Zoe Saldana Says Her Emotional Breakdown Comments Were 'Exaggerated'
A couple of years ago Zoe Saldana talked about having a mental breakdown after working on the films "Avatar" and "Columbiana," and now the actress has come forward to say her comments were "completely blown out of proportion."
After appearing in James Cameron's 2009 sci-fi blockbuster, the actress told Latina magazine she was mentally exhausted and had a hard time getting through filming of "Columbiana," in which she played an assassin.
She said in 2011: "The year after Avatar was just emotionally overwhelming. I was traveling all over the world, waking up in different time zones. Your body gets exhausted, and by the end of the year I just collapsed... I was sitting in my hotel room, and I couldn't stop crying. I couldn't stay awake. I must have slept for an entire month. It took me the rest of the year, even as I was working and shooting Colombiana, to pick myself up. Thank God my family was there."
Saldana believes the media made too much of the 2011 quotes and is now clarifying her remarks.
In a new interview with Latina, she explained: "That was completely blown out of proportion. That was so exaggerated and so ridiculous. It's no different than what a child does after you've had a birthday party for a child. The child has been so stimulated by everybody, in every direction, consistently, you feel depleted. You use so much serotonin that you feel, not empty, but you feel a little tired and depleted and you have to fill your well of energy and of happiness and you have to pay attention to you.
"That downtime was very welcoming and very beautiful, but it wasn't like I got f**king depressed and I just wouldn't get out of bed. That has never happened to me! I hate when you say something and then it's like, ay dios mio (oh my god)..."
The actress stars in the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness."