She has seen an impressive career with action packed roles in flicks such as Avatar, Star Trek and Guardians Of The Galaxy.
And Zoe Saldana has now dished all on her 20 year journey in the acting business - admitting that she had to work 'twice as hard' to get coveted roles due to her race.
In her candid interview with Cosmopolitan, the American actress, 39, also proudly revealed that her husband Marco Perego has been part of the #MeToo movement - which emerged late last year.
Stunning on the cover of Cosmopolitan's May issue in a red jumpsuit, Zoe goes on to strike a number of sensational poses for the accompanying photoshoot.
And while the New Jersey born star has seen immense success in her career, she has admitted in the interview that the landscape for women in the industry has greatly changed in recent times.
Zoe recalled: 'It was
unfair and uneven… from how you built the part to why you were cast. To
how you are dressed. And that one scene where you have to be in your
underwear and why you have to have this sex scene that feels
'Or when you arrive on set and see your male director and male co-star having a collaborative discussion about a scene that involves you and you’re not a part of it because you’re the serviceable character.
'I don’t want you to post me on your wall': While the star has seen success in her career, she has admitted that the landscape for women in the industry has greatly changed in recent times
Teamwork: The American actress also proudly revealed that her husband Marco Perego has been part of the #MeToo movement which emerged late last year
'You feel stupid. I don’t want to hear another man tell me, "Oh, you were my muse". I don’t want to f***ing be your muse any more. I don’t want you to just post me on your wall and look at me. I want you to listen to me!'
Proving that things were different now to what they were when she started out, the Dominican and Puerto Rican movie star continued:
'Now I see it differently. We were all suffering quietly. The high road for a woman for centuries was silence. You kind of go, ‘F*ck!’ The new high road is speaking up. I don’t want to go back to feeling minimised and like I’m lucky to be here.”
'I get choked up. Never in my life would I have dreamed what happened last year. We were all reaching out to each other, as women, providing care for each other. I never experienced that when I arrived in Hollywood 20 years ago.'
'We were all suffering quietly': Zoe proved that things were different now to what they were when she started out
Movie star: Zoe has seen an impressive career with action packed roles in flicks such as Avatar (pictured), Star Trek and Guardians Of The Galaxy
also went on to state that her husband of five years Marco is part of
the #MeToo movement, which began after countless women came forward to
accuse movie producer Harvey Weinstein and other high-profile men in the
industry of sexual assault.
Terminal star - who is mum to three-year-old twins Bowie and Cy and
one-year-old Zen with her other half revealed: 'My husband has been an
inspiration in this whole thing.
conversations we’ve been having, safely and intimately, have been
evolving. And it’s been very rewarding. He is a part of the #MeToo
group. We have to broaden the narrative of #MeToo.
'The same way it applies to victims, it should apply to men who were blind who have now seen. If there is one thing I have to advise, it’s to be kind to the men who are making an effort and don’t put them all in one box. If we know how bad it’s felt for so long, then we know what not to do and how not to teach.'
'My husband has been an inspiration': Zoe also went on to state that her husband of five years Marco is part of the #MeToo movement
Zoe revealed on gender equality: 'If there is one thing I have to advise, it’s to be kind to the men who are making an effort and don’t put them all in one box'
The showbiz couple met in May 2013 and were married three months later in London after their whirlwind romance.
A year later, Zoe announced the birth of their twin boys, and welcomed son Zen in February 2017.
as well as finding it difficult as a women in her early career, Zoe
also remembered her struggles with working harder due to her race.
not going to sugar-coat it for you. Ask any artist of colour if they
feel like they have to work harder. I don’t mean that we deserve any
special treatment – I don’t want anybody’s sympathy.
I do encourage empathy because you do have to work twice as hard to
make someone in a position of power who has the power to f*ck with your
life and your dreams see why they should hire you, and why you are the
right person for the role.
'We are yet to have an Asian superhero. And I’m waiting for that. It’s time. "Time’s Up’!" What’s the answer? “Standing up and speaking with love and respect whenever you feel you’ve been treated unfairly.”'
Love: The showbiz couple met in May 2013 and were married three months later in London after their whirlwind romance
'I don’t want anybody’s sympathy': As well as finding it difficult as a women in her early career, Zoe also remembered her struggles with working harder due to her race
Despite her struggles, Zoe revealed that working with director Steven Spielberg restored her faith in the industry.
'[Working with] Steven Spielberg reminded me that I mattered. I have had all these mentors in my life: my mum, my ballet teacher, Steven, James Cameron. Whenever my spirit was broken, they’d restore my faith in people and what I was doing.'
[my role in] The Terminal right after, so I got to work with an amazing
director who is known for being humble and a mentor.
shared [my experience] with him, and he said, "That’s very unfortunate
you went through that. But keep doing this. You’re really good at it.
There are good people out there."
would invite me to sit with him on set – there would be a chair right
next to his. It made my heart ache with happiness because he remembered
that I’d been made to feel so irrelevant before and he went out of his
way to make me feel the exact opposite,' she fondly recalled.
Zoe's full interview appears in the May 2018 issue of Cosmopolitan, on sale Wednesday.
Don't miss it! Zoe's full interview appears in the May 2018 issue of Cosmopolitan, on sale Wednesday