We talk Gamora’s big changes, chemistry with Star-Lord, and more in this exclusive Zoe Saldana Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Interview. This post is sponsored by Disney. All out-of-this-world opinions are my own
Interview photos courtesy of Louise Bishop at MomStart.com
It would take more than a cold to stop this lady’s fiery personality. Though Zoe Saldana walked into the interview room with a cold that day, she was as delightful and full of personality as ever. A Zoe Saldana Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Interview never disappoints as we talk about Gamora‘s big changes from movie one to movie two, what to expect from the Gamora/Star-Lord chemistry, a hilarious 30-foot drop story and her continued strong message for young girls.
I think one of the best parts of movie sequels is seeing how the characters evolve and grow from one movie to the next. And one of the strongest character changes happens in Gamora. Zoe’s response makes me excited to see how Gamora will evolve even more in Vol. 3.
Now that I see the movie for the second time, I really respect the fact that James Gunn has a vision and an idea of an arc for each and every one of these characters, and what they represent as a family unit. And Gamora is this just unbreakable support wall, that everybody leans on to. So there’s a lot that she can reveal, but it’s always within measure. And I think he’s pacing her out, at least I hope he is. But it was very beautiful.
We left Vol. 1 with a definite attraction vibe going on between Star-Lord and Gamora. And I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely hoping that they end up together by the end of the movie saga. So where’s the relationship going in Vol. 2? What can we expect for the chemistry in the sequel?
I think that James Gunn is exceptionally talented in the way that he creates strong characters in the beginning, and then he really lets these characters tell him where they need to go, based on what he established before. So, Gamora and Quill, they’re best friends. The bond that they have is so spiritually dynamic. It’s stronger in the way that they communicate, the way that they counsel each other, and the way that they think and protect each other.
I’ll give you a hint; it’s not the green paint. Gamora’s makeup transformation takes 3.4-4 hours to apply everyday, early in the morning. Zoe is not one to sit idle for 4 hours. She’s come armed with her favorite makeup tool.
I talk. I talk in every language. I turn on music. I’m on my phone. I FaceTime with my kids. I FaceTime with whoever’s up. New York is up! Oh, D.R. is up! I’m talking from 2:30 in the morning until the time I get to set. I talk to everybody.
There’s no doubt that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is packed full of sci-fi action, including some pretty amazing stunt work. And while Zoe has no qualms about praising her amazing stunt actor for making Gamora look bad-A**, there was that one time she did this 30-foot drop on her own…
All the parts where Gamora looks absolutely unbelievably cool, that’s Leanne. And all the parts where I’m posing, and taking out my sword and stuff, that’s me. But I did do a lot of those jumps. And I would do a lot of the stunts that she would do, but like the PG-13 version. There is a jump that I did. They made me jump from three stories, a 30-foot jump. And I was on wires. I still can’t remember if somebody told me and I just brain farted, or somebody forgot to tell me that I was going to free fall – I was not going to feel the tension on the wires. So when they said action, I jumped and thought I was dying. Forgot to speak English! And then James Gunn was like, “Yeah, your face was kind of awful there. You have to do it again.” So I did it again. But as soon as I landed, I was like, I don’t want to do this again. The girly girl came out of me. I was just CRYING — it was awful, but super fun.
I feel empowered every time I sit down with Zoe Saldana. Her passion for women, especially young girls, rings true every time she talks. She knows how her influence impacts our children, and she wants to leave a lasting impression that our girls can be proud of. What is Gamora’s message for girls in Guardians Vol. 2?
Vulnerability is strength, and being strong that means that you have to be vulnerable. I hope young women take that. I don’t see Gamora as a strong character. I see her as someone that’s tired, annoyed. But she’s also very vulnerable.
Catch up on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Interviews & More
Love everything Guardians of the Galaxy? Catch up on the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Red Carpet Experience & Press Event:
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review | Safe for Kids?
- Walking the Purple Carpet of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Premiere + Photos
- Chris Pratt Interview | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff & Elizabeth Debicki Interview | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
And check out our exclusive on-set interviews earlier this year – in COSTUME!
- 50 Things I Learned On Set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Chris Pratt Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Zoe Saldana Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Dave Bautista Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Michael Rooker Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Karen Gillan Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Kurt Russell Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 James Gunn Interview
See Zoe Saldana return as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in theaters on May 5, 2017. Do you think Star-Lord & Gamora will end up together?
I was invited to attend an all-inclusive press trip for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in exchange for this posting. All Marvel-loving opinions are my own. Be sure to follow Raising Whasians via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube for more of your of the latest Disney movie updates!