Zoe Saldana in Ocean Drive December 2013: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

Posted Tuesday December 3, 2013 2:38 PM GMT

Continuing promotions for her new film "Out of the Furnace," Zoe Saldana soaked up the spotlight by covering the December 2013 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.

The "Avatar" beauty looked breathtaking in designer garbs from Chanel and Neiman Marcus for the Randall Slavin-shot spread while opening up about her controversial role in the film "Nina" and revealed why privacy is a top priority of hers.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Saldana's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit Ocean Drive!

On her life away from the cameras:
"I love what I do so much, but I love my [personal] life more. And I realized throughout the years of being in this business that the only way to maintain some kind of sanity is to protect that which is most dear to you, which is your life and everyone that’s in it. [It] provides a sanity that gives me the ability to be insane by playing other people and living in other bodies for a long period of time, and then coming back home and knowing that my roots are so grounded that it’s easy for me to go back to being myself. The only way I can continue having that is by absolutely avoiding the questions that are asked."

On her work in "Nina":
"It’s one of the scariest projects I’ve ever been involved with because it was about an iconic figure, and there were so many political [issues] around it from the beginning, but I really wanted it to be a love song to Nina Simone and I wanted it to just come from a place of absolute love. I can’t stop to think about who thinks me to be black enough or not black enough. I know who I am. I like who I am. And I’m not going to explain who I am. I’ve always been like that—I was raised to be that way."

On her move to the Dominican Republic:
"It was culture shock at first. Kids are going to poke at whatever is foreign to them, and here we come: these three girls speaking English. We’re also very intelligent and kind of sassy, and we were going to a very prestigious private school and we were one of the least fortunate families. Kids tend to be a little cruel to what they don’t know. But even though throughout those years we kind of suffered because we got bullied, as soon as we left we just became these forces. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and it was not going to kill us, trust me!"

Photo Credit: Randall Slavin for Ocean Drive

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