Zoe Saldana in Manhattan December 2013: I Refuse To Play “Sexy Bombshell” Roles. The former Center Stage star is getting ready for the premiere of her new crime drama “Out of the Furnace”. She is wearing designer clothes from Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin for the John Russo-spread, the “Star Trek” dame discussed the roles she snags and why she refuses to live in a “man’s world.”
On battling inequality:
“It’s very hard being a woman in a man’s world, and I recognized it was a man’s world even when I was a kid. It’s an inequality and injustice that drove me crazy, and which I always spoke out against – and I’ve always been outspoken. I loved learning new skills, especially those you’re told girls aren’t good at – like parallel parking. Hey, I’m going to learn to ride a Ducati!”
On picking her favorite roles:
“I’m known for being selective in parts I either pick or pursue, and what matters most is that they be good female roles where the character isn’t cardboard or objectified, and where there’s real substance. No generic girlfriend or wife, and no sexy bombshell. Enough of that already!”
On learning from dance:
“Before ballet, I had trouble concentrating, and I wouldn’t even try to concentrate on things I wasn’t interested in. The barre, the piano, the breathing – they calmed and centered me, and allowed to learn lessons physically, which is how I learn best.”
Photo Credit: John Russo for Manhattan.