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Zoe Saldana: The Hottest Action Figure Ever

To say that 33-year-old actress Zoe Saldana is an entertaining dining companion is an understatement along the lines of “Kate Middleton married up.” During lunch at an L.A. pub, Zoe’s unguarded honesty, whirlwind hand gestures, and intense eye contact create a sense of instant chemistry.



Let other actresses stick to publicist-approved talking points: Nothing is off-limits for Zoe, who regales with tales of midnight tattoo sprees (“We woke up the next morning and were like, ‘That totally [bleepin’] happened!’ ”), dietary quirks (“Call me crazy—I love elk meat!”), and deep appreciation for bodacious women (“Christina Hendricks? Gabow!”).



Actually, the same adjective could be used to describe Zoe, who loves playing babes you best not cross—like the cobalt-colored warrior Neytiri in the 2009 blockbuster Avatar. In Colombiana (due out August 26), she plays Cataleya Restrepo, a lean, mean killing machine with a 30-pound sniper rifle for a BFF—catnip for a girl who relishes the chance to kick butt.



“Physical roles give me a chance to learn something new,” she says. “Like the fact that I can grab a gun, disassemble it, and put it back together. I’m a girl from Queens. I’ve never gone, ‘What am I doing today? Oh, I’m gonna grab a gun and learn how to use it.’ ”



Get the full interview (including her favorite Caribbean recipes and her thoughts on her male costars) in the September issue of Women's Health on sale August 9!



Come back tomorrow to check out Zoe’s behind-the-scenes video from her WH cover shoot!


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