I have to give a Galaxy-sized thank you to Disney & Marvel Studios for hosting me during the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Event.
Zoe Saldana didn’t feel well when we had our interview with her, and yet she was still drop dead gorgeous and a joy to be around. She maintains a busy life with her husband and children, and yet still manages to play badass, strong, sci-fi women in these blockbuster films. She dished on who she’d like to see Gamora follow into a new Guardians Volume 3 film, whether or not she wants to see Peter and Gamora kiss, and how she passes the time during her 4 hour on-set makeup routine.
Zoe Saldana is the middle of three sisters and she pulled from her experiences with her very maternal older sister to bring out Gamora’s more maternal side in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.
Gamora is so maternal, she’s turned over this new leaf. In the first movie, she was so selfish. It was about getting away, and running away from her father. And now it’s about keeping this family together and keeping them always on track. So she went the opposite of who she was in the first movie.
I’m the middle child of three sisters, so I was never the Gamora. My sister Marielle is more the Gamora. She keeps us on track, I was always the eff-up. Middle kids don’t take any responsibility, you don’t finish what you start, and you never obey your parents. So, that was me. Channeling something in Gamora, I was just thinking about my sister. About, like, the responsibility that she must’ve put upon herself to help my mom raise my younger sister, Cicely and I.
Zoe is all about female empowerment. When she walked into the room for our interview, the first thing she said was, “Oh Wow, women! YAAAAAAAAS!” She was ready to go all day with us. When asked about how she feels about playing strong women, her answer really surprised me. The truth is, she’s tired, y’all. But she’s super glad that young girls have more strong female icons to look up to now, because she only had two growing up.
I love it, I do. But I would like to take a break from playing kick ass science fiction females. I’ve been doing it for over 10 years, I’m kind of tired.
Growing up I only had two icons that I can reference and I would watch those movies until my tape would break. And it was Ellen Ripley from Aliens, and it was Sarah Connor from Terminator. I would watch these movies endlessly. And then it was like, Jamie Lee Curtis, Katherine Bigelow did that movie, Blue Steel, and James Cameron also did that movie, True Lies, and I had her as a reference. But other than that, I was always watching action movies told through the eyes of males, but always feeling that void. I feel like I did take it upon myself to just be happy with the fact that I took a gamble on these movies for the first time. They ended up being super special and they went into sequels. I didn’t think of this, trust me. It was not my idea. I just had a responsibility to fulfill them. Once I was there, I didn’t want to be bitter about it, I wanted to acknowledge that maybe, maybe it means something. Maybe it is important that I’m part of those women that are filling in that gap, so that women can have, more options, more references [strong females] to look into.
She wants young women to take an important lesson away from Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.
I think that it’s okay to still be vulnerable, and be strong. I think that for some reason, we take it upon ourselves, or we’re told that you have to be one thing or the other. I think that vulnerability is strength, and being strong means that you have to be vulnerable.
Zoe’s strong family ties make her want to see Gamora take on a different sort of familial role in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3. When asked whether she would like to see Gamora stay with the Guardians or set off on her own with Nebula, she answered according to those ties.
I would want her to go to Nebula because I would go with my sisters anywhere. They call me, and they’re like, “Okay, let’s go”. And I’m like, “Okay, let’s go”. I just go, ask questions later. I would go to Nebula.
Does Zoe Saldana do all her own stunts in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2? Well, no, not really. There’s a liability issue, but also, she has a really great stuntwoman who does the hard stuff for her.
Her name is Leanne, and she’s phenomenal. She really did all the parts where Gamora looks absolutely, unbelievably cool – that’s Leanne.
And all the parts where I’m posing and taking out my sword and stuff, that’s me. I did do a lot of those jumps, and I would do the PG-13 version of the stunts that she would do, because, one, I can’t do them, and two, it’s a liability to the film if I get killed or injured. There is something I posted something on Instagram, a jump that I did from 30 feet. I didn’t realize I was going to free fall and not feel the tension on the wires, so when they said action, I jumped then forgot to speak English. James Gunn was like “Yeah, your face was kind of awful there, you have to do it again.” I did it again. And then, you guys can watch it, I mean, it’s on Instagram. But as soon as I landed, I was like, ‘I don’t want to do this again.’ The girly girl came out of me. It was awful, but super fun.
It took three and a half to four hours to become Gamora each day, so I had to know exactly what Zoe did to fill the time. I personally would probably listen to music and sing, but I didn’t know that was even an option during makeup. Apparently it is because Zoe just talks, talks, talks during her marathon makeup sessions.
I talk to everyone. I talk in every language. I turn on music. I’m on my phone. I FaceTime with my kids, I FaceTime whoever’s up. I’ll be like, ‘Oh, New York is up!’ or ‘Oh, DR is up!’ I’m talking to myself. Sometimes I would see them putting the TV on super high, to see if I would just get the picture and just shut the eff up.
She trusts James Gunn’s vision for each of the characters, even when she can’t quite see where he’s going with her own character’s relationships. Once she saw the final product for the second time, she understood why he had developed Gamora and Nebula’s relationship the way he did.
Now that I’ve seen the movie for the second time, I really respect the fact that James Gunn has a vision and an idea of an arc for each and every one of these characters, and what they represent as a family unit. Gamora is this just unbreakable support that everybody sort of leans on to, so there’s a lot that she can reveal, but it’s always within measure. I think he’s pacing her out.
Karen Gillan admitted to us during her interview (COMING on Thursday, May 4th!) that Zoe kind of took her under her wing and taught her to be a bit of a badass during fight scenes. To hear Zoe tell it, it’s a little funnier than that.
I don’t think she’s ever been to a gym, still to this day. I was just like, ‘With your permission, I love you, and I’m here to help.’ And she was like, ‘Please help me!’ I was like, ‘Then don’t run like that. Keep up, keep up. Heel, toe, heel, toe!’
And now to address the big Gamora / Peter Quill kissing scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.
Yeah, right. You thought I was going to go there? Joke’s on you. I will give you a snippet of what Zoe said regarding Peter & Gamora’s relationship that will hopefully pique your interest and inspire you to buy an advance ticket for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 which drops in theaters this Friday, May 5th!
I’m not a sucker for romance. It needs to be really well done and very meticulously paced out in order for me to feel like it wasn’t gratuitous for the audience. Gamora and Quill are best friends. The bond that they have is so spiritually dynamic.
James Gunn is exceptionally talented in the way that he creates strong characters in the beginning, and then he really lets these characters tell him where they need to go based on what he established before.
Gamora and Quill really have the kind of relationship, where when everybody goes to sleep, they’re up and they’re talking, and that kind of transpired in the way that James Gunn designed the relationship to unfold in this movie, and I would like it to sort of run its course.
If you want to see what Chris Pratt says about the movie, check out my full spoiler-free review of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.
GO SEE THIS MOVIE IN THEATERS, YOU GUYS! It’s phenomenal. For my full spoiler-free review of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 click on the picture below.
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.