Zoe Saldana says actresses hoping for better roles should look “to infinity and beyond.”
More specifically, she told “Bad A** Digest” that she takes roles in films like “Star Trek” and the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” because they have superior female characters.
“I like being in space because there are better parts for women in space,” she told BAD. “I don’t’ have to subject myself to just being the love interest or playing a character that doesn’t feel relevant to the story or playing a woman that doesn’t feel like an actual depiction of a real woman.”
In “Guardians,” opening August 1, she plays Gamora, a green-skinned warrior who knows her way around a weapon. Saldana is also a lock for the next three “Avatar” sequels, once again playing the role of Neytiri.
Women are still consistently under-represented on film, making up only 30 percent of speaking roles and just 15 percent of protagonists in the top 100 films of 2013, according to “Variety.”
Do you agree with Zoe: are there better roles for women in space? Share your perspective in the comments!