Some actors stick to blockbusters, some to arthouse movies, and some swing between the two. Amongst film nerds though, actors who tend to stick to only blockbusters don’t tend to get the same type of recognition and more often respect for their talent as those who do some awards fare as well or in place of.
In an interview with Net-A-Porter, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Star Trek” actress Zoe Saldana says she’s fed up at being looked down on because of the roles she’s chosen, and had some strong words about that ‘elitist’ mindset and how it’s hurtful to the ones these films are often made for:
“I’ve been in rooms with people in this industry who are great at what they do, but they’re absolutely elitist and they look down at movies like the Marvel films or actors like myself. They think we’re selling out in some way. Every time they speak I feel so disappointed in them, because whenever you see pictures of people in this industry who donate their time to children in need, it’s these actors that live in the world that you feel is selling out.
That actor takes time out of their life and sits down with that five-year-old and says, ‘I see you, I hear you, and you matter’. Those elitists should be a little more cognizant about what playing a superhero means to a young child. Because you’re not just dissing me, you’re dissing what that child considers important in their world.
I feel so proud to be living in space, to be playing green and blue aliens, to inspire, primarily, the younger generations. I remember what it was like to be young and to feel completely excluded out of the mainstream conversation of life because I was just little and unimportant and ‘other’.”
Saldana will next be seen in “Avengers: Infinity War” opening everywhere around the world on April 27th.