Zöe Saldaña felt the wrath of the internet last week after making a controversial comment about being "color-blind" to race by acting in sci-fi films. "I think science fiction has given me the ability as an artist to be colorblind, and gender-blind, and to imagine and reinvent myself and be the chameleon actors are supposed to be," she told The Daily Telegraph.
After being in hot water, yet again, for her views on race, the Afro-Latina actress is speaking out about the controversy.
In an interview with Global Grind, Saldaña was asked how she felt about the hate she receives.
"I'm a Gemini, so there is a part of me where I try, but I just don't care. The other one is the exact opposite, I'm hurt all the time. I don't understand why all this hate comes back at me, but the reality is that I do realize that a lot of it must be projections. I don't have an issue with who I am, with how I am, with how I came to be, with the color of my skin, with how I live my life with an open heart and how when I'm asked a question I truly believe it's because people want to hear my answer," she said.
Saldaña also said that she wasn't raised to focus on race, so she wasn't prepared to address such a deeply personal and sensitive topic.
"I've never had an issue with the color of my skin. I've never had conversations growing up at home about Black people and white people, and them and us and this. That's not the way my mother raised us, that's not the way she loved us, and that's not the way she told us about the world. The world that existed that was real for me, first, was the one that was in my home — and it was full of love and equality for all creatures. And then the world eventually hurt me."