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My balls are pretty big. There’s a confidence that my sisters and I were raised with. After my dad died, my mom moved us from Queens back to the Dominican Republic. A very macho sort of place. But my mom raised us to know that we are equal to anyone. Whenever we went out, if we were meeting other people, my mom would always say, “I hope you like them.” Not “I hope they like you.” We were the most important.

Zoe Saldana for The Hollywood Reporter (August 2014)

Scarlett Johansson in ‘Lucy’

Scarlett Johansson in ‘Lucy’

The movie has an incredible life from generation to generation. People have told me they’ve named their kids Westley and Buttercup, that they were married dressed as Westley and Buttercup. I met a girl just a few weeks ago who has “As You Wish” tattooed on her neck.
Cary Elwes (Westley) The Princess Bride

I’m so proud of my heritage, but yes, I think there’s always a danger when people put you on a pedestal. Especially when you’re just trying to live your life and pursue your dreams. The intention is not to represent Asian Americans, but to be an Asian American who is working as an actress. People often confuse the two. When you are “representing,” you have the burden of some people projecting their hopes onto you. This can eventually lead to a certain amount of disappointment. I strive to not deny myself experiences that open up to me. I hope to live without looking back in regret. If people want to join me on the ride, then I’m happy to have them along.

Guardians of the Galaxy promotional posters

Chris Hemsworth by Juergen Teller

Chris Hemsworth by Juergen Teller

Scarlett Johansson as Luc Besson’s ‘Lucy’

Scarlett Johansson as Luc Besson’s ‘Lucy’

Scarlett Johansson by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello

Scarlett Johansson by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello

Angelina Jolie by Hedi Slimane

Angelina Jolie by Hedi Slimane