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Zoe Saldana Refuses To Play A "Victim" Or Just Another Girlfriend Role

Shadow and Act By Cynthia Reid | Shadow and Act July 25, 2011 at 6:14AM

“I refuse to play the girlfriend, mother, daughter or victim. I am proud to think that after Avatar, my next part wasn’t just as the girlfriend of Mr. What's-his-name in a blockbuster.”
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I refuse to play the girlfriend, mother, daughter or victim. I am proud to think that after Avatar, my next part wasn’t just as the girlfriend of Mr. What's-his-name in a blockbuster.”

That's what actress Zoe Saldana recently explained to L'Express regarding her career choices as she promotes her latest film.


I don't work so hard to end up the girlfriend of the lead part. As a woman, I find it really humiliating. And there isn't anything victorious in it. Success, to me, means playing a part that a man could have done,” she said.

She further states that she's always identified with strong, superhero types which is why she was attracted to her latest character as Cataleya in Colombiana.

When I was a child, I never used to pretend to be a princess, I was a ninja, Sarah Connor or Wonder Woman. I would imagine I was an action lady. When we were celebrating Halloween, I wanted to dress up as Batman," she said. "I used to watch Terminator every Wednesday afternoon. I love science fiction… I 'd love to put myself in jeopardy. Which is surprising for a little girl. Being an actress allows me to do it even more.”

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