Zoe Saldana’s latest movie, the summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, is one of the highest-earning movies of 2017, and she has a list of high-profile projects lined up for the future, including Avengers: Infinity War and four new films in James Cameron’s Avatar franchise. The 39-year-old actress is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, and in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, she says she sees herself as a representative of the Latino community and she takes that responsibility seriously. “I want to make sure that I’m contributing in whatever way I can to spread knowledge about a beautiful community that I belong to that will soon become 30% of the population here in this country. It will be our lawyers, our doctors, our scientists, our researchers, our future president.”
Saldana told the Times that she doesn’t need fame to be happy. She’s more concerned with where the country is headed. “I want to impact my country and move it in the right direction when it comes to the empathetic and respectful approach that we need to have with respecting our Constitution when it comes to immigration.”
Saldana has previously spoken out about the rampant sexism in the United States, and how important it is for women to challenge the status quo. She’ll be busy making movies for the next few years, but maybe after that, she could take a break from acting and run for office? If she wants to change how women and Latinos are treated in this country, the White House would be a great place to start.