Zoe Saldana: ‘Latinos are traditionalists at heart, and super-machistas’


Zoe Saldana covers the latest issue of The Edit, and the editorial is Prince-themed. As in, Zoe was cosplaying Prince for The Edit. I’m not sure what I think of the choice? Zoe can deliver some strong editorials when she’s working with a magazine which knows what to do with her. It feels like The Edit should have rejected this concept. As for the interview, Zoe managed to avoid discussing the disaster that was the Nina film. She avoids it because, as far as we know, The Edit didn’t even bother asking her. That’s the power of a great publicist, people. Even though The Edit would have been widely quoted and sourced if they had asked Zoe about it, they didn’t even bother. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Her dual personalities: “My family makes fun of me because there is more than one person in here, and they are like oil and vinegar. One is super-easy, chilled; the other one is so rigid that even the temperature of my water needs to be perfect.”

Moving to the Dominican Republic when she was 10: “I know what it’s like to grow up with fast food and MTV, then all of a sudden you’re in a place where the power goes out every three hours and you’re doing your homework by candlelight. We moved to a small community: one culture, one religious belief, one opinion about women. Latinos are traditionalists at heart, and super-machistas. Even though the women are the matriarchs, it’s still a man’s world.”

Feminism & equality: “The high road is no longer silent. The high road is speaking up and saying, ‘You’re a d***! What you are doing is unfair. I’m not asking you to idolize me, I’m asking you to pay me equally, because you always come to me whenever you need me for a press tour!’ The responsibility can’t only fall on women in the public eye. The audience have the power. They are the ones buying the tickets to all these man-made movies. There are films being made by female directors, by female writers, with lead female roles, but women are not going to those movies. We’re going with our boyfriends to hold their f–king hands to go see a movie that we couldn’t care less about! As women in positions of power, we have to use it to help other women. I got used to being the only girl in the room. Look at The Losers, look at Star Trek… It’s lonely! I couldn’t care less about male-driven stories and war movies, not because I’m not an intellectual individual, but because I want to know what’s happening to a woman.”

On dating in Hollywood: “We feel sad for friends who are with a–holes, but when we have a true gem, we take it for granted. When a man is wonderful, it’s infinitely sexier than a ‘real’ man! Men are beasts, creatures that can blow my mind. But when a good f–king man has walked beside you? That s–t stops the show.”

She & her mom & sisters have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. “Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed. You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean.”

She’s gluten & dairy-free: “I had a great time in my twenties. Then your doctor says you’re losing calcium in your bones. What the f–k is that?! I would hear those conversations with my mom and grandma, thinking I’d never get there. I’m going to live forever! But all of a sudden it hits you. I s–t you not, it’s from night to day.”

Vanity: “I learned early on that in order for me to be okay, I need to surround myself with better people than me. I’m not being hard on myself, I’m being honest with myself. I have the tendency to get lost in whatever environment I create for myself. And I’m an artist; I’m prone to vanity. So I look to better people than me – my husband, my sisters, my parents and my friends. And I’m like, as long as I’m surrounded by you people, every time I want to go shallow, you guys always remind me that it’s not about me.”

[From The Edit]

“I’m an artist; I’m prone to vanity”… wha…??? No kidding, Zoe! Thanks for letting us know! As for the rest of it… I’ve never heard of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, but it doesn’t sound like something that can be completely controlled with simple diet choices. Zoe lamenting her loss of calcium in her bones, that happens to all of us. You hit an age where you have to be conscious of getting enough calcium in your diet. And I seriously doubt she has a side to her personality that is super-chill. I think she always needs her water to be the perfect temperature.


Photos courtesy of The Edit.

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  1. pikawho? says:


    🎵🎶Just let your souuuul glo~🎶🎵

  2. QQ says:

    Well Broken clock over here struck once LOL as a daughter of Dominicans I can confirm all that is facts on facts

  3. Marty says:

    Ever since I read her quotes about how no one knew who Nina Simone was until she played her, I have been TOO through with this chick.

  4. Felice. says:

    Rihanna would’ve been better.

  5. Jensies says:

    Her face on that cover encapsulates my main criticism of her as an actress. She doesn’t bring it, she doesn’t know how to turn it up to 11. Milquetoast.

  6. Irma says:

    Many diseases can be controlled or reversed by “simple” diet changes. You are what you eat is a real thing, and not just about healthy weight. Thinking one needs pharmaceutical drug intervention or treatment for every human condition is the great modern hoodwink. That and believing one “has” a disease and it’s for life….barely treatable, never curable is only true in the world of the medical industrial complex. This blog is fun for fashion and gossip, but very narrow minded on other issues….whilst thinking it’s so progressive.

  7. jensays says:

    Hashimoto’s doesn’t go away completely with diet, but it could be a way of controlling it for zoe. my girlfriend has it and it’s caused all sorts of fluctuations in her weight/skin condition, random pain in her body, and how she generally feels about herself. before she was officially diagnosed she was told that she was imagining all the symptoms and that she suffered from depression – anti-depression drugs were pushed on her right away (even by her family). several dr.’s later she was finally diagnosed and it was recommended that she changed the way she ate. A lot of that had to do with the fact that she would be constipated for days after eating (unhealthy, not healthy) fatty or processed foods. She adopted the whole clean eating thing in response to the diagnosis and has been doing better… obvi not cured because this is forever type disease. she’s also taking some hormonal replacement, but obvi… this impacts other parts of her body (weight gain despite working out pretty regularily) and other medications shes been taking (i.e.: birth control). it sucks. this is not a disease anyone wants to have.

  8. Cee says:

    Hey Zoe my papá and hermano really thank you for speaking out about Latin men. You described them so well.

    I wish people would stop generalizing and stereotyping ethnicities/races/people. It would be like me saying “European America men are fascists at heart and very fat”

    • Jazz says:

      But what your saying as a stereotype is actually for the most part true, as is hers.

      • jc126 says:

        Oh yeah? “EUropean American” men are actually mostly fascists at heart? How stupid and offensive.

  9. Konspiracytheory says:

    I have Hashi (as we call it in online support groups) – the right diet (varies by person, but at a minimum gluten free) can definitely help alleviate symptoms, but the vast majority of Hashi patients still need to take meds as well.

  10. Dj says:

    I have had Hashimoto’s since turning 30. It is the ‘best’ endocrine disease to have according to my endocrinologist. Dr. Says take a Synthroid (lowest dose ?) and that’s it for me. Otherwise, I was about to nap on my desk at 3:00 pm. Instant change in energy level.

  11. Hoff says:

    I have Hashimoto’s, and you canNOT control it with diet. You can reduce the autoimmune inflammation that causes some of the problems, but your body is always going to be attacking your thyroid.

  12. Persephone says:

    The suits and her hair look great but the facial expressions just don’t work for me.

    No diet is going to replace the hormones not being produced by your thyroid.

    If they’re not going to recast Chekhov and she really is concerned about Star Trek being a boys club she should advocate a female character for the position.

  13. Poppy says:

    I also have a thyroid condition and one of the side effects is lower bone density so you have to have extra calcium and vitamin d.

  14. Cami says:

    Two things here: As a latina myself, I disagree with the part of “all latino men are machistas”. My dad is not, my males friends are not, my neighbours are not, and so and so with many males I know. Of course, there are exceptions, as in every freaking rule, but I dont think it is ok to use generalizations.
    Second: I suffer from Hashimoto’s since I’m 16 (Im currently almost 24) and you cannot just pretend to control it with a strict diet… I take levothyroxine everyday so I can “function” like a normal human being (otherwise I feel tired, depressed, hungry, constipated, my skin gets dry, among many other not so cool synthoms) Diet of course helps, I avoid foods that I know that make me get constipated, and I try to eat as healthy as I can to keep a healthy weight (I lost 17kilos in the past two years, which has helped improve my selfsteem). Anyways, diet is not the only answer to Hashimoto’s, hormones must be taken and you must check your hormones every 3 months more or less (at least that’s what my doctor told me and what I ahve been doing since I was diagnosed)
    Sorry for the bad english, and long post. Love your blog.