Zoe Saldana is a Hollywood leading lady who spends a lot of time in space. She’s had roles in off-planet blockbusters Avatar and Star Trek, and she’s got another coming up with Guardians of the Galaxy.
Speaking to Badass Digest, Saldana says there are just more opportunities for a woman to shine in space. Here’s the choice excerpt:
“I like being in space because there are better parts for women in space. I don’t have to subject myself to just being the love interest or playing a character that doesn’t feel relevant to the story or playing a woman that doesn’t feel like an actual depiction of a real woman. When I read films in space and I’m working with these kinds of filmmakers there’s a neutral sense to the way they develop characters. It makes me feel very significant, very relevant and very excited …
They give themselves the right to imagine the unimaginable. I’m the kind of person that, even if I wasn’t in this business, and I was at a BBQ and someone like James Cameron and Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams was at that BBQ - and they weren’t filmmakers - we’d still end up talking. I’d be in that group. I’d gravitate towards those people more - they’re such interesting creatures to me!”
Saldana makes an intriguing point, and it really is a good one. Science fiction is littered with strong female heroes, and the inherent boundary-pushing of the genre makes it easier for characters to work on these extra levels. It's sad, but essentially she’s saying you have to send her to space and make her green to get a badass female hero on screen.