Saldana: My career won’t rule me

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana won’t let her career “dictate” her.

The 35-year-old actress has embodied a range of characters over the years, such as Na’vi Neytiri in Avatar and her latest role Lena Warren in Out of the Furnace.

Despite being grateful for the success Zoe insists she isn’t in the industry to earn a lot of money. She is also adamant her work won’t affect her outlook on life.

“I’m not letting the business dictate my mood. At the end of the day, whether I get paid to do what I do or not, I’m still going to be an artist,” she told Total Film magazine.

“It’s the one thing I have to always remind myself. I didn’t become an artist because I wanted to get paid and be known for my art.”

Not all of Zoe’s projects have been a hit. Some of her earlier films like Takers and Columbiana were considered flops, but that didn’t stop her from continuing to work hard.

“What experience teaches you in life, you have to practice. Throughout my 20s, I was so happy to be doing what I did. But an actor always has to think ahead, because you live day to day, movie to movie,” she explained.

“So you would book a movie, then a month before you wrapped the movie, you had to line up the next one. And that anxiety can sometimes be nerve-wracking. I got tired of that anxiety, so I just said, ‘F**k it.’”

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