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Zoe Zaldana Was Almost Fired Because of Pregnancy


by Jennifer McShane
20th Jun 2015
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It seems that discrimination is still rampant on the Hollywood scene, as actress Zoe Saldana has revealed that she was almost fired from a movie, when one the typical ‘guys in suits’ learned of her pregnancy. The star is adjusting to motherhood after recently giving birth to her twins, but spoke of her anger that she was almost taken off a movie project because of her baby news.

“Let me tell you something, it will never be the right time for anybody in your life that you get pregnant,” Saldana said. She revealed that last year “the productions I was slated to work on sort of had a panic.” She adds, “I heard through the grapevine there was even a conversation of me being written off of one of the projects.”

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She was understandably angered at this. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, are you kidding me? It’s this bad?’ “She added. “Right when I just feel super-duper happy, is that inconvenient for you? That me, as a woman in my thirties, I finally am in love and I am finally starting my life? And it’s (screwing) your schedule up? Really?”

The actress didn’t end up losing any film roles, but to add fuel to the fire, she did say she had a frustrating time fighting to get child care covered by the studios. However, she said the male movie stars frequently got ?bigged up? and had their needs taken care of by the studios. ?She simply got told, ?Nope, we don’t pay for nannies.?

“They spend more money sometimes ‘perking’ up male superstars in a movie,” Saldana said.? She also claimed studios pay for male actors to fly on private jets, provide them multiple assistants and bodyguards, and pay for the actors to live in “a really phat penthouse” or a yacht but that they wouldn’t pay for a nanny for her. So we get a great big dose of sexism thrown in there as well.

?They go ‘Nope, we don’t pay for nannies.’ ”

We’re still really shocked at how women (even those in Hollywood) end up getting the short straw, when will this ever end?!

What do you think about this?

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@Jenny_McShane

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