Why does Zoe Saldana make sci-fi flicks? Stronger female characters

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Jul 1, 2014

Do-it-all actress Zoe Saldana was recently asked why she takes on so many sci-fi roles, and the answer is pretty telling for how progressive the sci-fi genre is in comparison to all the others.

In an interview with Badass Digest for an upcoming issue of BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, Saldana opened up about her role in Guardians of the Galaxy as Gamora, as well as her stint as Uhura in the rebooted Star Trek run. The gist of it? She gravitates toward space-based films because they tend to have stronger female characters. Score one for sci-fi.

Here’s the choice excerpt:

“I like being in space because there are better parts for women in space. I don’t have to subject myself to just being the love interest or playing a character that doesn’t feel relevant to the story or playing a woman that doesn’t feel like an actual depiction of a real woman. When I read films in space and I’m working with these kinds of filmmakers there’s a neutral sense to the way they develop characters. It makes me feel very significant, very relevant and very excited …

They give themselves the right to imagine the unimaginable. I’m the kind of person that, even if I wasn’t in this business, and I was at a BBQ and someone like James Cameron and Steven Spielberg and  JJ Abrams was at that BBQ - and they weren’t filmmakers - we’d still end up talking. I’d be in that group. I’d gravitate towards those people more - they’re such interesting creatures to me!”

Saldana makes an intriguing point, and it really is a good one. Science fiction is littered with strong female heroes, and the inherent boundary-pushing of the genre makes it easier for characters to work on these extra levels. It's sad, but essentially she’s saying you have to send her to space and make her green to get a badass female hero on screen.

What do you think of Saldana’s reasoning here?

(Via Badass Digest)

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