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“F–k my rehearsal and f–k my practice and f–k this session”: Zoe Saldaña on Juggling 3 Billion-Dollar Franchises

Zoe Saldaña on Juggling 3 Billion-Dollar Franchises

For Zoe Saldaña, a jack of all trades really does embody the line of work she chose to dedicate her life to. The numerous movies and personas she has donned over the years still leave her yearning for more. The actress, best known for playing Gamora in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has portrayed the said alien superhero in Marvel’s CBM franchise, the protagonist in James Cameron’s Avatar, and a crucial role in the universally beloved sci-fi movie, Star Trek.

Among those, Zoe Saldaña has starred in both the world’s highest-grossing movies of all time — Avatar and Avengers: Endgame and may well be on her way to breaking box office records again with the fast-approaching Avatar: The Way of Water.

Zoe Saldaña
Zoe Saldaña

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Zoe Saldaña And Her Unstoppable Rise in Hollywood

The Amsterdam actress has been left little to no time amid the busy decade she has had in her tenure in the film and television industry. And so understandable, Zoe Saldaña says, “You don’t get to have many choices. Timing sometimes is everything. It’s a seasonal control of power.” Saldaña made sure to use the time she did find to build a very expansive portfolio of her career and in the meanwhile, the actress finds herself becoming elevated to the status of one of the best artists of her generation.

Zoe Saldaña as Gamora
Zoe Saldaña as Gamora in the MCU

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Having had a finger in potentially every pie, Zoe Saldaña has also tried her hand at production. The recently chart-topping Netflix series, From Scratch, had been somewhat of a palette cleanser for the actress after spending most of her past years starring in high-profile and big-budget sci-fi and superhero action films. Ever since her record-breaking success after the unexpected success of the critically acclaimed instant classic, Avatar, Saldaña has been an unstoppable force who has cracked the code to a healthy relationship between her work and her personal life.

Zoe Saldaña Talks About Juggling 3 Top Tier Franchises

With the landslide success that comes with such a powerful and unforgettable presence in films, Zoe Saldaña has become somewhat of a director’s dream protagonist for their numerous Hollywood entries. And Saldaña is happy to oblige as long as each project brings with it something new and potentially groundbreaking.

Zoe Saldaña to return as Neytiri in Avatar 2
Zoe Saldaña is set to return as Neytiri in Avatar 2

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After the unprecedented success of James Cameron‘s 2009 film, she found her niche and the immediate aftereffects of starring in the world’s highest-grossing movie of all time only led to more high-profile projects — Star Trek and Marvel — that would soon, along with Avatar, go on to become the three most coveted billion-dollar franchises in Hollywood. But the exhaustion that follows in the wake of juggling these three franchises is something that she strives to get away from.

“It was a lot of working hard and a lot of [playing] hard that sometimes got in the way of me feeling fully, fully proud of the work I was doing — because I did the work. And now that I’m a little older and I would like to consider myself a little wiser, it’s going back to that [feeling] of having those healthy boundaries for myself of ‘go to bed early, really work. I know you’re tired. I know you really want to go out and go with your kids and just say, “F–k my rehearsal and f–k my practice and f–k this session.”’ But I don’t. I still manage to focus on family life and also focus on my work. And I feel good.”

It now looks like Zoe Saldaña might have to hang on to her hat for what the years ahead are supposedly bringing to her career. The premiere of Avatar: The Way of Water is less than a month away, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the third and last installment of James Gunn’s Marvel superhero team-up movie, is headed for a May 2023 release.  Although the saga of the Guardians is coming to an end, Saldaña’s portrayal of Gamora’s past variant might still have a role to play in the Multiversal epic to come, while other reports suggest that further Avatar films may be on the horizon.

Avatar: The Way of Water premieres on December 23, 2022.

Source: Women’s Wear Daily

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.