Zoe Saldana has clarified her comments about being ‘stuck’ in sci-fi franchise movies.
The actress, 44, recently lamented how roles in Avatar, Star Trek, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe had limited her creatively but has now backtracked on the remarks.
On Monday, the Avatar: The Way of Water star attended the premiere for the highly-anticipated film in Los Angeles and spoke to reporters.
She said she is grateful to have had the opportunity to work on major blockbusters. ‘I would love to set the record straight,’ she told Deadline at the premiere of the Avatar sequel. ‘I feel grateful and I feel like the luckiest girl in this town knowing that I was invited to join films with special directors in a special cast,’ she said.
Movie premiere: On Monday, the Avatar: The Way of Water star, 44, attended the premiere for the highly-anticipated film in Los Angeles and spoke to reporters
Zoe added, ‘And they resonated with people so much that we get a chance to come back again and come back another time,’ she added.
‘If anything, I’ve repeated all the benefits of that. I’ve gained friends. I still have mentors that I call and lean into.’
A week ago she talked being stuck.
‘I feel that for the last 10 years of my life, I’ve been just stuck. I felt stuck doing these franchises,’ Saldana told Women’s Wear Daily.
She’s grateful: Zoe Saldana has clarified her comments about being ‘stuck’ in sci-fi franchise movies
‘I’m very grateful for the opportunities that they provided, from collaborating with amazing directors and getting to meet cast members that I consider friends and getting to play a role that fans, especially children, love.
‘But it also meant that I felt artistically stuck in my craft of not being able to expand or grow or challenge myself by playing different sorts of genres and different roles.’
Zoe also told Deadline this week that she found it a struggle to juggle her franchise responsibilities with raising children.
She has eight-year-old twins Cy and Bowie, and Zen, six, with her husband Marco Perego.
Franchise star: The actress recently lamented how roles in Avatar, Star Trek, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe had limited her creatively but has now backtracked on the remarks
‘But you know, I think that once I started a family, it just became really hard for me to sustain both worlds and also cater to this curiosity of playing other different characters or playing earthlings,’ she said to Deadline.
‘You know, but I’m happy in space,’ she added to the site. ‘I’ve always been happy in space. I relate to people that love space as well.’
She said she relates to directors like James Gunn and James Cameron as they all see themselves as ‘misfits’.
She said: ‘I feel grateful and I feel like the luckiest girl in this town knowing that I was invited to join films with special directors in a special cast’
The Guardians of the Galaxy actress said: ‘I relate to men like James Gunn and James Cameron and JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg.
‘Because maybe there is a common thread, maybe there’s something that we all have in common of knowing what it’s like to be misfits, and growing up feeling like you don’t belong and finding that space created that blank canvas, where you can imagine the unimaginable.’
She continued, ‘And the fact that they saw me, a little girl from Queens and I can do those things for them, I can only be so grateful if they call me back again and again and again.’
Avatar: The Way of the Water will premiere the theatrical release of the long-awaited sequel on December 16.
Sci-fi: The Avatar star clarified that she is grateful to contribute to the specific genre ‘where you can imagine the unimaginable’