zoe will get her Negro wake-up call if things don’t work out that way for her.

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