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Zoe Saldana: I Was Dying Inside
I have been long obsessed with the 2000 ballet-focused film Center Stage, which (among many other accomplishments) introduced the world to Zoe Saldana.
The Avatar and Star Trek actress was then a 22-year-old dance student with big screen dreams. "That was the beginning of a beautiful f*cking romance," she said of dance back in 2010. "[Dancing] was my Xanax, let me tell you ... it put all my demons in order."
But in a new interview, she reveals that it caused as many demons as it cured. "I had to quit ballet because it felt like a part of me was dying inside," she says in the inaugural issue of Cosmopolitan for Latinas. "It takes a lot of courage to face up to things you can't do because we feed ourselves so much denial. In dance you use every part of your body except your voice. I wanted to start acting because I wanted to use my voice."
And while Zoe has gone on to shout from the cinematic mountaintops, I still enjoy remembering where it all began.