Can we talk about how much of a badass Zoe Saldana is?
The 37-year-old star of the upcoming Nina Simone biopic “Nina” recently talked about body positivity, being a mother, her marriage to Marco Perego-Saldana, and work-life balance with Latina magazine. And everything she had to say was … yep, you guessed it: pretty badass.
But it was in response to questions about culture and immigration where Saldana really dug in.
She was born in New Jersey. At age 10, her family moved to the Dominican Republic. At 17, she returned to the U.S. to pursue her dreams of working in the entertainment industry. Growing up her whole life as the daughter of immigrants gives her a unique insight into the complexity of the immigrant experience in America. And she’s not interested in beating around the bush.
Her response to people who are afraid of the “Latinization of America”? “Shut up and just deal with it,” she says.
It’s estimated that by 2044, the white population in the U.S. will for the first time in the country’s history be in the minority. That is, there’ll still be more white people than any other individual group, but collectively whites will make up less than 50% of the country.
This has some white people a little freaked out and feeling as though “our” country is being taken over by “others.” But that’s a load of nonsense.
Or as Saldana put it, “The only true American here is the Native American. Everyone else is a transplant. We’re going through the exact same thing the Italians went through, the Irish, the Jews, and the Asians. In different ways, but it’s been very similar.”
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