“Guardians of the Galaxy”’s Zoe Saldana’s got it all mapped out.
Firstly, before revealing (and growing her baby bumpS–twins), the “Avatar” beauty posed nude in Women’s Health Magazine (which celebrates its inaugural “Body for Life” campaign) where she revealed: “This past year I’ve had to start letting go. My body dictated it as if saying, ‘Slow the f(k down!’ And I struggle with that. I love to be an athlete. I’ve learned to listen to myself, so whenever I don’t feel like doing anything that starts with ‘I should’ then I don’t. My body is less toned. I do look in the mirror and see things I don’t want. My first reaction is I breathe and I think, ‘I’m a woman, I’m 36, my body is changing.’
She continued: “I’m exactly where I want to be. I do feel beautiful in a way that even when I was working out a whole lot, I sometimes didn’t. Because there have been times that I was really slender and I didn’t like that I sometimes looked a little too muscular and flat chested — you’ll never be completely happy, so at the end of the day it’s like, ‘F(k it. Just be happy, regardless.’ ”
The first-time mom who at first, was mum about her pregnancy, now shares in the upcoming Cosmopolitan for Latinas magazine’s September issue-the importance of her Latina heritage to not just her identity, but as well-her relationships.
In the issue (on newsstands August 12) the talks about her prospective plans to have a multilingual progeny with her husband Italian artist: Marco Perego.
She explains to the mag: “Of course our children will speak the languages that we (she and her husband) speak. My sisters and I grew up learning French and speaking English and Spanish, and because of that, we’re able to understand Italian and Portuguese,” said Saldana, 36.
She continued: “But I’m going to have to make a conscious effort to speak Spanish to my children, because I speak Spanglish. It’s one of the biggest factors about me: the fire, the passion, the ‘in your face’ quality. I’m not going to say, ‘Whatever you want, whatever you say.’ I’ll say, ‘You know what I think? I feel this.’ ”
“Throughout history, for every five doors that have opened for a man, only one has opened for a woman. So the moment another woman comes along — especially a younger one — she gets picked on instead of embraced. I’m 35, and I don’t want to be afraid of the 22-year-olds. I’m actually in a better place than they are.”
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“I’m definitely not a girly-girl; my sisters and I are thugs! Sometimes we don’t even know how to console each other. We’ll be like [pretends to pat her sister on the shoulder], ‘Wanna go get a tattoo?’ Our husbands remind us of how feminine we are, but even they don’t know what we’re really like when we’re together.”
Zoe on Men and What She Finds Attractive in Partner:
“I don’t want a man who worships me: Stay away from those. Worshipping doesn’t count as really seeing me. I like men who work with women, are challenged by women, learn from women.”
As you may or may not know, Saldana was once engaged to businessman Keith Britton and carried on an on-again, off-again relationship with actor Bradley Cooper. So by the time she met and fell in love with her husband-she knew what she wanted this time around: “At 35, you make better choices in men or partners, divorce people and situations that are not right for you, and learn to say ‘no’ with a smile. You also learn to be comfortable in your own skin—which has benefits in the bedroom.”
Zoe Saldana’s Tip For a Good Sex Life:
“The most essential quality for a good sex life is to be uninhibited. I’m not talking about bringing in a third person or watching porn all night: That’s what leads people to believe they are amazing in bed when they’re the worst ever. Pornography is not sex education, it’s the opposite! Don’t allow insecurities to close you off. Be creative.”
I agree with Zoe wholeheartedly…I so…agree on that.
Photo credits: Alexei Hay/Cosmo For Latinas/.