The actress has a lot to say about the realities of juggling family life with a movie career.
Zoe Saldana is one star who certainly isn’t afraid to speak out when she believes in something.
The actress, 37, has spoken candidly about what it’s like to be a mum in Hollywood, saying that movie bosses are sometimes more accommodating of the needs of men in the industry.
She stated that they’d rather ‘spend more money perking up male superstars’ with ‘a really phat penthouse’ than on childcare for women who are trying to juggle raising a family with their career.
‘A woman comes in going, “Okay, I have a child. You’re taking me away from my home. You’re taking my children away from their home. And you’re going to make me work a lot more hours than I usually would if I was home. ‘Therefore, I would have to pay for this nanny for more hours — so I kind of need that.’” And they go, “Nope, we don’t pay for nannies,'” Zoe told USA Today.
Zoe and husband Marco Perego welcomed twin sons Cy and Bowie back in December and it wasn’t long before she returned to work.
The Guardians Of The Galaxy star went on to admit that caring for her boys when she’s shooting can be a battle, but knows she can lean on Marco during difficult times.
She added: ”The battle will always be in trying to balance it out. That’s the most exhausting thing, the balance of it all. But it helps when you’re doing it with your companion. If I know Marco is trying to balance it as well, then I feel like I’m not alone.’
It’s hardly surprising that Zoe feels so strongly about the issue. She believes she came close to being cut out of a script after announcing that she was expecting.
‘Let me tell you something, it will never be the right time for anybody in your life that you get pregnant. The productions I was slated to work on sort of had a panic. I heard through the grapevine there was even a conversation of me being written off of one of the projects.
‘I was like, “Oh, my God, are you kidding me? It’s this bad? Right when I just feel super-duper happy, is that inconvenient for you? That me, as a woman in my thirties, I finally am in love and I am finally starting my life? And it’s [screwing] your schedule up? Really?”‘