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Zoe Saldana talks about Hollywood's treatment of women of color

Never one to mince her words, Afro-Latino actress Zoe Saldana spoke out about her opinions in a recent interview in which she opened up about the treatment of women of color in Hollywood.

After years in the industry, Saldana revealed to Porter Edit that she still finds it difficult to land an audition spot and shared her reasons with the magazine.

“I think it has a lot to do with race,” she said. “'Color doesn't sell' – that's the excuse they hide behind. But what it really means is that if you're in a position of leadership, you have a responsibility to steer the narrative, to reshape it and get it on the right track. If you're not setting that trend, then you're no different than the shackles that bind you.”

She went on to say that things were even worse for her at the beginning of her career.

“Every time I read a script, even if it was a period film, I thought I was going for the lead role,” she said. “It was only when I came across the introduction of an ethnic supporting role that I realised, 'Oh.' I wasn't even allowed to apply for the lead role because they wanted to make the role 'traditional'… That was a very bitter pill to swallow.”

Finally, the Colombia The star revealed that she was once told she was “not a traditional American” and took offense to that ignorant statement. In response, she became even more accepting of her heritage.

“I will never accept that I am not traditional,” she said. “I come from where I come from, I can't change that, and you come from where you come from. But if you tell me that where you come from is the only right place and that I therefore don't fit into this traditional mold, let's be very clear that you are the one who is wrong. Because everything about me and where I come from is just as right.”