We talked to her briefly at the DVD/Blu-ray release party for Star Trek.
“I’m feeling great, but there’s a part of me that’s happy it’s almost over so I can finally take off my heels,” Saldana joked. “Between guns, a little dress and heels I’m a little tired physically, but I never get mentally tired of talking about these projects I’ve been a part of because it’s every actor’s dream to work with amazing directors especially for a woman in Hollywood and film. To get to work with great directors that actually write great roles for women is not only a treat, but it’s something that should happen more often.”
“She’s a blend of Uhura and Neytiri,” Saldana said. “Toss in a couple of guns and some tattoos – she’s really badass. At times I was kind of afraid of her. I don’t know why it’s a PG-13 movie to be honest.”
“In my entire career, that was the most challenging role I’ve ever played. It just challenged me from head to toe. Not only did I have to become more in tune with my body and train for seven months to do this role, but it was also a mental thing where I had to dehumanize myself because I was playing a different species–not of a different country. I was from a different planet so it took a lot of time and it was the most amazing experience I ever had.”