‘LLERO: In regard to the film itself, what do you say to groups such as ProColombia who think the film feeds into negative stereotypes about Colombians?
Zoë: I really don’t think this movie portrays Colombians in a negative light. Everything has a negative side to it. I’m an optimist and see the glass half full. If I would’ve thought the script misrepresented women of color, whether black or Latin, I wouldn’t have done the movie or I would’ve spoken to the director, Olivier Megaton.
‘LLERO: In terms of lifework as an actor, whose career would you like to emulate?
Zoë: Whoopi Goldberg, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro and Tilda Swinton. Hands down. They all inspire me.
‘LLERO:I know you’re friends with Junot Diaz. What did you think of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao?”
Zoë: He sent me the manuscript before it was published and me and my family cried, cried, cried.
‘LLERO: Miramax bought the movie rights to the book. Could you see yourself in it?
Zoë: I would love it. Even though Puerto Rico and Cuba are close in proximity to the DR and we’re all Latinos, each country has its own uniqueness and differences. I would love to be a part of the film. As a Dominicana I know the nuances and subtleties of being from la isla Quisqueya.
‘LLERO: Another Star Trek feature was just announced and you’ll be playing Nyota Uhura again…!
Zoë: I know, and I can’t wait.
And neither can we Zoë. Neither can we.
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