A Minute With: Zoe Saldana on her ambition to direct
By Rollo Ross
LONDON (Reuters) - Actress Zoe Saldana has starred in the blockbuster movies "Avatar" and "Star Trek" so her latest movie, the smaller budget "Blood Ties," was quite a shift. But she is also eyeing another new role - director.
In "Blood Ties," which had its world premiere at the Cannes film festival this month, 34-year-old Saldana plays the girlfriend of a policeman whose complex relationship with his brother pits duty against family loyalty.
The film, by French actor-turned-director Guillaume Canet, also stars Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis and James Caan.
Saldana spoke to Reuters about the differences in appearing in small and big-budget film, why she wants to direct and maintaining control.
Q: How did you approach a smaller budget movie?
A: There are sacrifices that you make. Your trailer isn't as big or as nice. I'm joking. But my approach is always going to be the same, whether it comes in a big package or a small package. If I commit to do a role and to be part of a story it is my job and my duty to give 150 percent to putting this character together. I did the same on "Blood Ties" that I did on "Avatar" and "Star Trek".
Q: What were the differences?
A: When it comes to certain blockbuster movies, the budget is healthier so there are just perks. Not just perks but there are things that you need that you get. When you are shooting a film like "Blood Ties" when the budget is not as big and you are shooting in a city like New York, which is a very expensive city, all the budget goes into the movie and you just make compromises. You are happy to do so because you are collaborating with amazing people. It is a good day at the office. The office might be smaller but it is good. Continued...