August 9th, 2011
10:11 AM ET
Zoe Saldana’s star was already on the rise when it skyrocketed to the top of the A-list following 2009’s “Avatar.”
But all of the work and effort she put in to playing Neytiri nearly caused an emotional breakdown, Saldana tells the September issue of Latina magazine.
“The year after ‘Avatar’ was just emotionally overwhelming,” she recalls. “I was traveling all over the world, waking up in different time zones. Your body gets exhausted, and by the end of the year I just collapsed.”
That exhaustion nearly led to emotional turmoil for the 33-year-old actress.
“I was in Paris training for ‘Colombiana,’ sitting in my hotel room, and I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t stay awake,” she says. “I must have slept for an entire month. It took me the rest of the year, even as I was working and shooting ‘Colombiana,’ to pick myself up…Thank God my family was there.”
Saldana, who is close to her two sisters and their kids, says she is looking forward to building her own family one day. But while her sights are set on having a few kids, it may be a while – Saldana has yet to settle on a wedding date or a dress following her engagement to Keith Britton in July of 2010.
“I don’t think that far ahead,” she tells Latina before adding, “Listen, I know I’m lucky…I’m not an easy cookie to deal with. But I think the only reason we’ve made it this long is because we don’t listen to anybody but our¬selves. We’ve still managed to sustain a relationship in a world where half of the people we know are divorcing or going through problems….It’s like that song we both love by Frank Sinatra—we did it our way.”
Read the rest of Zoe Saldana's interview in Latina magazine when the September issue arrives on newsstands August 16.
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