Saldana got her star in a ceremony on May 3rd. During the event, she reflected on her journey to become a star.
“Having a dream is just step one,” she said. “Step two: sleeves up, hard work, persistence, passion, perseverance. Fail often and fail forward. If at first, you don’t succeed, you dust yourself off, and you try again. I learned to love what I do and do what I love, and that has been my mantra. From Burger King commercials to Law and Order episodic, to a ballet movie. I got to be a pirate, an INS officer, a xenolinguist on the Enterprise. I got to be an alien warrior – well, multiple alien warriors.”
As mentioned in her speech, Saldana has gone on to become a legend in modern sci-fi movies courtesy her characters of Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, Lt. NyotaUhura in Star Trek, and Neytiri in Avatar. In an interview with Variety before the ceremony, Saldana proudly elaborated upon her work in the genre.
“Science fiction is a universe where a person like me who is unimaginable is imaginable by so many filmmakers like J.J. Abrams and James Cameron and James Gunn,” Saldana said. “I got to really flourish in this genre. I got to be brave, and I got to be strong, and I got to play characters that weren’t only the daughter, the wife, the girlfriend. I was a warrior, and I was relevant to the storyline, and I’m very proud of the path that I’ve chosen for myself by avoiding falling into stereotypical boxes.”
Cameron was present at the Walk of Fame event to talk on her behalf. He also appreciated her sci-fi performances.
“Zoe pretty much owns outer space,” Cameron said. “I may be king of the world, but she is queen of the universe. Her iconic characters – Uhura, Neytiri, Gamora – are role models for young women. These are women of courage and integrity, women who are unbound and authentic, women who stand for something.”
You can see Saldana as Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War which is currently running in theaters and she will be back to play Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020. She is also set to be back as Uhura in the next Star Trek movie which just landed itself a director and of course in the next four Avatar sequels being made by Cameron.