Zoe Saldana has been causing a stir in the media recently, not for her new films but for her personal life.
After having to defend her husband, Marco Perego, for taking her last name, Saldana is now fighting another battle to get film studios to rethink their sexist views on mothers.
In an interview with USA Today, she said upon announcing she was pregnant, she almost lost several jobs.
â€œâ€¦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 projectsâ€ she revealed.
“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?â€¦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?”
According to USA Today, Saldanaâ€™s box office receipts for films such as Avatar, Star Trek: Into The Darkness, Columbiana and Guardians of the Galaxy have grossed over $2.5 billion, yet and still, she isnâ€™t given the same respects or luxuries as her male counterparts.
Studios â€œâ€¦spend more money sometimes ‘perking’ up male superstars in a movie,paying for private jets, a coterie of assistants and bodyguards or booking “a really phat penthouse or them staying in a yacht instead of them staying on land” she said.
But then a woman comes in going, ‘OK, I have a child. You’re taking me away from my home. You’re taking my children away from their home…Therefore, I would have to pay for this nanny for more hours â€” so I kind of need that. And they go, ‘Nope, we don’t pay for nannies.’ “
Saldana has made strides in fighting for a working mothers equal rights. Paramount Pictures (which is producing her next film, Star Trek) told USA Today, â€œWith any production, there is always a negotiating processâ€¦The (child care) issue had been resolved”
Go Zoe! Handle your business like a boss!