October 07, 2012 12:00PM
FOR an actor whose face will grace our screens until at least 2015, Zoe Saldana is unusually frank about her fear of being out of work.
Perhaps she’s being a little paranoid given that Hollywood directors are throwing scripts her way and have secured her for the sequel of the world’s biggest grossing film, Avatar. Or maybe it’s the perennial problem actors face – once they reach the top, they feel compelled to keep themselves there.
“There’s the fear of not knowing what is going to come next and you suffer because you don’t want to go on vacation,” Saldana tells Insider. “That fear is what drives me but also it is what keeps me without really having much of a life, which I am sort of growing tired of.
“But at the same time it is also healthy in that it keeps me always working hard. Even when I’m not shooting I am always prepping, I am always working and studying and I love doing that, I love staying on my toes.”
The 34-year-old is on the phone to promote her new movie, The Words, a comparatively low-budget ($6 million) romantic drama also starring her real life boyfriend, the very handsome Bradley Cooper.
The film tells the story of a struggling author who becomes a bestseller by putting his name to someone else’s work. It also stars Jeremy Irons and Dennis Quaid.The Words is a much smaller film than Avatar, which put Saldana on the map in 2009 after becoming the biggest film ever made with box office takings of more than $2.78 billion globally.
“It is definitely a smaller movie but I treated it with as much respect and love as any other movie, whether it be as big as Avatar or as small as The Words,” she explains.
Before speaking to Saldana, we are warned of some off-limits topics.
They include her relationship with Cooper and her upcoming film project, Nina, a biopic on the life of Nina Simone.
Saldana and Cooper met on the set of The Words in New York last year.
Saldana had previously dated actor Keith Britton while Cooper has a long list of leading lady exes including Renee Zellweger, Olivia Wilde and Jennifer Lopez.
Seeing the film, there’s no denying the on-screen chemistry between Saldana and Cooper, who play husband and wife.
“You will work with actors that could be your very best friend and you might not have any chemistry on screen and sometimes maybe you guys don’t get along at all but you have chemistry,” Saldana says. “I was very happy and Bradley and I felt it very early on that there was something there.”
But when asked about Cooper specifically, Saldana talks about him as an actor rather than as a boyfriend.
She is careful not to give anything away as to the status of their relationship despite the couple being photographed together numerous times.
“It is easy for actors to play characters that are in love if they have the friendship and respect and sort of feel safe with each other,” she says.
“We are going to work and we are constantly in a vulnerable state and we are having to also be very intimate, so you can only achieve that when you are very professional and you have a lot of respect for yourself and for the actor and what you are doing. Bradley is a very dedicated actor and very respectful and comes very prepared.”
Saldana has starred in more than 25 films but it wasn’t until Avatar that her career took off.
She’s also appeared in Center Stage, Crossroads, The Terminal, Star Trek and Dirty Deeds.
Fame isn’t something she gets or cares to understand.
“I don’t really know what fame is. I understand it and I see it but it is not something that my nature really gets,” she says.
And Saldana is finally embracing Hollywood and what it has to offer.
“The older I get I am enjoying it more because I am letting go of certain things but also inheriting a lot of anxiety that comes from living such a transitional and temporary unstable life,” she says. “You work for three months and then you could be off for six.”
Saldana is currently filming Star Trek Into Darkness and will follow that up with Christian Bale thriller Out Of The Furnace and Clive Owen crime drama Blood Ties. She’s also due to play Nina Simone in Nina (but we’re not allowed to talk about that, remember).
And then there’s the next Avatar film, which will see Saldana reunite with Aussie actor Sam Worthington in James Cameron’s much anticipated sequel.
“They are in pre-production so we are just I guess waiting for Jim to call us and tell us we have to pack it up and go,” she says.
“I am so excited, I can’t wait. I had such a wonderful time so to get to repeat that experience and to get to work with all the actors that I worked with again, it will be a treat.”
Zoe Saldana was born on June 19th, 1978 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoe_Saldana
June 19th, 1978
6 + 19 +1+9+7+8 = 50 = her life lesson = Environment. Globe. Planet. Earth. Pandora’s biosphere. We the people. We are the world.
June 19th, 1978
6 + 19 = 25 = her core number = Perky. Activist. Advocate.
June 19th, 1978
19 +1+9+7+8 = 44 = her “secret” number = Twitter. Tweets. Having her finger on the pulse of what’s happening. It is what it is. I am who I am.
June 19th, 1978
6 + 19 +2+0+1+2 = 30 = her personal year (from June 19th, 2012 to June 18th, 2013) = Wardrobe. Clothing. Fashion. Style. Project Runway.
30 year + 12 (December) = 42 = her personal month (from December 19th, 2012 to January 18th, 2013) = Everybody loves Zoe.
The day of birth rules ages 27 to 54.
June 19th, 1978
So the number 19 rules her ages twenty-seven to fifty-four.
19 = Beaming. Radiant. Front and center. Proud of her hard earned success.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
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her path of destiny = Continuity. Perseverance. Endurance. Hanging in there. Not giving up.
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