Rebooted Uhura says she's more than just a 'sex tool'

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Zoe Saldana, who played the new Uhura in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek and will voice a blue alien in James Cameron's upcoming Avatar, says she's not just a sex plaything.

Speaking to Details magazine, Saldana said: "I've always gravitated toward the Sigourney Weavers, the f--king Linda Hamiltons, the Angelina Jolies. I just love strong women that are in tune with their bodies—that don't just use their bodies as sex tools."

She also talked about her new role as sci-fi leading lady and about gravitating toward action films, learning to kick ass in combat training and playing a computer-animated 10-foot-tall alien, for which she also provided a performance through motion-capture technology.

"Motion capture isn't like shooting Shrek," Saldana said. "You're in a suit with all these dots on you, and whatever you do, they get it. Sam [Worthington] and I did all sorts of stupid s--t. If you burp, your character burps. I'd shake my booty, and you'd see my character shaking her booty."

Avatar opens Dec. 18, and Star Trek is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

(Thanks to the Huffington Post for the heads-up.)

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