By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
Zoe Saldana, who plays the Star character “Uhura” in the “Star Trek” movies directed by J. J. Abrams, is definitely a rising star in Hollywood. Her character, Uhura, is a very intelligent, b
eautiful, and classy woman, and it seems that the real life Zoe can be described the same way. Besides having a very friendly personality and a bright smile, in a recent interview she gushed over how thankful she feels for being cast as Uhura.
The role of Uhura, a strong-willed and intelligent female in the “Star Trek” universe, was first played by Nichelle Nichols. What you might not know, is that Nichelle was one of the first black women ever featured in a major television series, something that civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. personally praised her for.
So, Zoe knows that she’s got some very big shoes to fill in playing such a legendary and historically important character. In fact, she reached out to Nichelle to get some tips. Zoe Saldana says, “This was a role that I was so privileged to get in the first place, so to find out I was going to be doing it moving forward made me feel super ecstatic and very blessed… one because my mom is a ‘Star Trek’ fan, but also because I met Nichelle Nichols and got her blessing and some amazing pointers. Because of that, I was able to run wild with it.”
This combination of talent, a positive attitude, and appreciating her opportunities in the future, has led her to land more sci-fi roles. She’ll be playing a character called “Ney’tiri” in the next “Avatar” film by James Cameron and the female lead in the Marvel Comics adaptation of “Guardians of the Galaxy” as the character “Gamora”.
Note: “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” are each rated PG-13