While in L.A. for the Guardians of the Galaxy Press Junket, I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to interview Zoe Saldana. Zoe plays Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, which will be in theaters this Friday, August 1st! What an amazing experience. What an awesome role model for girls. I was blown away by her kind heart and spirit. She is one strong woman that is not afraid to tell the world what she thinks. And during the interview we heard all about the long transformation process it took to turn Zoe into Gamora, on a daily basis! Below you can read some of the questions and answers from our interview.
QUESTION: How long is the makeup process?
(Gamora is green. Completely GREEN in the movie)
Zoe: 4½ to 5 hours, but then I would come to set and I would look good. You know Dave and I would look good– Karen wanted to shave her head. You know I can’t complain. My Makeup Artist was there in my trailer. It was green everywhere. Like on the pillow and the tub. My dog was green. [LAUGHS] It was crazy.
QUESTION: The first time you saw yourself in full makeup what was that like for you?
Zoe: [LAUGHS] And they make me wear these contacts. At first we tested with these contact lenses that just made me look like a lizard. I’m like, do I look like a lizard? [LAUGHS]. The idea of wearing contacts was fine. I’m working 6 day weeks. I’m in pretty much a lot of the shots. Let me just encourage them to not do the contacts in that set. And then they decided that it was better to not to do contacts because with the eyes you’re, you’re able to sort of then connect more with your own eyes. For some reason with contact lenses it’s not as penetrable as your own eyes. It was interesting. Sometimes I couldn’t put my arms down ‘cause if I started to get warm and sweat then the makeup would melt and they’d have to come tweak it.
QUESTION: Going into this role did you know about the Guardians? Were you a fan of Marvel or comics in general? And did you have any favorites growing up?
Zoe: I would just watch them whenever they were on TV and they were great. I used to watch He-Man and She-Ra and The Thunder Cats. I loved the Thunder Cats. And my sisters and I would fist fight over who’s gonna be She-Ra. “I’m She-Ra, no I’m She-Ra!”
Zoe let us know that all of her guy friends growing up would read them, but she never got into reading comic books herself. Sh ejust couldn’t do it. She never had an interest for reading it, just watching it. Zoe’s nephew taught her all about the character Gamora!
QUESTION: So how much of the stunts were you vs. a double?
Zoe: 50/50. Oh baby I’m not gonna’ jump the way Gamora jumps. I’m like, “Well you’re jump– you’re gonna’ jump me from here to here.” And we’re on a 3rd story. And I’m gonna’ jump from here and there’s nothing but metal and so she’s (her stunt double Chloe) is on a wire. I’m like, “No, no, no. Let Chloe do it.” And it was great. Her name is Chloe, my name is Zoe. She was fabulous. You can actually see her on You Tube. She does a lot of work with stuff and she’s an amazing Martial Artist and her kicks are amazing. She was brilliant. I knew that Gomorrah was in good hands.
Guardians of the Galaxy will be in theaters August 1st.
Stay tuned for my FULL review of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, plus more amazing interviews from the producer James Gunn, and the amazing cast including Christ Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Batista.
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Disclosure – I was invited to the #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent . Costs and expenses for my trip were covered but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.