Zoë Saldana Says Grandparents and Nannies Are a Huge Help in Raising Twin Sons: We 'Have a Great Village'
"If we're [filming] on location, my husband will be with us for 10 days and then he'll fly back for four," she tells PEOPLE
Zoë Saldana has proven her space-influenced acting skills, zipping around onscreen universes in Guardians of the Galaxy and the Star Trek films — including the newest installment in the latter series, Star Trek Beyond.
“We’re a good team, but we also have a great village, so his parents are around. And when they can’t [be], then my mother’s around, but we always have our nannies,” Saldana, 38, tells PEOPLE of parenting now-20-month old sons Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio with Perego, who is an Italian-born artist.
“If we’re [filming] on location, my husband will be with us for 10 days and then he’ll fly back for four, but we can’t be more than one week away from each other,” she adds. “That’s a promise we’ve made that we’re trying to keep.”
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The feminist actress and dancer is also candid about how her life, and its scheduling priorities, has changed even after the cameras stop rolling.
“Last summer, [when] we were shooting [Star Trek Beyond], the whole cast got to spend more time together because half of them are not parents yet, and I had twin boys that were 6 months old,” she recounts. “I had just gotten over breastfeeding and I just couldn’t come out every evening after shooting and having dinner.
“I didn’t want to, either,” she continues. “I wanted to go home, and [with] the only 20 minutes that I had, I wanted to bathe my boys and put them to sleep.”
And though the mother of two understands the changes that come along with having children, there are some things about her pre-mom life that she admittedly misses.
“These are sacrifices that you make and you have to make them willingly, but you also have to be disciplined and determined,” Saldana says.
“Every other day I wanted to drink a bottle of wine and pass out like I used to — watching, like, investigative shows,” she admits. “I can’t do that [now].”
— Jen Juneau with reporting by Catherine Kast