Actress Zoe Saldana is no stranger to blockbuster franchises, starring in pivotal roles in Star Trek, Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy, and this year’s highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, as the powerful green alien, Gamora.
Saldana is a fan of the sci-fi/comic book genres, so it’s no surprise that she had some choice words for her Hollywood peers that would call actors starring in superhero films sellouts. In a recent interview with Net-A-Porter, the actress gives her response:
“I’ve been in rooms with people in this industry who are great at what they do, but they’re absolutely elitist and they look down at movies like the Marvel films or actors like myself,” Saldana told Net-A-Porter. “They think we’re selling out in some way.
Saldana is a mother of three and believes that superhero films are inspirational for young people and should not be easily overlooked.
“I feel so proud to be living in space, to be playing green and blue aliens, to inspire, primarily, the younger generations,” Saldana said. “I remember what it was like to be young and to feel completely excluded out of the mainstream conversation of life because I was just little and unimportant and ‘other’.”
The importance of other iconic heroines within the sci-fi genre were big influences on Saldana as a youngster and it’s where she felt represented the most in movies.
“As a child, when I saw Sigourney Weaver play Ellen Ripley or Linda Hamilton play Sarah Connor, they were my true north,” Saldana said, adding, “because I loved action, I loved science fiction and I loved the roles that they played. They were inspiring to me; I wanted that. It wasn’t until I started in my own career that I was reminded that I wasn’t ‘like’ them.”
It’s great to see Saldana sticking up for superhero films and the actors that star in them. What do you think about some of Hollywood’s elitists calling Marvel actors sellouts? Let us know in the comments.