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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Meet Zoe, the geek

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 25, 2013
First Published: 17:46 IST(25/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:50 IST(26/4/2013)

She’s got looks that can kill and, one doesn’t really want to chit chat on the technical aspects of films with a gorgeous female actor. But actor Zoe Saldana says that she loved science fiction since she was a little girl.

“I was always captivated by space and space travel," says the 34-year-old, adding, “And I think the human race is fascinated with what might be out there, outside of us and beyond our world. And that’s why I think that we tell these stories and make these films.” Thus, her role as the female lead in James Cameron’s highly acclaimed sci-fi 3D blockbuster Avatar didn’t come as a surprise. Neither does her stint as the legendary character Nyota Uhura in JJ Abrams’ reboot, Star Trek in 2009 and now in it’s sequel Star Trek Into Darkness that hits the Indian screens on May 10. However, she points out that it’s all worthless without good storytelling.

“I love science fiction. I grew up with a mom who’s a sci-fi buff...so this is definitely my arena,” says Saldana, adding, “(But) it doesn’t matter where a story is set, in the future, a period piece or on a boat, if it’s a good story and it has rich characters it will not distract you from getting into the story.” Hence, Into Darkness has been made as contemporary as possible. “The themes of the story are relevant to today’s society, to keep peace and protect civilians from people who want to hurt them,” says the actor, adding, that the 3D in the film will be mind blowing.

“Audiences are going to be completely blown away because what they did with the 3D technology is amazing,” she says. 

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