Saldana: I do what my heart says

Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego

Zoe Saldana knew she would marry her husband as soon as she met him.

The Avatar actress married Marco Perego in June last year after only a few months of dating. But while many people raised eyebrows at the speed they made their relationship official, the 36-year-old knew early on that she had found ‘The One’.

“I don’t do the ABCs,” she told the US edition of Marie Claire. “I do what my heart says, what my heart feels. So from the moment I met my husband, we were together. We knew.”

Zoe married her Italian beau months after ending her on again-off again relationship with fellow actor Bradley Cooper. But over the years the beauty has been able to learn from her romantic endeavors and one thing she is adamant about is to not settle.

“If you’re not happy with a person, leave,” she advised. “And wait until you find that one person who makes you feel good about yourself every single day and is not expecting you to change, but to grow. I have been in relationships where a man has disrespected me, and I don’t need to be friends with that man anymore. There’s a reason why you’re called an ex. I crossed you off my list. Moving on.”

Zoe is resolute in her decisions when it comes to romance. But she admits she takes the same “ride or die” approach in other walks of life.

“I don’t just window shop,” she said. “I don’t have the time or the energy or the attention span for that. I need a pair of jeans, I go and – boom – get them. I met my husband I wasn’t going to try it out and see if it works. No I felt it. I went with the feeling.”

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