Zoë Saldana Reveals She Has an Autoimmune Disease: 'All of a Sudden It Hits You'
The Star Trek actress also discusses often being lonely as the sole woman on set
Zoë Saldana has been diagnosed with the same autoimmune disease that her mother and sisters battle.
The Star Trek Beyond star told Net-a-Porter’s The EDIT that she suffers from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a disorder in which the immune system turns against the body’s own tissues.
“Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed,” the 38-year-old actress said. “You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean.”
In order to stay healthy, Saldana and her husband, Marco Perego, maintain a gluten- and dairy-free diet, a difficult change for the food lover.
“I had a great time in my twenties. Then your doctor says you’re losing calcium in your bones. What the f— is that?!” Saldana explained. “I would hear those conversations with my mom and grandma, thinking I’d never get there. I’m going to live forever!”
“But all of a sudden it hits you,” she continued. “I s— you not, it’s from night to day.”
Saldana, who is mother to twin boys Cy and Bowie with husband Marco Perego, doesn’t have any time to rest, either. Saldana has been keeping busy working on mega-franchises like Star Trek, Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy. However, don’t be surprised if the indefatigable star manages to adds more women-focused movies to her already busy itinerary.
Saldana, who emulated the late singer Prince in her photo shoot for the magazine, admits that it can be hard being the only woman on set. Even though it’s something she’s not accustomed to, it’s something she wants to change.
“As women in positions of power, we have to use it to help other women,” she said. “I got used to being the only girl in the room. Look at The Losers, look at Star Trek … It’s lonely! I couldn’t care less about male-driven stories and war movies, not because I’m not an intellectual individual, but because I want to know what’s happening to a woman.”
The actress is also ready to take a stand against the gender pay gap in Hollywood, saying women need to stand up for what they deserve.
“The high road is no longer silent. The high road is speaking up and saying, ‘You’re a d—!’ ” she said. “‘What you are doing is unfair. I’m not asking you to idolize me, I’m asking you to pay me equally, because you always come to me whenever you need me for a press tour!'”
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That’s not to say that Saldana has anything against a good man.
“We feel sad for friends who are with a——, but when we have a true gem, we take it for granted,” she said. “When a man is wonderful, it’s infinitely sexier than a ‘real’ man! Men are beasts, creatures that can blow my mind. But when a good f—— man has walked beside you? That s— stops the show.”