Marvel’s Zoe Saldaña says franchise movies made her feel “stuck”

Marvel star Zoe Saldaña has admitted that doing franchise movies has made her feel “stuck”.

The actress has famously appeared in some of the biggest franchises ever over the past decade plus, including Gamora in the MCU, Neytiri in Avatar and Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek movies.

However, reflecting on the success, Saldaña told Women’s Wear Daily: “I feel that for the last 10 years of my life, I’ve been just stuck. In the field stuck doing these franchises.

Marvel’s Zoe Saldaña says franchise movies made her feel “stuck”

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“I’m very grateful for the opportunities that they provided, from collaborating with amazing directors and getting to meet cast members that I consider friends and getting to play a role that fans, especially children, love,” she added.

However, the star went on to explain that she has “felt artistically stuck in my craft of not being able to expand or grow or challenge myself by playing different sorts of genres and different roles”.

Speaking about new projects LionessSaldaña continued: “This is something that I wanted to do for a very long time. And wrestling, too, with this pressure that society puts on women that your youth is gone as soon as you have children and you go into your 40s.

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“But today, now that I’m 44, I’ve been able to have these opportunities, and I took control over my aging and I took control over my voice and how I consider myself as a woman,” she added.

“And I’m so happy that I’m able to collaborate with filmmakers and producers and people in this industry that want that for women, that want women to be ageless and who don’t fetishise women’s youth. And so it’s interesting. It’s really interesting.”

The star will next be returning to the world of Avatar for sequel The Way of Waterwhich comes 13 years after the last movie’s release.

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