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Zoe Saldana Passionately Speaks on Afro-Latinos, Sexism in Film, & ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

The inspiring and beautiful Zoe Saldana is back on Sway in the Morning and we talk about everything from fighting for your dreams, the importance of a real support system, to her role as Gamora on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” The sequel, which is set to release this weekend, is expected to make between $140 to $170 million in domestic earnings alone. Overseas the film has already earned well over $100 million. Saldana tells us about Director James Gunn’s musical background and what it’s like working with the Missouri native.

She breaks down how she prepared for her starring role, “The closest reference I had at the time was I had seen a documentary about the lost boys of Sudan and that was the closest thing I could compare it to . . . so you have a beautiful big heart that was meant for so much potential trapped in the mind of a beast . . . so I was like that must be Gamora Nebula.”

As we speak about Afro-Latino race relations, Saldana quickly tells us that her family avoids talking about skin color because she’s see first hand how one’s skin color can be equated to social status, therefore she feels that people skin color shouldn’t be a way that we perceive others.

We also had Saldana play Knowledge of Self, watch below.


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