Zoe Saldana is opening up about her role in the upcoming film Live by Night.
In the period crime drama, the 38-year-old actress is involved with individuals who deal in the world of organized crime during the Prohibition Era.
While Zoe has a lot of sci-fi films on her resume – such as Star Trek, Avatar, and Guardians of the Galaxy – she says that filming movies set closer to Earth are just as fulfilling, in a different way.
“I get the same thing I get out of doing films set in space,” Zoe told the Los Angeles Daily News regarding Live by Night. “I get to challenge myself, I get to have a director like Ben [Affleck] convince me that I can pull it off, that I have more to contribute to cinema besides what I’ve done so far. I’m continuously growing and I should never stop that evolution in my work.”
“So for me to go back 80, 90 years and play an Afro-Cuban in the 1920s in the South of America was enlightening,” Zoe added. “It was extremely painful and, also, inspiring, I was deeply moved. Ben’s approach was not sympathetic, it was absolutely empathetic. It was a testament to not just who he is as a filmmaker, but who he is as a person. He grew up outside of Boston with so many cultures around him that he was actually curious about. And now as a filmmaker he can explore that, and he’s showcased all of these cultures in America, just trying to get by, you know? I think it brings a whole different layer to gangster movies.”
Live by Night hits limited theaters on December 25 and opens nationwide on January 13, 2017!
Also pictured inside: Zoe and her twin boys Cy and Bowie (not pictured) and other family members going grocery shopping at Bristol Farms on Wednesday (November 23) in West Hollywood, Calif.