Zoe Saldaña Says She “Felt Artistically Stuck” While Working on Film Franchises for Past 10 Years

Zoe Saldaña Says She “Felt Artistically Stuck” While Working on Film Franchises for Past 10 Years

Zoe Saldana is reflecting on the major tentpole projects that have helped define her career since the late 2000s.

During a recent interview with Women’s Wear Daily, the actress said that she is grateful for having been part of massive blockbusters but that they led her to feel “artistically stuck.” Saldana, whose Netflix series From Scratch launched in October, stars as Neytiri in next month’s highly anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water and is set to reprise her role as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 , will be out in May.

“I feel that for the last 10 years of my life, I’ve been just stuck. The actress stated that she felt “stuck” in these franchises. “I’m grateful for the opportunities they provided, from collaboration with amazing directors to getting to know castmembers that are friends to getting to play a part that children love. It also meant that I felt artistically trapped in my craft, not being able expand or grow or challenge me by playing different genres and roles.

Saldana, who shares three children with her husband, Marco Perego, pointed out that she has previously found herself wrestling with the pressure that Hollywood and society at large can put on women who have started a family and are in their 40s. However, she made it clear that she feels optimistic about what her career has in store as she moves forward.

“But today, now that I’m 44, I’ve been able to have these opportunities, and I took control over my aging and I took control over my voice and how I consider myself as a woman,” she continued. “And I’m so glad that I can collaborate with filmmakers, producers and people in the industry that want that it for women, that want them to be ageless, and don’t fetishize their youth. It’s fascinating. It’s really fascinating .”

Saldana, who had an early-career turn in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, had a big 2009, starring as Uhura in Star Trek and then in Avatar, before her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut arrived five years later with the first Guardians of the Galaxy installment. The star has had a busy 2022 as well, having appeared in films The Adam Project and Amsterdam.

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