Zoe Saldana: “We often equate success with our physical beauty. It’s so f-cked up!”

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On whether she is dieting:

“When I was younger, I was more strict. I felt I needed to control that part of my life in order to feel I was going to be successful at something—because we often equate success with our physical beauty. It’s so f-cked up!”

On her workout routine:

“I like feeling that I’m giving myself—my body, my spirit, my mind—the attention it needs.I often take for granted how helpful stretching and breathing exercises are. Yoga reminds me to breathe and slow down.”

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Zoe Saldana: “I’ve never thought of a person as ugly unless they opened their mouth and their heart was full of venom”

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On working out:

Between travel, meetings, and shoots, schedules are rough for me. I try to work out three times a week, but I don’t believe in getting on one machine for 30 minutes. If I do a lot of cardio, it usually just means I’ll be dragging my feet for the rest of the day. And when I’m shooting, I really don’t like to be strict with my workout, since I’m already putting in 16-hour days. So I do 20-minute intervals either at the gym or at home, where I run in place for 30 seconds, then do squats, then carry a heavy medicine ball a few times in a row until I get my heart rate up.

On her lifestyle:

I can’t work out regularly, so I compensate by eating a lot healthier than I might otherwise. Once you have relatively healthy eating habits, your workout can become playing with your kids, strolling around the neighborhood, playing airplane, or just changing diapers.

On not believing in diets:

I don’t believe in cheat days because I don’t believe in diets. I try not to deprive my body of anything, because the moment I have just salads and protein for a few days, I crave carbs. But when I eat everything in balance, I think less about food and more about everything else. It’s about eating to live, not living to eat.

On her food philosophy:

If my husband and I had different professions, where we didn’t need to shop in supermarkets and could live more naturally, we could eat more sustainably. I grew up partially in the Dominican Republic, and I remember what eating was like when my grandma would pick herbs from her garden and we’d get seafood that had been caught that morning. Life was very simple and much healthier. It’s not that I like to eat superlight, just superclean. I like food that is fresh. I don’t go for things that come in can—and I’m losing trust in things that come in plastic. And we’re starting to move in the direction of becoming a vegetarian family; society has a very violent, dysfunctional, and wrong relationship with how we cultivate and produce meat. So if I have to pay more to eat better, then I’ll just balance my checkbook better. For example, I’d rather get the dark chocolate with goji berries than the milk chocolate packed with saturated fat.

On her idea of beauty:

If we could design ourselves, we’d all be perfect. But we can’t, so why be unhappy about it? I’ve never wanted different hair or my body any other shape. And I’ve never thought of a person as ugly unless they opened their mouth and their heart was full of venom.

… says Zoe in Shape.

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Zoe Saldana Does The Edit and Talks Health Issues

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On battling autoimmune disorder Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and going gluten-free as a result:

“Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed. You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean. I had a great time in my 20s. Then your doctor says you’re losing calcium in your bones. What the f**k is that?! I would hear those conversations with my mum and grandma, thinking I’d never get there. I’m going to live forever! But all of a sudden it hits you. I s**t you not, it’s from night to day.”

… says Zoe in The Edit.

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Zoe Saldana on Sexist Movie Roles: “I hired you to look good in your underwear”

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On the worst thing a producer ever told her:

‘I hired you to look good in your underwear holding a gun.’

On being asked to share suggestions and ideas about her role:

‘That’s what I was doing, and this producer was so bothered by the fact that he had to disrupt his vacation to call me and tell me to stop being a difficult b~~~~. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s real. It really happens.”

… says Zoe.

 

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Zoe Saldana on Losing Weight after Giving Birth: “Mommies of the world, if I did it you can too”

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On losing the baby weight in one year (after twins):

Holy S—! You guys, I had to share this, this is one of the old #guardiansofthegalaxy costumes that I wore back in 2013. After twins I can’t believe I was able to slip into this. @marvel and @jamesgunn don’t be mad, I’m not showing anything that hasn’t been seen before… besides, aren’t we designing new stuff?…. It pays off to work hard! I mean it mommies of the world, if I did it you can too.

… says Zoe on Instagram.

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