Zoe Saldana plays a struggling mother with two young daughters and a bipolar husband in the Infinitely Polar Bear, an independent film making its rounds at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The 35-year=old actress is notourisly private about her personal life, but during a recent interview at the annual festival in Utah, she revealed that the movie is incredibly close to her heart for a reason few fans may know.
“I couldn’t go up on stage today right when the film ended,” she shared. “My sister and my assistant and some family members were with me and we went afterwards to dinner and everybody’s lower lip was just trembling because we were so moved. Especially for my sisters and me, because we lost our father when we were very young. It hits home. You feel that you were wronged.”
When asked if she remembers her father, Saldana replied, “Oh my god, absolutely.”
“I was 9. Now that I’m 35, throughout the years, I’ve probably embellished the only nine years that I had with him,” she said. “I fantasize — is that the right word? Fantasía — I go directly to Spanish! Now he’s this big, larger than life character. His laugh was louder, his smell was sweeter. But I get to live vicariously through someone else’s experience and kind of imagine what it could have been like. It allows you to feel. We’re always so tense about feeling. It’s like “Oh! We shouldn’t, we have makeup on.” But for me, it’s like –- fucking cry. Feel. Be in her shoes. And yes, if it’s a good movie, applaud it and embrace it.”
Check out a Sundance review of Infinitely Polar Bear, written and directed by first-time filmmaker Maya Forbes, here.
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1. WARDROBE WARS: Kerry Washington vs Zoe Saldana
They're both talented leading ladies who continue to take the world by storm, Kerry Washington with her award-winning Scandal and new movie, Peeples; and Zoe Saldana with her new summer blockbuster, Star Trek Into Darkness. Both ladies know how to rock a red carpet with loads of style and confidence. While Kerry favors more classic cuts, Zoe's drawn to bold silhouettes and hues. We love them both but only one can win this style battle. Who gets your vote? -Joy Adaeze
2. Kerry Washington
Kerry channeled old Hollywood in this hi-low striped gown.
3. Zoe Saldana
Zoe was also in a black and white mood, but added an extra touch of glam with jeweled embellishments.
4. Kerry Washington
Kerry rocked an all-over creme look for the Scandal finale party.
5. Zoe Saldana
Zoe looked white-hot in a wide legged jumpsuit.
6. Kerry Washington
Kerry set the cameras on fire with this sexy burgundy leather frock.
7. Zoe Saldana
Zoe mixed her red mini with a dash of bold print.
8. Kerry Washington
Kerry was in a red and gold state of mind during the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty.
9. Zoe Saldana
Meanwhile, Zoe rocked a sheer champagne number while promoting Star Trek Into Darkness.
10. Kerry Washington
Kerry kept in cute and classy with a lace top and skirt.
11. Zoe Saldana
Zoe balanced her mini with a loose, 3/4 sleeve top.
12. Kerry Washington
Kerry was daring in daytime in this sheer jewel tone dress.
13. Zoe Saldana
Zoe showed a lil skin with this crop top and skirt combo.
14. Kerry Washington
Kerry rocked a zebra print lady bag to match her pumps while out and about.
15. Zoe Saldana
Zoe was also feeling quite ladylike with this beige bag.
16. Kerry Washington
Kerry went for long sleeves at the MTV Movie Awards.
17. Zoe Saldana
Zoe also proved that a simple black top can be sexy.
18. Kerry Washington
Kerry shined in graphic black and white at The White House Correspondents dinner.
19. Zoe Saldana
Graphic prints were on the itinerary for Zoe as she did promo rounds.
20. Kerry Washington
Kerry looked gorg in classic black with subtle silver.
21. Zoe Saldana
Meanwhile, Zoe opted for an all-over silver look and chic white pumps.