Zoe Saldana is Latina Magazine's December 2015/January 2016 Cover Star!

Zoe Saldaña is Latina Magazine's December 2015/January 2016 Cover Star!
You’ve been working pretty much nonstop since rising to international fame with Avatar. How has working so much affected you?

There’s a separation between, like, being physically tired and being fatigued overall. I don’t mind being physically tired, but when my mind is tired, no estoy balanceada. No me gusta porque me pongo triste.

Would taking time off between films affect your career?

See, I don’t really see it as a career. I’m an artist; I’m not a corporate person. Therefore, I fill my fountain of inspiration [with] memories, which is where I have to feed from to be inspired. My husband is a firm believer that if you’re not living, then you can’t create your art.

Are you imbuing Bowie and Cy with your Latino background?

Oh my God, it’s just who I am every day. So they’re going to get a part of who I am naturally. English isn’t even Marco’s second language. It’s his fourth. We only speak English when we have people around us that we have to speak English. But if it’s just Marco and the boys, it’s a combination of Italian and Spanish at all times. I speak a very Dominican Italian.

There’s something exciting happening around the U.S., where more people are reckoning with Latino culture.

The only true American here is the Native American. Everyone else is a transplant. We’re going through the exact same thing the Italians went through, the Irish, the Jews, and the Asians. In different ways, but it’s been very similar. After a while, people acculturated, and they only found solace by literally accepting themselves and going, “Whatever. Esta soy yo.” They were like, “This is my new country, but I’m going to keep this from my old, and I’m gonna blend it all.”

What do you say to those who are scared by the Latinization of America?

You can’t kill us. You can’t send us back. We are millions and millions here because it is our time to migrate. We are the youngest culture. We are doing what your people did. So shut up and just deal with it. Adjust your laws, because it’s not going away. If anything, I want to give them a hug, and say, “It’s okay. It’s new. Don’t be scared. We’re great people. We’re gonna do great and better things for your country. Trust me.” We’re not angry either. We’re a culture that isn’t angry.

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