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Zoe Saldana Says Starring in Sci-Fi Movies Made Her ‘Color-Blind and Gender-Blind’

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Actress Zoe Saldana attends the 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2' red carpet at Brillia Running Stadium on April 10, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. Jun Sato/WireImage

After making her mark in three of the biggest franchises around — Avatar, Star Trek and Guardians of the GalaxyZoe Saldana has found her niche.

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“[Portraying a science fiction character] makes me feel superhuman because, obviously, it’s been brought to my attention continuously since I was born that I’m not a conventional person because of the color of my skin or my gender or my cultural background,” the 38-year-old of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent explained to The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar. “So I think science fiction has given me the ability as an artist to be color-blind and gender-blind, and to imagine and reinvent myself and be the chameleon actors are supposed to be.”

She may be gender-blind, but Saldana is very aware that she has three sons, twins Cy and Bowie, 2, and Zen, 2 months, and husband Marco Perego at home. “It’s funny — people tell me this all the time, ‘You have a house full of boys.’ I’m excited, I’m curious, I’m nervous, but I’m accepting this challenge. I come from a family of women, of matriarchs, and we’ve survived many things. We’ve learnt. We’ve overcome. We’ve achieved,” she noted of her upbringing.

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Looking forward, Saldana says, “I’m just excited about this adventure and getting to explore the opposite sex from the inception. The moment I found out I was pregnant with twin boys, I thought I was empathetic towards men [already, but] the empathy that grew in me and the curiosity to get to know men more is infinite.”

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Saldana will reprise her role as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in theaters nationwide on Friday, May 5.

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