Zoe Saldana is one tough cookie

Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:33am EDT
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By Cristy Lytal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For Zoe Saldana, life has changed a lot since she played a tall, blue alien in the top-grossing film of all time, "Avatar," but one thing remains constant: she is one tough cookie.

In fact, her stunt coordinator Garrett Warren, who trained her for "Avatar" and upcoming action flick "The Losers," which kicks its way into theaters on Friday, has remained by the "Star Trek" star's side in her rise up Hollywood's A-list.

Before anyone thinks she is all action, no talk, the 31 year-old Saldana also currently stars in film comedy "Death at a Funeral," and the New Yorker who was raised in the Dominican Republic said family is what is near-and-dear to her heart.

Still, an old-fashioned butt-kicking can do good things for Saldana's psyche, and she wonders what's so bad about that.

"I've had bruises that would make any man cry, but he and I just find it really sexy," said Saldana, 31 "Because he's like, 'Oh, I love a girl with bruises,' and "I'm like, 'I do, too. Is that wrong?'"

On the set of "The Losers," Saldana earned her fair share of black-and-blue marks as Aisha, a mysterious operative who joins an elite U.S. Special Forces unit that has been betrayed and left for dead in the Bolivian jungle.

The unit returns to civilization under the cloak of being presumed deceased and begins to track down the man who framed them. Their problem is, however, that they argue so much among themselves they often get in their own way.

Aisha is a seductress who puts the smackdown on unit leader Clay, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. In addition to throwing kicks and punches at their enemies, the two hurl whatever else is handy -- a liquor bottle, a TV, each other -- across the room in one major brawl.   Continued...

<p>Actress Zoe Saldana, who stars in the movie "The Losers", poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, California April 9, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>