Though the 36-year-old actress says she got along with her fellow thespians, the politics on the set are what made the job seem almost unbearable. “Those weren’t the right people for me,” she said in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m not talking about the cast. The cast was great. I’m talking about the political stuff that went on behind closed doors. It was a lot of above-the-line versus below-the-line. Extras versus actors, producers versus PAs. It was very elitist. I almost quit the business.”
Though Saldana persevered through the filming of the 2003 flick, she admits at the time she promised herself she wouldn’t put herself through the process again. “I was 23 years old, and I was like, ‘F*** this!’ I am never putting myself in this situation again. People disrespecting me because they look at my number on a call sheet and they don’t think I’m important. F*** you,” she said.
It’s probably safe to say that Saldana is grateful she didn’t throw in the towel after filming her somewhat small part on the Pirates movie being that she’s shot to fame since by starring in two blockbusting franchises. Though Star Trek and Avatar are both continuing their successes, Saldana has just added a new role to her résumé: mother-to-be. The beauty’s publicist just announced this week that she is expecting her first child with hubby Marco Perego.
Acting seems like a dream job to many, but it’s not uncommon for stars to claim they are going to leave behind their celebrity and quit. There were rumors in April that Chris Evans was going to retire as an actor and dedicate his efforts to being behind the scenes. Lena Dunham also claimed that she had put thought into quitting after her show Girls reached the end of its run.