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Zoe Saldana Covers 'Nylon' Magazine April 2010

Zoe Saldana Covers 'Nylon' Magazine April 2010

Avatar star Zoe Saldana is mellow yellow on the April 2010 cover of Nylon, on stands this week. The 31-year-old actress had this to talk about:

On moving from NYC to the Dominican Republic at age 9: “We went from this urban life to running around barefoot in the countryside and being taught how to gut fish. We were learning how to climb coconut trees – let me tell you, they are f–king dangerous!… I would do my homework in guava and mango trees.”

On learning dance as a child: “That was the beginning of a beautiful f–king romance. That was my Xanax, let me tell you… it put all my demons in order.”

On Hollywood casting: “When they say ‘We want to go white,’ they have a very smooth way of saying it, and the recent one is the word traditional. [I’ve heard] ‘Oh, you know, you’re just not what we were looking for, your skin is a little darker.’ Compared to what?! My skin is just my skin. It’s dark if you compare it to someone who’s lighter.”

On meeting [Avatar director] James Cameron: “I’m thinking he probably imagined some Amazonian girl [for Neytiri] – I had really long hair at the time – wearing really little s–t with like, a bow and arrow. I had no idea she was blue and nine feet tall. But for some reason, he was like, ‘You look so much like her!’”

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