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Zoe Saldana In Talks To Star Opposite Mark Ruffalo In Marital Drama "Infinitely Polar Bear"

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 16, 2011 6:07 AM
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And the beat goes on for Ms Zoe Saldana... Seems like she's signing up for a new project every month.

She'll be Bradley Cooper's girl in the currently-shooting plagiarism thriller The Words, and is now reportedly negotiating to star opposite another white dude Mark Ruffalo, in a marital drama produced by J.J. Abrams, titled Infinitely Polar Bear.

An infinitely interesting title.

Screenwriter Maya Forbes (who penned scripts for Monsters vs. Aliens, and The Larry Sanders Show) will direct the film, which New York magazine describes as "the dramatic version of Mr. Mom, albeit one on Abilify. Ruffalo plays a bipolar husband and father who goes off his medication, and then loses both his sanity and job while struggling to hold onto his marriage. Saldana would play his put-upon wife, who, after going back to work, ends up moving out of the house, leaving him with the kids."

I wonder if Mark Ruffalo will have as much fun with Zoe in this as he did with Yaya DaCosta in The Kids Are Alright

Shooting will begin in September.

And in anticipation of the usual "is she black" debates that often follow in the comments section whenever we post anything about Zoe Saldana, I'll throw this quote from the woman, into the pot, if only to add more for you to stir :):

"When I go to the D.R., the press in Santo Domingo always asks, "¿Qué te consideras, dominicana o americana?" (What do you consider yourself, Dominican or American?) I don't understand it, and it's the same people asking the same question. So I say, time and time again, "Yo soy una mujer negra." ("I am a black woman.") [They go,] "Oh, no, tú eres trigueñita." ("Oh no, you are 'dark skinned'") I'm like, "No! Let's get it straight, yo soy una mujer negra." ("I am a black woman.")"
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26 Comments

  • Melissa | July 2, 2011 10:03 AMReply

    (Hope this is not a double post on my part)

    I agree with accidentalvisitor and disagree entirely with JMAC. Both opinions are interesting though. I am a black woman(not american-born though, if it matters.)

    The TV and movies I personally watch, BW/WM is way more than BM/WW and has been for most of my life. Toss in comic book pairings too. And soap operas, its no contest.

    The target demographic might have something to do with this lopsidedness.

    But with daytime soap operas the target dem. is white women so I dunno why bw/wm is more than bm/wf, unless that's what they want to see too :)
    You never know...

  • Vanessa | June 18, 2011 12:54 PMReply

    @CareyCarey

    "Also, the notion that every black actress would take a role as the lover of a white dude is simply not true. Many do not want to project an image that they do not believe in."

    Ok so in your opinion, actresses should not accept roles with white leading men because of the "image"?? it sends out regardless if they're actually interested in doing the project. OK

    "Just as many actors turn down roles that are not in line with there morals or religious principles, so goes the ways of many actors who do not believe the scorn and hardships faced by the IR couple and especially their children, is something they desire to promote."

    Ok so you're are comparing morality and religious principals with opposing IR relationships. I see the parallel here. Not everyone in an IR faces "scorn" and "hardships", at least not enough to not want to commit to someone they love.

    So, in conclusion I see that you are against IR relationships. I respect your opinion.

    My only issue with IR relationships in Hollywood is the reluctance to pair up 2 black leads. Obviously, the point you are making is totally different.

  • CareyCarey | June 18, 2011 10:12 AMReply

    AV said: "Even more than that what I really ask for is that in the future if a rising black male star gets paired up almost exclusively with non-black actresses, that the black community don’t sweat it just as they don’t seem to sweat it when our leading ladies pair up mostly with white men on the big screen (and, yes, we do not get all worked up if Halle or Whoopi stars alongside a white guy as we would/do if Denzel and Eddie stars alongside a white gal).

    @ Accidental Vistor, Is that right? I don't think so. I don't know who you are referring to "we don't get worked up" but the issue of interracial relationships has always been an issue of deep concern for both blacks and whites. If not, this discussion would not be taking place. It's the denial that it's not a big issue by the vast majority or it's common and widely accepted, is what I have a problem with.

    At the very core, the issue is interracial relationships. This discussion would not even be talking place if there is not a deep divide on how those types of relationship are viewed, accepted (or not), welcomed and scorned by both whites and black. I think it was JMac who addressed a reader in California who implied that IR is common and accepted by most blacks. JMac replied that where she lives (Southeast) it’s not common nor widely accepted, and I agree.

    So, for some to say it’s no big deal is simply an act of denial. As you pointed out, there are deeper issues of concerns, other than “the black actress has to earn a living”. I question those with that type of ambivalent attitude because as has been stated many times, movies are much more than forms of entertainment. What messages could one possibly receive by constantly seeing the black chick as the white guys tight squeeze/love interest, but seldom the reverse... the brotha loving, using or abusing his white significant other. Oh wait, we do see that when the brotha is a pimp or hustler.

    Also, the notion that every black actress would take a role as the lover of a white dude is simply not true. Many do not want to project an image that they do not believe in. Just as many actors turn down roles that are not in line with there morals or religious principles, so goes the ways of many actors who do not believe the scorn and hardships faced by the IR couple and especially their children, is something they desire to promote.

    Let me stop because this discussion is wide open. IR couples in movies... what are they good for and what are the downsides? And let's not for one minute stratify actors above the common man, and wrongfully assume that all actors take certain roles for all the right reasons, nor that they are individuals we should emulate, and/or use as role models.

    In short, IR in films, the good, the bad and what the hell are they good for? If a movie showed all the terrible hardships of interracial relationships, I'd say bring it on. But the realities of those unions have dire consequences that are seldom talked about, let alone seen on the screne. On the big screen it's frequently zippity doo dah, oh what a wonderful day.

  • JMac | June 18, 2011 6:17 AMReply

    Accidental Visitor - you wrote a great article about black leading men on screen but you're gonna have to lay out proof for the BW/WM pairings being more prevalent than BM/WW statement. Are you just focusing on films or including tv as well?

    Whoopi is almost never paired against any man romantically regardless of race. Only films where she was in an IR relationship was Fatal Beauty and Corrina Corrina (the IR relationship being a primary focus of the movie - great film). I guess if you want to stretch the definition, you can add Made in America, JJF, and the first 15 minutes of Sister Act but those were barely "relationships" at all - no kissing, intimate touching, or likewise. The guys may as well had been her step brother from they way they interacted with her. If anything people [read black men] are more vocal over Whoopi's actual IR relationships than what she's done on screen. There's a similar trend against other black actresses in her situation. People get worked up with these pairings, maybe not in the same way or in the same circumstance. It is still an issue.

    Halle Berry as a biracial actress with one white parent tends to get a pass. Nobody raises that much fuss over her IR scenes unless it's completely degrading. Which brings us to the most annoying issue with IR relationships on screen: When BM are paired with WW it is almost always portrayed as an equal relationship. She's not a whore or someone just being used for temporary sexual gratification like with BW and WM pairings. I notice that's been changing a little in more recent films but I'm still not getting a warm and fuzzy feeling over it. Does that mean I'm against IR relationships? No, but it'd be nice to see relationships reflecting the reality for 90 to 95 percent of the black population more. Another reason why people love Tyler Perry? IR relationships no longer have shock value on their own and they're barely being used to ramp up the drama. That's what gay and down low brother relationships are for- j/k,...well maybe not.

    Honest question: Didn't Denzel say in Ebony years back that he purposefully limits his IR roles with white women because he knows black women are his bread and butter and he wouldn't have reached his star status without them? Pretty sure he did. Now whether he actually did and had the power to demand those choices is another topic- so is whether black actors and actresses decline IR roles. Someone posted months back that many black actresses do this all the time and as a result they don't get the same "positive" attention [more offers, bigger roles] as actresses who do. It seems sad that your talent depends more on which white actor you star with than your training and experience. Reminds me of the standard that states black singers/musicians aren't considered truly successful unless they crossover.

    Alright, I'm through rambling. Gonna be one hell of a show next week.

  • CareyCarey | June 18, 2011 4:51 AMReply

    Okay Vanessa, here we go.

    "Not everyone in an IR faces “scorn” and “hardships”, at least not enough to not want to commit to someone they love"

    Take out the word "everyone", and then have a conversation with 5 IR couples who you trust, and they trust you, and listen to their difficulties.

    There are two types of relationships in this world that draw the most scorn, side-eyes, and basic disapproval by whites and people of color.... Homosexual & interracial relationships.

    I have a step-daughter who is a lesbian, who is also married to a woman. We are cool, I was the MC at their wedding (it's legal in Iowa). She and her small core of friends are my source of information when I have questions regarding homosexual issues. Point blank she told me that although she is in love with her lady, she wouldn't wish that lifestyle on her worst enemy. Her children are affected, there's always subtle tension and overt ostracization at her work place. Her friend base is limited, and even within her immediate family and cousins, there's alway a sense of tension. . JUXTAPOSE those same problems with IR couples. Along with the above problems, there are other intrinsic problems associated with merging a white person with a black American. First, there’s an immediate culture clash that can adversely affects the children. I am sure you can identify a number of issues that fall in that area, i.e., hair and body care issues, grandparents, friends, the dominating parent defining what culture will be embraced, cruel children, etc, just to name a few.

    In short Vanessa, I hope you understand what I do not like about certain types of relationships.

    It's yo thang, do what you want to do, but in the above relationships, it's not always about "You", and yo lover.

    So I don't want to here it said that "it's" acceptable and common, because it's NOT.

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 18, 2011 1:57 AMReply

    I'm not here to blame the actresses. I'm not here to criticize them either. All I ask is that if a conversation comes about please do not resort to the old "its all equal" lie. That's it. That's all I care about in this whole discussion. Even more than that what I really ask for is that in the future if a rising black male star gets paired up almost exclusively with non-black actresses, that the black community don't sweat it just as they don't seem to sweat it when our leading ladies pair up mostly with white men on the big screen (and, yes, we do not get all worked up if Halle or Whoopi stars alongside a white guy as we would/do if Denzel and Eddie stars alongside a white gal).

    Interesting you mentioned Derek Luke because I was going to bring up his role in that upcoming movie as well. But I was going to use it as an example of how we as black folks get the conversation wrong. When the Derek Luke casting was announced one of the commentators on this site, I think it was a black male, thought now was the time to bring up how Hollywood has no interest in pairing black men and women in movies. Funny how the one time a black guy got cast as a love interest for a white woman that the poster decided to even address the issue because there must have been before then a dozen or so castings of black women as the love interest of white men.

  • Vanessa | June 18, 2011 1:16 AMReply

    @CareyCarey

    I'd like to add, I wouldn't mind seeing a BM/WW on-screen pairing if it were a good story. Derek Luke playing Keira Knightly's love interest is a pairing I would like to see, NOT because he's black and she's white but because I really like both actors and want to see how they play it out.

    Same thing with Anthony Mackie. If he did a movie with Anne Hathaway that he wasn't pimping/hustling etc but just in an honest relationship, I would be very interested to see. Again, I enjoy watching both actors separately so why wouldn't I enjoy watching them together? and no, it doesn't mean I'm promoting IR relationships.

  • Vanessa | June 17, 2011 12:19 PMReply

    @AccidentalVisitor

    I don't think anyone is really challenging you on that front. Yes, it is totally different standards for black actors and actresses. Those are set by a "white male hollywood"

    I totally agree. I think it's starting to change a bit. Derek Luke is being paired romantically with Keira Knightly in an upcoming flick.

    However, yes, you can't compare both. Nobody said they were equal parameters. What should the black actresses do though? Go on strike and not work? Start a war??

    I get your point really, but should we blame these actresses?

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 17, 2011 11:44 AMReply

    Part Two

    I'm not saying it is right or wrong but I am sure as hell saying there is no black male equivalency so please stop acting as if there is one. Please. Suggesting that there is such an equivalency would be like hearing the protestations of people who are in denial of global warming. Actually I’ll take that back. Global warming deniers can at least present their counter theories, fudge the math and make the correct claim that the final results are not yet in. The people who act as if black females don’t get more IR pairings on the big screen, however, are in denial and too lazy to do a count by heading to an IMDB page.
    But, heck, I’ll make it simple for you by asking four different questions and providing answers based on both history and what’s occurring in the present:

    1- Can a major white male star have a career in which the vast majority of his leading ladies are non-white women? No. He can have a few sprinkled here and there during the course of his career, but as of now there isn’t any precedence of such a scenario.

    2- Can a major white female star have a career in which the vast majority of her leading men are non-white men? Hell, no. That’s the quickest way to losing that “major star” status if you are a white female. There would probably be backlash, both subtle or not so subtle, but that’s a moot point because it won’t happen anytime soon. There is no precedence.

    3- Can a major black male star have a career in which the vast majority of his leading ladies are non-black? Of course not. Eddie, Denzel and Will have been huge movie stars with high Q ratings amongst the mainstream (read: white people) moviegoing audience. And even though their onscreen hookups have been more limited than their white counterparts, the vast majority of their onscreen relationships have been with black women. Period. Pairing them with white women especially could lead to backlash from both black and white audiences alike, although it would be nice to see if that would have been the case by actually going that route more. Anyway there is no precedence for it.

    4- Can a major black female star have a career in which the vast majority of her leading men are non-black? Uh….duh? There’s almost a written rule that such a star can have a career under those conditions. Hell, it is almost encouraged by Hollywood. There is so much precedence for it. In fact there is more precedence for that these past 25 or so years than there is with a major black female star having a viable career with most of her onscreen love interests being black men.


    Anyone who wants to challenge those points can go ahead but the numbers prove them wrong. So all I ask is that if there is to be a discussion or a podcast concerning this subject let’s stick to reality and stop trying to make things up. A decent and engaging conversation can take place without denying certain truths. We need to be honest and discuss what it means, why are such things so one-sided, what’s the big deal, is it hypocrisy, what does it say about America, etc? But we need to take the blinders off already. I can go to websites with black posters and if there is a movie like “Hitch” in which Big Willie hooks up with some non-black gal, all I read is complaints about how Hollywood won’t invest in black love and, of course, why a black woman couldn’t get the role. But when I go to the same sites after the casting of a black actress as the love interest of a white male all I hear are the sounds of crickets in regards to the whole “black love” absence. Not to mention it is very telling that when a black actress gets such IR opportunities people point out that black actresses should not have to limit themselves in any way but when a black actors get paired onscreen in an IR relationship the topic becomes (again) all about black actresses' having their opportunities limited. What? You can't have it both ways.

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 17, 2011 11:37 AMReply

    I guess I'll have to breat this up into two parts

    Part One:


    {{ I’ll say it again – this whole ‘debate’ over who black women (and why is it always black women and never black men?) should be cast with is stupid. }}

    This is common revisionism. A black male hooking up with a white woman in a movie or a TV show, even as rare as it is in the former, always have led to volatile conversations. Always. The whining from folks over seeing a black guy paired with a white woman remains ever present, so to suggest the debate has never occurred on that issue is both insincere and laughable. When Denzel’s character slept with the white chick in “He Got Game” there were reports of actual black women yelling at the screen because they were pissed. When Will Smith had the most timid non-relationship (and an even more timid kiss) with Charlize Theron in “Hancock”, a new black female writer for Entertainment weekly did an editorial (an editorial!!!) in the EW magazine about why couldn’t a black girl been given the role. Surprisingly (not!) no such handwringing is expressed when time after time the black ladies become the arm candy onscreen to white males. Do we have collective amnesia now or are we just twisting the facts?

    No true discussion, if a discussion is warranted, will ever take place until such nonsense is tossed out. Nor will there be any true discussion until people admit to the undeniable facts: that black actresses are paired alongside white actors far more in movies than black actors are paired alongside white actresses. This is not an opinion, it is reality because numbers don't lie. And yet constantly when this topic comes up people want to act as if that there is an equal amount of "swirling" going on on both sides. That is false.

    I'm not judging Zoe Saldana at all. But the truth is already in her short career she has had more on screen interracial hookups (and I believe all of them with white men) than Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy combined! I mention those three men because they have been the three biggest black stars at the box office (both domestically and internationally) over the past 25 years and yet they still are "limited" to the type of women they can be paired with on the screen. And I don't want folks taking offense at the word "limited" as in thinking that I'm suggesting it is limiting for a black male to be with a black woman. My point is simply about limited in opportunities. Hollywood wouldn't even consider the top white leading ladies to be paired with black men, even the ones with the stature as those three gentlemen that I previously mentioned. But the same industry doesn't mind pairing the top leading black ladies with white males on the regular.

    And the example of Zoe could have easily been tossed aside and filled with the names Halle, Whoopi, and Thandie who each have had more pairings alongside white males than the combined interracial pairings for Denzel, Will and Eddie. And at this rate ladies such as Naomie Harris and Nicole Beharie may not be far behind. Then whose next? Paula Patton? Rhianna if she gets a legit career? Beyonce? Can Kerry Washington make a comeback on this front? And I’m not going to even include the more racially mixed black actresses such as Mya Rudolph, Rashida Jones and Rosario Dawson because, well, that would be unfairly stacking the deck.


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  • Vanessa | June 17, 2011 8:07 AMReply

    @CareyCarey

    First of all, yes you're right, it's not the most ridiculously ignorant comment I've heard in my WHOLE life.

    I'm not going to disagree about the unjust casting politics that Hollywood engages in to make a profit. Would I love to see two black leads like Nicole Beharie and Anthony Mackie in a big budget super love story/action/thriller!? YES it would be a dream.

    I would also wish people of all races and creeds would go see it, but it doesn't look like it's happening any time soon.

    What do you think these actresses' intentions are.. "oh I hope i get another script this week with the whitest of the whitest romantic lead so it would prove that I can make it in Hollywood??!!!

    Just like I wouldn't say that black actresses that are casted with mostly black male leads think "Jeez, nevermind this script, I don't have a black lead co-star/co-stars ..forget it!" *trash*

    No, so I stand by what i said earlier. What about being an actor and bringing a script to life as a thespian regardless of the race of the co-stars you have "concerns" with?

    Is it that she's "selling out"? Should she pass on a truly intriguing story that she's genuinly interested in because of fear of 'concerns' that some in the "black community" may have?

  • Vanessa | June 17, 2011 7:49 AMReply

    @CareyCarey

  • CareyCarey | June 17, 2011 7:20 AMReply

    @ Vanessa, yeah, I agree, that was a pretty ignorant statement, but the worst you've ever heard. I can't believe that? But look, you know I live and die for spirited conversations, and I've mentioned/addressed a few of yours, so you know I don't mind being put on blast. In fact, I hunger for it, because that means someone disagree with me or I didn't make myself clear, which requires me to come back and meet them on even ground.

    So, my statement, although given in a tongue n cheek fashion, in the context of which I gave it, I was addressing the issue of more and more black female actors taking roles with white men as their love interest. If you read my comment again, you'll find that the issue of interracial relationships in films is a topic that the S & A staff will discuss in next weeks live cast. So, although my comment didn't hit your funny bone, I meant it in jest and as a way to inspire more conversation on the subject. And low and behold, here you come knocking at my door. The plan worked!

    And, you've done a great job of establishing your position. Let's look at your opinion...

    "She’s a THESPIAN, who studied the craft for years. She is an actor first, and will choose her material on whether she considers it a good project, script etc., not judge it based on the color of her costar and filmmakers. Besides, Hollywood’s race politics when it comes to casting lead actors is not Nicole, Zoe’s or Naomi Harris’ fault, they are just trying to bring a good story to life using their craft"

    Okay Vanessa, I have to say that I have serious concerns/ indifference with those comments.

  • Vanessa | June 17, 2011 6:16 AMReply

    @K I agree with a lot of what you said, Questioning someone's racial identity to death is sickenly obsessive, tiring and feeds into a lot of negativity.

    @CareyCarey

    Excuse me but to say Nicole "buiding my career on top of a white mountain" Beharie is the most ridiculously ignorant statement I've ever heard. I appreciate your comments CC but Nicole is building her career based on TALENT. She's a THESPIAN, who studied the craft for years. She is an actor first, and will choose her material on whether she considers it a good project, script etc., not judge it based on the color of her costar and filmmakers.

    Besides, Hollywood's race politics when it comes to casting lead actors is not Nicole, Zoe's or Naomi Harris' fault, they are just trying to bring a good story to life using their craft. period.

  • dcmoviegirl | June 17, 2011 2:55 AMReply

    I'm also tired of the blackness measurement debate as well, as it ALWAYS us whipping out the damn measuring stick.

    It seems counterproductive and even self-sabotaging. Though I do believe Hollywood has a "safely" black litmus test, it's not always based on color, hair texture, and so on...

    Kerry Washington was borderline "acceptable" and even flirting with the A/B-list a few years back, after all,while Meagan Good, who is technically lighter-skinned is considered to be more "urban".

    It's mostly based on perceived suburban girl next door and/or "exoticness" and just how "black"(urban/scary) said black actress is perceived by the general white public.

  • BluTopaz | June 16, 2011 12:34 PMReply

    Yeah thx JMac. In 2011 it's hard to believe there are Blacks and Latinos who still don't get there are Black Latinos. Slave ships stopped in the Caribbean also, not all Black people eat soul food and ZOE IS NOT BI-RACIAL. Her features look just like many of the 100% Black women I see on the train every day in Brooklyn.


    back to the topic, I'm also neutral about Zoe's acting skills and don't get the hype about her, but agreed that Ruffalo is talented. It'll be interesting to see if he does that awww shucks boyish vibe in a character portraying a mental illness that affects a lot of people.

  • JMac | June 16, 2011 10:47 AMReply

    God do we really need to rehash black vs. Latino again? I know I'm not the only person who watched Skip Gates' Black in Latin America series. Damn it, Latino just means you come from a spanish speaking country. That's it. More black slaves ended up in Latin American countries than the US. Does that mean they aren't black? No! Is that really so difficult to understand? If it is, take your ignant ass to the PBS website and educate yourself. And yes it'll also address the whole Dominican race issues.

    As far as the interracial thing, let's be realistic. If a movie has both a black male lead and a black female lead, will white people watch it? Mainstream consensus seems to be no - not if both characters are absolutely essential to the plot. I know WE'd like to see it but WE aren't the audience these filmmakers are trying to attract (and our financial power to make or break a film is laughable). Want to see Zoe with a black guy, rent Drum Line or persuade black filmmakers to stop trying to "out-white" white filmmakers and get their priorities straight. Of course, that's not directed to all black filmmakers but I think you know which ones need to heed that.

  • R.J. | June 16, 2011 10:33 AMReply

    In response to the post by Orville, you do understand that the African-American community is not the black community as a whole, right? I know people from the Caribbean who are black but don't like being called African-American because they don't want to be associated with the culture. Zoe Saldana is a black Latino, she isn't African-American so why should she call herself one? Furthermore, saying she is a Latino isn't the same as denying her race, especially since Latino isn't a race. That's not to say that there aren't black Latino's who don't want to be called black, and I'm certainly not naive enough to suggest that some black actors of Latin descent may use that as a way to make themselves seem more "exotic." And you also have to remember that Wikipedia isn't exactly a 100% reliable source. Anyone can edit those pages so just because those people refuse to label her as such doesn't mean she denies it.

    As far as the role goes, more power to her. I like Zoe and Mark Ruffalo is an insanely talented actor so I'm excited to see the project. As a person of color I would obviously love to see challenging domestic drama's in the same vein as this film that feature two black people, but I'm not going to disparage those involved in the making of this film for portraying a mixed-marriage. From the synopsis given there seems to be no mention of race being integral to the plot, so the fact that a Hollywood film actually put a person of color into a role that could have easily gone to an up-and-coming white starlet is a positive thing in my eyes. I mean, how often does "colorblind casting" actually result in a diverse cast? This at the very least ensures that more than one person of color will be in the movie seeing as how the couple portrayed by Ruffalo and Saldana have kids.

    BTW Orville, no disrespect was intended so hopefully it doesn't come across that way. :-)

  • Anonymous | June 16, 2011 9:47 AMReply

    One thing, a small thing, I've noticed about her... she never (as much) contours (with makeup) her noise into pointed-anglo oblivion as some of our "safe" actresses/singers do. Her nose is her nose, her skin her skin, her blackness her blackness. What, is she supposed to turn down big roles just because the male lead isn't Black? I always thought Mark was Latino...

    JJ Abrams, Zoe Saldana...I'm interested. I'm there.

  • Orville | June 16, 2011 9:41 AMReply

    Is the person that posted this message sure Zoe Saldana considers herself a black woman? I ask the question because I heard some black latinos do NOT want to be considered a part of the African American community. It definitely seems that Zoe Saldana has passed Halle Berry as the mixed race A list actress of colour. Halle is 44 going on 45 and Zoe is only 32. I wish Zoe well but I read on Wikipedia that they are calling her Latino and not black.

  • CareyCarey | June 16, 2011 9:36 AMReply

    OH Boy! Can y'all hear it? That's my heart thumping. I am REVVED Up, stoked, on fire about this black woman, white guy thang in films. Yes sir, I wish I had a magic wand. I'd zap that bad boy and whisk ahead to next Wednesday. at 7 PM CST. .. I’d have my dusty butt standing by to hear Monique say the words... “We’ll be talking about interracial relationships on screen as well as Nicole Beharie”

    My palms are itching ( a black thang that means one can expect money in their future) but money ain’t my thang, cuz you can’t put a price on happiness. So I am just jumping for joy that this issue will be one of the discussion topics in next weeks live cast. Huuuummm, which way will I go? Jungle fever or Pink toe? Or side with Zoe “only my hairdresser knows” Saldana and Nicole “I am building my career on top of the white mountain” Beharie? I might take the position that nobody really cares who‘s kissing who, and why should they? Nawl, I can’t front, I know there are black women and men alike, that have a lot to say about “guess who’s coming to dinner” especially if it’s a white dude. Film or no film, movie or not, the issue is alive and kicking and I can’t wait for the discussion. films, books, all art, are an extension of life.

    So I'll be looking for the good (of interacial relationships in films), the bad, and the **shrugs** idk.

  • cruz777 | June 16, 2011 7:25 AMReply

    i loved the fact that she stated that quite some time ago.

    that being said, as she get's bigger, she'll eventually overtake thandie newton's record for being the black girlfriend/wife/love interest to the white male lead/co-lead. hopefully, she will also be cast as a love interest of more than just white dudes in the future

  • Vanessa | June 16, 2011 7:04 AMReply

    Good for her. This whole is she really black is getting so old! sick and tired of hearing about it Anyways, I wish I really liked Zoe Saldana a lot since she's getting all these roles, why don't I care about her?! I mean she's cute.

    I never saw Star Trek, maybe I need to see that and then I'll be really excited for Colombiana and all these movies. *shrug*

    I kind of agree that she fits into this "safe black" for Hollywood category.

    And as far as the interracial element, what else can we say about it? There's going to be a discussion about this topic on next week's podcast. Hmm

  • Kia | June 16, 2011 6:48 AMReply

    At least it's Mark who'll be the bipolar one. Honestly, can't JJ Abrams just stay in blockbuster land and leave the dramatic fare to the indie filmmakers and new talent on the rise.

  • middlechile | June 16, 2011 6:48 AMReply

    She's black, but not TOO black.

    There's a whole section on this phenomenon on the tvtropes site

    I'm happy for her success and glad she's black identified, but when are we gonna see a Two Black Parents, Descendant of Slaves black woman in these types of roles?

  • Joe | June 16, 2011 6:41 AMReply

    I remember hearing they offered the role to Halle Berry earlier this year. She's set to film Cloud Atlas in September, so J.J Abrams must have turned to Zoe instead.

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