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Zoe Saldana loves playing unconventional female roles

Zoe Saldana, who plays a green-skinned alien in yet another sci-fi movie, prefers unconventional female roles

Published on Jul 30, 2014 12:08 PM

Actress Zoe Saldana rolls her eyes a little when she is told that the biggest movie of the summer Transformers: Age Of Extinction features a female lead whose main job is to scream and show off her posterior.

"That's Michael Bay. That's a different story. Ugh. He's part of a dying breed," she says of the director helming the franchise.

Saldana thinks Bay is the exception in the science-fiction genre. She should know. She has appeared in three of the biggest science-fiction hits of recent years - Avatar (2009) and the rebooted Star Trek series (2009, 2013)- and now, stars in Guardians Of The Galaxy, a new movie based on a Marvel comics series about a team of superheroes. In each of these films, her character is anything but cheesecake.

In Avatar, the dance-trained Saldana's movements were motion-captured for her part as the tree-leaping warrior Neytiri. In the two Star Trek films, she has a supporting part as officer Uhura.

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