Zoe Saldana (Gamora) Interview on Set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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As part of our behind-the-scenes visit to the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we interviewed the main cast. And what good interviews they were! Chris Pratt (aka Peter Quill) was SO fun –> you can read our interview with Chris here. And then, we sat with Zoe Saldana in full Gamora garb (green skin and all) and she was AWESOME!!!  Our time with Zoe was WAY too short since she had to get back to filming, but she was a gem! Truly just amazing! I would have loved to have chatted with her for hours.She is ALL about girl and women empowerment. She’s a woman; she’s a mom; she’s latina; she’s fierce; and she’s passionate!!!! She is passionate about connecting with your husband & family. She is passionate about being a female superhero. She is passionate about eating right & fitness because moms & women need to take care of their bodies! Though she was our shortest interview time-wise, Zoe provided just some absolute gems in her answers. And, she seemed SO genuinely sweet & nice to us. LOVED her!!!!

We started out asking about what it’s like to be back on set. 

ZOE:It feels really good. It’s like coming back to a family of people that you already broke the ice with. You feel super safe being yourself and trying new things. You’re working with a director that is super supportive. It’s still like a dude’s movie where he’s,like he’s inviting women to come and kick dudes’ asses. So, I signed up. I’m doing a lot more stunts, too, which I’m loving. 

I told you she was FIERCE and it’s comes out not only in her character, but in her whole self. And she looks AMAZING! So, we asked mentioned that.

Q: I know you have little babies. Because we all have children, we’re all moms here, and we’re all looking at you like…

ZOE: Snap that game.

LOVE her!!!! She called us out and she wouldn’t stand for that comparison game and putting ourselves down!

So we asked her about her fitness routine….

ZOE:Thank you. Um, not easy. It requires determination and a lot of discipline. I did not want to hate myself and I did not want to start fantasizing of what I used to be. I wanted to work with what I have. I gained 65 pounds. I’m not comparing myself to everybody but if my experience can be inspirational for you guys, I’m a killer. I don’t just approach like ‘I’m going to start Sunday… I’m going to start Monday because Sunday, you know, we’re having the barbeque.’ I’m like no f$%#&@ way. [LAUGHTER] No f$%#&@way. ’Cause to me it’s scarier to look at myself while I’m brushing my teeth and have 10 things to say about myself that I hate. I don’t want to live like that. We’re gifts. We’re f$%#&@ unique. We’re special. We’ve got to work. We work for everybody else every single day. You work for yourself. Be self-focused.

I love that and I don’t compromise. Even when people, like, you know, in my family. We are Latinas, we eat. Everything is in the kitchen, do you know what I’m saying? We’re happy. Make yourself this food. You’re sick? Get yourself a bucket of ice cream. Make some rice and beans. But I need the energy. I have twin boys, for the love of God, what am I, crazy? When these kids start running, what am I going to do? Feel tired or no?

Okay, we’re having a get-together. I’ll have dinner before. That way I’m not bitter, at a party, hungry. [LAUGHTER] I eat right before, and then I’m happy. I’m here. I’m full, you know? So, just little things like that. It helps a lot when you have a partner that is super supportive and understanding of the ups and downs, and compassionate, empathetic, about the fact that you just went through a life changing transformation.

It’s like you’re in the future and you’re going back to the past and you can’t get back to the future. Do you know what I’m saying? And to have somebody that’s kind of going ‘yeah, but what do you want to do now that we’re here?’ It helps. So, find fountains of support. It’s very important. I guess I can talk about gluten-free as well.

We’re having a lot of problems with our hormones ladies, our thyroids. It’s what we eat. It’s not in products that we’re using, you know what I’m saying? So, it’s about cleaning gut, it’s about fixing hormone levels, getting blood panels once a year after we become mothers, because we’re having adverse, like lethal reactions to gluten more and more and more and more. Our children are also being born with celiac and things like that. I don’t know if there’s a correlation but I read everything. And I have Hashimoto’s [Disease], an under-active thyroid. I’m on medication for the rest of my life. I want to be ahead of it. I don’t want to victimize myself. So, that is something very conscious, we’re 80% gluten-free, so to me, it’s about if I eat better, in that one moment where I get to sort of cut loose. And you realize also that you don’t go to the extremes.

See?! She is passionate!!! She works HARD for that body who can rock Gamora’s leather suit after having twins. And you could tell that she could of talked about this ALL day! We could have talked to HER all day! 

As working moms, we could also relate to her about that. So, we brought it up and she had a GREAT answer there as well!

Q: As a working mom, do you have any tips or tricks for finding balance with work and travel and everything?

ZOE:Talk. Talk about everything, no assumptions, no reserved feelings. And I love sharing this because I know this is good and insightful and people can get information and feel identified through all of our similarities when it comes to the challenges that we face, trying to live in one world where we get to have it all. 

Just last night, Mike goes like ‘Okay, I understand we’re super busy. Let’s practice still connecting, conversations. I don’t care what we’re talking about. If you’re in the bathroom while I’m in the shower, let’s freaking just share five things. It could be five anything. And I love that. You just have to constantly keep it open. And not just because you’re so tired, like getting lazy with the most important work in your life, which is your home, your life, you know? So, that’s one tip that I would love to share. [LAUGHTER] We’re doing it, guys.

Sadly, our time with Zoe was then cut a little short because she had to like actually work –  you know, like go shoot a scene for the movie! 😉 So, we couldn’t  get a picture with her. But she was SO awesome! And then we got to watch her shoot a scene (which was SUPER awesome…and I’ll be sharing about that in a few days).

Can’t wait to see her in action (and the rest of the cast) when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017! 

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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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