Zoe Saldana will never be one of those Hollywood actresses who boasts about her love life.
In the December issue of Ocean Drive magazine, the 35-year-old brunette beauty explains why she's intent on keeping her career separate from her personal life — romantic relationships included.
“I love what I do so much, but I love my [personal] life more," says Zoe, who stuns in a strapless black-and-white dress on the cover. "And I realized throughout the years of being in this business that the only way to maintain some kind of sanity is to protect that which is most dear to you, which is your life and everyone that’s in it."
That, she notes, "provides a sanity that gives me the ability to be insane by playing other people and living in other bodies for a long period of time, and then coming back home and knowing that my roots are so grounded that it’s easy for me to go back to being myself. The only way I can continue having that is by absolutely avoiding the questions that are asked.”
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Zoe's personal life has been under a microscope since November 2011 after she and Keith Britton, her boyfriend of 11 years, called off their 17-month engagement.
The Star Trek Into Darkness star then dated her The Words co-star Bradley Cooper on and off from December 2011 until earlier this year, which only piqued more interest.
Six months after ending her relationship with the actor, Zoe secretly married Italian artist Marco Perego in June, but she has yet to acknowledge that in any interview.
“I like respecting all of the family members that are in my life and my friends," she explains. "These are people that choose to be in my life; they’re not choosing to be in what I do. So I owe it to them to keep them protected.”
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Zoe can next be seen playing legendary jazz musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone in the biographical film, Nina, set for release sometime in 2014.
“It’s one of the scariest projects I’ve ever been involved with because it was about an iconic figure, and there were so many political [issues] around it from the beginning," shares Zoe, who received public backlash when she landed the role. “But I really wanted it to be a love song to Nina Simone and I wanted it to just come from a place of absolute love.”