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Zoe Saldana Speaks Out Against Sexism In Hollywood

July 11th, 2015 - By Rich
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Zoe Saldana is speaking out against sexism in Hollywood. The talented beauty is married to Marco Perego and they welcomed their twins named Bowie and Cy in December. According to an interview she did with Philly.com  when she was promoting her movie Infinitely Polar Bear she said:

“A producer once told me he hired me for the way I held a gun while wearing panties, not for my opinions. I wish I’d recorded it, so I could play it for every girl in elementary school and tell them never to let anybody treat them that way.”

She went on and talked about how bad she wanted the role: “Most of the time when you’re not right for a part, it’s for some specific reason out of your control and you’re not bothered by it. But I wanted this so badly. It resonated with me. It sang to me. It was very precious to me.”

The 37-year-old also talked to USA Today about the reaction she got after she found out she was having twins.

“Let me tell you something, it will never be the right time for anybody in your life that you get pregnant,” Saldana explained, adding that in 2014, “the productions I was slated to work on sort of had a panic. I heard through the grapevine there was even a conversation of me being written off of one of the projects.”

“I was like, ‘Oh, my God, are you kidding me? It’s this bad?’ Right when I just feel super-duper happy, is that inconvenient for you?’ That me, as a woman in my thirties, I finally am in love and I am finally starting my life? And it’s [screwing] your schedule up? Really?”

Should A Man Take on A Woman’s Surname After Marriage?

June 10th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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There is an interesting debate happening in my social media network about the old act of name swapping after a couple has tied the knot.

It started when news began to circulate that after Zoe Saldana had married hot ass Italian artist (seriously that is one delicious-looking pancetta) Marco Perego two years ago, he opted to take her surname. As reported by the Huffington Post, Saldana told InStyle she was nervous about his decision:

“I tried to talk him out of it. I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world’,” the star told InStyle. “But Marco looks up at me and says [she puts on a cute Italian accent], ‘Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a shit.’”

Imagine if more men didn’t give a shit (and were as hot as Perego). How peaceful and overpopulated with beautiful babies would this world be?

But seriously, this news has sent shockwaves through some in my social media network. They feel that part of Perego is either chucking away his masculinity or setting the young starlet up for some crazy alimony scheme. Either way, their personal decision (and really, it’s no one else’s business) does raise a wonderful question: Why in a culture that has grown more progressive, with women taking more control over their personal lives and careers, are we still engaging in the archaic practice of taking on his surname and not the other way around?

Although many people believe that the act of taking on a man’s name is biblical, the custom is actually rooted in Eurocentric values about ownership (i.e. women as property to be transferred from her family to her husband) and is not universally practiced. For instance, in Italy, it is very common for couples to each maintain their surnames, although the children take on the father’s name.

And although most Americans believe that women should take on their husband’s name, some couples are opting to forgo the practice. Instead, they’re going for more gender-neutral relationship identities including hyphenated names, name blending or even keeping their own names. And as writer Jill Filipovic once wrote in a piece for The Guardian UK:

That is fundamentally why I oppose changing your name (and why I look forward to the wider legalization of same-sex marriage, which in addition to just being good and right, will challenge the idea that there are naturally different roles for men and women within the marital unit). Identities matter, and the words we put on things are part of how we make them real. There’s a power in naming that feminists and social justice activists have long highlighted. Putting a word to the most obvious social dynamics is the first step toward ending inequality. Words like “sexism” and “racism” make clear that different treatment based on sex or race is something other than the natural state of things; the invention of the term “Ms” shed light on the fact that men simply existed in the world while women were identified based on their marital status.

And as writer William Macaskill said about his decision to take on his partner’s last name in an article for The Atlantic entitled, “Men Should Consider Changing Their Last Name When They Get Married“:

We’ve made progress on these issues (though some remarkably late). But the tradition of taking the man’s name remains and, given its background, it seems to me it’s simply bad taste to carry on with it, in the same way that it would be bad taste to put on a minstrel show, no matter how pure the intentions.

You might say that we need some rule, and that taking the man’s name is as good as any other. But is this true? Why not go with whichever name sounds better? Or which name is associated with the coolest people? (MacAskill clearly beats my birth surname “Crouch” on both counts, having a better ring and being the name of both Giant MacAskill—a forebear of my fiancée’s who has a claim to be the world’s strongest ever man—and Danny MacAskill, a trial-biking legend who, also being descended from Giant MacAskill, must be a very distant cousin.) Or any other choice made by both parties.

It’s an interesting question in which I believe there isn’t a right answer for. Although I will say that whether or not a woman takes her husband’s name should only be a matter of personal comfort as opposed to what society believes should happen. Personally, I have not decided what I will do with my last name when I get married. Childhood trauma in which I was teased relentlessly about the last name “Ball” makes me think that taking on my future husband’s surname wouldn’t be a bad idea. Plus, I have no real connection to my last name as it belongs to my grandfather whom I only met once in life. However, for branding purposes, I have built a pretty decent reputation around my surname and getting rid of that might have an effect on me professionally.

Zoe Saldana’s Husband Took Her Last Name: “I Tried To Talk Him Out Of It”

June 8th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In a new interview for the July issue of InStyle, Zoe Saldana revealed that her husband, Marco Perego, decided to take her last name when they wed last year. You can officially call him Marco Saldana.

According to the actress, it was something he wanted to do on his own. And while it’s a very sweet gesture, initially, she was not excited about him doing so. In fact, she was a little worried that it wouldn’t be a good look for the established Italian artist.

“I tried to talk him out of it, ” she admitted. “[I told him], ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world.’ But Marco looks up at me and says: ‘Ah Zoe, I don’t give a s**t.”

According to a HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted last fall with 1,000 men and women, 57 percent of people think women should take whatever name they please and not be held down by tradition. But the second most popular preference (31 percent) was for women to take their husband’s last name. In that study, and in others, men who took their wife’s name had interesting reasons, from their own birth name being too common or complicated, to having an affinity for their father-in-law, and even losing to their wife in a best of three game of rock/papers/scissors.

It’s still pretty uncommon, but more and more men are doing it. They’re also speaking out against the often pricey and lengthy legal process required in some states to take on the names of their wives (yet it’s easy for a woman to take their husband’s name).

I’m  part of the group who is okay with taking the last name of a husband (my parents would probably side-eye me if I didn’t), but at the same time, I’m planning to retain my maiden name when it comes to my career. But how would I feel if my future husband asked to take my last name as we prepared to take that next big step? While I wouldn’t fight him if he seemed serious or passionate about it, I wouldn’t think it necessary. Maybe we could both hyphenate our names in some way?

At the end of the day, everything isn’t for everybody, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Who knows? This could be the new big thing! In the meantime, if it works for Zoe and Marco (aka, Mr. Saldana), that’s what matters most.

But what do you think? If your man said he wanted to take your last name, would you be down for him to do it? 

Zoe Saldana Opens Up About Her Twins And Her Relationship

June 6th, 2015 - By Rich
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Zoe Saldana is beautiful, stylish, a twin mommy and a successful actress so it’s no surprise that InStyle magazine picked her for their July 2015 cover.

The 37-year-old actress, who looks gorgeous on the cover is married to Marco Perego and is the mother of twin boys, Bowie Ezio and Cy Aridio. In her cover story she opens up about motherhood, how it’s changed her life and her relationship with her husband. She stays busy because she is currently starring alongside Mark Ruffalo in the movie Infinitely Polar Bear which follows a manic-depressive  father (Mark Ruffalo) who tries to win back his wife (Zoe) which debuts in theaters June 19.

She talked to InStyle about her body…

“I don’t want to get back to where I used to be,” she tells InStyle. “I want to feel healthy, and not just fit into the old jeans I used to wear.”

“I’m a woman now. My body has changed forever. It’s softer… and stronger.”

She also talked about her weight in a post on her facebook page…’Your body changes dramatically, inside and out. You grow in places you never knew you could, and you are tired beyond belief. In some cases more than others, your body experiences a kind of trauma through childbirth that is difficult to explain unless you’ve had that experience,’ the Avatar actress wrote.

‘My case was like that, everything from my thyroid to my platelets crashed. Thank God, we are all doing great now, but my body was really bent out of shape after the boys were born.’

She talked about how strong her relationship has become after her twins with InStyle..

“Finally, when we had our boys, I looked at my husband and I realized: I was meant for you, and you were meant for me,” she says. “I’ve always felt comfortable around men as long as they were my friends. Now I finally feel comfortable with my lover.”

She shared her thoughts about her husband taking on her last name.

“I tried to talk him out of it. I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world,’” she says. “But Marco looks up at me and says, ‘Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a s—.’

Zoe Saldana Vents About Frustrating Weight Loss Attempts After Giving Birth To Twins

April 28th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Often times when celebrities give birth, they emerge on a red carpet weeks later looking even more amazing than they did before getting pregnant and gloating about how quickly they dropped the pounds. Although we think she looks wonderful, Zoe Saldana recently revealed that shedding the baby weight has been a “frustrating” experience. The actress and mother to twin boys opened up to fans about the challenging journey in a letter posted to Facebook. Her full letter reads:

Hi everyone,
As you all know, we welcomed twin boys last November. Yes, by far, the most amazing experience of my life, but also a very challenging experience when it pertains to my body. I’m sure moms across the world (and dads sometimes) can identify with what I’m about to say.

Your body changes dramatically, inside and out. You grow in places you never knew you could, and you are tired beyond belief. In some cases more than others, your body experiences a kind of trauma through childbirth that is difficult to explain unless you’ve had that experience. My case was like that, everything from my thyroid to my platelets crashed. Thank God, we are all doing great now, but my body was really bent out of shape after the boys were born. Bouncing back feels impossible, but I know it is important as a woman, and now a mommy, to not give up. I am determined to get my energy back and find balance for my body before these little guys start walking, and before I go back to work….. my clock is ticking!

2 months ago I started my journey, and it’s been REAL- I’m not gonna lie- it is slow…. painful… and frustrating. But it is worth it. And that is why I’m here… I know many of you have gone through this or are going through it as we speak. Let’s do it together. Let’s talk about it, hear each other out, and seek advice when we need it. I have my friend of many years and trainer, Steve Moyer that will be guiding me and sometimes training me for the next 2 months before I go back to work. I will be sharing with you what I do, what I eat and how I feel about it in hopes that it will be of any help to you. Cool?

I started in January with Moyer. I was 160lbs (at the peak of my pregnancy I reached 185lbs). I had no flexibility, weak joints, and exercising was painful. We started with just walking; I think I only walked that first month. I did, however, change the way I eat. I began to make better choices with my food. Moyer was instrumental at this point. He gave me great tips of what to eat, how much water to drink, he even gave me some recipes of his own sometimes. It was important for me to learn this so I can do it on my own if I have to. I want to prove to myself that if I have the right determination I can do anything.

Crap, boys are up from their naps! Gotta go!

I’m looking fwd to sharing this journey with you…

It’s refreshing to see a celebrity open up about real life issues such as this one in a relatable way. We’re wishing Zoe the best.

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Zoe Saldana Is Removing The Word “Diet” From Her Life + Reveals Workout Routine

April 25th, 2015 - By Rich
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Actress and new twin mommy Zoe Saldana has banished the word ‘diet’ and just wants to focus on being healthy. In a post to her Facebook page the 36-year-old talked about her struggles with weekend junk food eating and revealed one of her workout routines.

Her Facebook Post read:

“Ok, how do you guys deal with the weekends and eating out? By Friday I’m anxious about what I will have to do over the weekend to avoid breaking my diet. I find myself dreading the awesome family feast gatherings, friends inviting me over for a “wine and dine” on Saturdays, and then of course Sunday brunch. WTF!!!

So here is what I’m gonna start doing; I am going to remove the word “diet” from my life. I am going to remind myself that it is not about losing weight, it is about being healthy, feeling healthy, for the rest of my life.
What I am trying to do for myself and my family is create a healthy lifestyle that I can live by everyday. I want it to become second nature to us.
How am I going to deal with the anxiety of anticipating the weekends? I am gonna try to focus on what weekends are really for- resting and making time for your loved ones… And when chow time arrives? I will make amazing and healthy decisions.
I know ordering pizza while vegging out in front of your TV feels way easier to do, but trust me it isn’t.  Healthy doesn’t have to be dull and sad, it can be an awesome experience.”

She also shared her workout routine and said:

“Moyer has been putting my cardio tolerance to the test today with interval training. After a 12 minute warmup on the elliptical, we changed it up on the treadmill. Started out walking, then increased to a run at a slight incline until my heart rate was around 160-170 range. After it hit this range, I walked in order to get my heart rate back down to about 120, only to turn around and start the whole process all over again.
We didn’t do this just once… but 10 times!
36 minutes of solid working out. The thing that I learned about interval training is that even 10-15 minutes is enough to see results, with the added bonus, you can do it just about anywhere. Even switching up your cardio with jumping jacks or burpees!
It’s also important to note that, every week I’m challenging myself 10-15% more than the week before. Faster pace, higher incline, more reps…that’s what training is all about: pushing yourself to do a little bit more for a period of 4 – 5 weeks.”

Zoe Saldana Shares Post Baby Workout Regimen With Fans

April 11th, 2015 - By Rich
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Any woman who has delivered a baby knows that pregnancy changes your body. Some women bounce right back and are in the same size jeans as before and for other women it can take years to lose the baby weight. Celebrities however are lucky enough to have the help of personal trainers, chefs, glam squads and more to keep them looking fab. 36-year-old actress Zoe Saldana is one mama that isn’t taking her twin baby weight sitting down.

She posted a pic on her facebook page of her working up a serious sweat on the treadmill. She went on to describe her passion and feelings about reclaiming her body after giving birth to her twin boys Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio in November. She also encouraged others to join in her journey and share their stories too.

“Your body changes dramatically, inside and out. You grow in places you never knew you could, and you are tired beyond belief. In some cases more than others, your body experiences a kind of trauma through childbirth that is difficult to explain unless you’ve had that experience”

“My case was like that, everything from my thyroid to my platelets crashed. Thank God, we are all doing great now, but my body was really bent out of shape after the boys were born.”

“I know many of you have gone through this or are going through it as we speak. Let’s do it together. Let’s talk about it, hear each other out, and seek advice when we need it,” Saldana continues. “I will be sharing with you what I do, what I eat and how I feel about it in hopes that it will be of any help to you. Cool?”

“I want to prove to myself that if I have the right determination I can do anything,” she says.

Zoe Saldana Will Continue To Support Dolce & Gabbana After “Synthetic Children” Comment

March 22nd, 2015 - By Rich
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Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are the founders of fashion company Dolce & Gabbana and they have been catching a lot of heat for their recent comments on same-sex parenting.

In a recent interview with Panorama magazine, the couple said  “we oppose gay adoptions” and Dolce added, “You are born to be a mother and a father. Or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children.Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog.”

According to ABC 7 Online:
Singer Ricky Martin, the father of twins born by a surrogate mother, called on the pair to “wake up” in a message on Twitter, admonishing the designers that their voices were too powerful to spread hate. Gabbana said in a statement Sunday that “it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.”

While there are many celebs that have decided to boycott the company after the recent comments, Zoe Saldana is not one of them. Check out what she told E! News after being asked would she stop supporting the fashion brand:

“No! Not at all, that would be the stupidest thing if it affected my fashion choice,” Saldana told E! News exclusively at the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards when asked if she will boycott the famous brand. “People are allowed to their own opinion, however, I wouldn’t have chosen to be so public about something that’s such a personal thing.”

She added, “Obviously it caused some sensitivity, but then again if you continue to follow the news, you see they all kinda hugged it out, so why are we making a big deal about it?”

“I’m certainly not going to stop wearing Dolce, and I’m certainly not going to be refuting when they are adopting synthetic children, however they wanted to say it,” Saldana explained. “I do think things are lost in translation.”

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Zoe Saldana Discusses How She Lost The Twin Baby Weight

March 8th, 2015 - By Rich
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Zoe Saldana looks amazing after giving birth to her twins Bowie and Cy. In 2013, Saldana began dating Italian artist Marco Perego and they were married in June 2013. Saldana gave birth to the couples twin sons in November 2014.

When she appeared on the red carpet at the Oscar’s people were blown away because she was sporting a form-fitting beautiful Versace dress with Neil Lane jewels. The 36-year-old’s stylist worked it out so that her dress was custom-made and Zoe told Us Weekly.

“They have dressed other new moms before and they basically said, ‘Okay. Just give us the measurements. It’s going to be fierce,'” Saldana explained. “This blush [dress] just completely blew us all away. And I felt so beautiful. I was like, ‘Okay! I can do this.’”

She credited breastfeeding and healthy eating for weight loss in her interview with Us Weekly:

“Oh God. Breastfeeding!” Saldana credited to the reason behind her slim-down. “And just eating very healthy because I have to feed two babies. Just when you think you’re done feeding one, the other one is like, ‘I’m here!’ ‘Oh! You too? Okay here you go.’

“So Bowie’s Bowie and Cy is definitely Cy. And we know their cries; it’s bizarre,” Saldana said. “Everybody’s asking us when we’re in the house, ‘Whose that?’ And we say, ‘Oh it’s Bowie.’ ‘Oh it’s Cy.’ And we know exactly what they mean, so it’s fantastic.”

Best of all, she doesn’t even mind her new early schedule. “And 4 a.m. never felt better. To wake up at that time! We love it,” she said while smiling at her husband Perego.

The superwoman mommy is also a super successful actress and has had roles in films Center Stage, CrossroadsPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlStar Trek,  and Guardians of the Galaxy just to name a few.

 

Black Women Unite: Alfre Woodard Hosts Annual Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree

February 23rd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Alfre Woodard Hosts Annual Oscar's Sistahs Soiree feat

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Just because a whole lot of people of color weren’t nominated for Academy Awards this year, it certainly didn’t stop the party.

Every year, for the past six years, Alfre Woodard hosts the Oscars’s Sistah Soiree. And the name tells it all. Woodard invites Black actresses to gather together and celebrate their accomplishments throughout the years.

Variety reports that she started hosting this party because she was tired of feeling like there was so much competition and animosity between Black actresses.

During the cocktail party before the dinner, held at the Beverly Hills Wilshire, Woodard said: “Every time we hear each others’ names, it felt like it was on of our reps going, ‘If that b-tch turns it down, then you can have it! I was like, wait a minute. When I hear my sister’s names, I want to have a joyful feeling in my heart about it.” 

During the party, sponsored by Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds Lustre fragrance, Woodard struggled to find a quiet space to complete the interview.

“You see how loud it gets! It’s always like this, because all the women in this room have more in common with each other than anyone else in the professional world. We’ve all been on the same journey- we speak a common language.” 

While I’m sure quite a few of us would have loved to be in that room, the invitees can’t even bring their significant others to the party. “From the first time, everyone just fell into each others’ arms. it was immediate bonding.” 

The idea to host the gathering had been on her mind for years but 2009 just so happened to be the year both Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson were nominated for Doubt and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But she didn’t just want to honor the nominees.

“It’s to honor the women who are nominated and the women who, in a perfect world, should have been. I wasn’t going to have a gathering of women actors and not have CCH Pounder or Lorraine Toussaint here!”

The event also serves as a means to show support.

“We know the ones nominated will be out and (are) being celebrated. But when they’re on the carpet, when they’re walking onstage, there are people like them wishing them well. The women who know exactly what you’re doing, actors of quality, saying good on you. We got your back.”

British actresses Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Carmen Ejogo, who plays Coretta in Selma, shared a moment Ejogo was a support for Mbatha-Raw when she first moved to the United States for the short-lived television show “Undercovers.” Mbatha-Raw recalled feeling lost.

“I actually asked Carmen for advice.” 

And Ejogo responded, “You clearly found your way, babe.” 

Later, Ejogo for continued, expounding on her excitement for Mbatha-Raw and explaining how event like this “remind you we’re all in this together and we have to support each other. I feel like I’m celebrating everyone. It’s a wonderful moment.”

 

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