Not one to shy away from calling out the sexism that exists within Hollywood, Guardians of the Galaxy & Star Trek star Zoe Saldana is currently revealing the sexism she has endured despite her continued success upon the big screen.
“A producer once told me he hired me for the way I held a gun while wearing panties, not for my opinions,” said Saldana, referring to her 2011 hit action film Colombiana in-which she encountered a producer who offensively told her why she had gotten the role, “I wish I’d recorded it, so I could play it for every girl in elementary school and tell them never to let anybody treat them that way.”
However, looks aside Saldana noted this wasn’t just one encounter but recalls other issues that has resulted in similar sexist issues.
Back in June, the 37-year-old Latino actress noted how her pregnancy had affected her career.
“Let me tell you something, it will never be the right time for anybody in your life that you get pregnant,” said Saldana, describing how her pregnancy made a few in Hollywood panic and consider severing ties with her due to her being attached to several projects during her pregnancy.
“I was like, ‘Oh, my God, are you kidding me? It’s this bad?’ Right when I just feel super-duper happy, is that inconvenient for you?” added Saldana, discussing her response to the reaction her pregnancy illicited, “That me, as a woman in my thirties, I finally am in love and I am finally starting my life? And it’s (screwing) your schedule up? Really?”
But Saldana doesn’t just described the treatment she and possibly other women in Hollywood face. She also discusses the treatment male actors received and how it is vastly different.
According to Saldana, production studios will go out of their way to “spend more money sometimes ‘perking’ up male superstars in a movie,” and spend whatever amount of money to support male actors’ needs but for female actors…not so much.
“But then a woman comes in going, ‘OK, I have a child. You’re taking me away from my home. You’re taking my children away from their home. And you’re going to make me work a lot more hours than I usually would if I was home. Therefore, I would have to pay for this nanny for more hours—so I kind of need that. And they go, ‘Nope, we don’t pay for nannies’,” explained Saldana, describing the disadvantage women within Hollywood face as opposed to their male counterparts.
While Saldana notes she’s faced some negative response due to her pregnancy, Saldana is still becoming a hot name in Hollywood. Saldana will reprise her role as Nyota Uhura in a third Star Trek movie, then she will portray Gamora in Marvel’s <strong<Guardians of the Galaxy, and she will once again become Neytiri in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, which she will gladly tackle and devote her all to while being a new mother to twin boys.