Zoe Saldana graces the cover of InStyle magazine and shares her thoughts on her post-baby body and efforts to get back in shape, life with her twins and her husband Marco Perego and being a mixed-race family and more.
The 37-year-old Zoe Saldana has been public in her efforts to get back in shape, as she had posted on Facebook many photos of herself working out and shared some of her dieting and fitness tips. She’s always been refreshingly candid about her body and this is no exception, as she opens up to InStyle about life after giving birth to twins boys, Bowie Ezio and Cy Aridio, with her husband, Italian artist Marco Perego.
Despite looking amazing, and as such a familiar target of paparazzi photos, she set the record straight and said of getting her pre-pregnancy body, “I don’t want to get back to where I used to be. I want to feel healthy, and not just fit into the old jeans I used to wear. I’m a woman now. My body has changed forever. It’s softer… and stronger.”
And she is quite stunning on the cover of InStyle (photo below), and is not, flaunting her body in a bikini or skinny jeans, but rather, an quasi-1950s style printed blue and white Dolce & Gabbana dress which clearly defines her slim waist even as the gathered skirt cascades over her hips.
She went on to reveal that becoming a wife and now a mother has changed her emotionally, not just physically. She said, “Since I’ve been with Marco, I’ve been lowering my guard. Finally when we had our boys I looked at my husband and I realized: I was meant for you and you were meant for me.”
She continued, explaining, “I’ve always felt comfortable around men as long as they were friends. Now I finally feel comfortable with my lover. I don’t want to be separate. I want my church. I want to live inside the religion of our own little family.”
And the comfort and ease has been a two-way street she revealed as she spoke about her husband who changed his surname after they got married. Saldana said of him, “I tried to talk him out of it.” She went on to say, “I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world.’ But Marco looks up at me and says, ‘Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a s–t.'”
She also opened up about what it’s like being now part of an interracial family and said, “What was important for my mother is that we married somebody who still had dreams and aspirations—not what color or class they were from…We were all colors but we never talked about it. We all ate the same food. I look at Cy and he looks almost Cambodian. I look at Bo and it’s like, ‘Oh, our little pharaoh.'”
The actress will next be seen opposite Mark Ruffalo in the drama ‘Infinitely Polar Bear.’ And a bit further down the line we’ll see her as Nina Simone in the long-awaited biopic. She addressed criticism she’s received from some who claim she is too light-skinned to play the legendary 1960s folk and blue singer.
She said of the criticism, “An artist is colorless, genderless…It’s more complex than just ‘Oh, you chose the Halle Berry look-alike to play a dark, strikingly beautiful, iconic black woman.’ The truth is, they chose an artist who was willing to sacrifice herself.” She added, We needed to tell her story because she deserves it.”
You can see the Zoe Saldana InStyle magazine cover and more interview excerpts here.
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