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Zoe Saldana Says She’s Let Herself Go, So The Rest Of Us Must Be Disgusting Beasts

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What’s the most daring and rebellious thing you’ve ever done? Cut school? Jump out of a plane? Wear something nonsensical? Whatever it is, you’re nowhere near as badass as Zoe Saldana, who recently confessed to– GASP!– ordering Chinese takeout.

The always charming and adorable actress chatted with The Edit about her relationship to exercise and food:

I’ve been an active person my whole life. The past year has been the only time in my life that I haven’t been to the gym. I’ve been lazy instead of training for something and pushing myself. … I just like to know how much endurance I have. But this past year I’ve let myself go. I’ve been eating a lot of Chinese, pasta, rice, beans….

Okay, Zoe. I have a number of thoughts on this one.

  • I can’t imagine how much pressure she must feel on a daily basis to maintain a flawless physique, so I’m really glad she’s found peace with her body.
  • If pasta, rice, and beans are the worst things she can imagine eating, she would probably faint upon seeing my grocery bags.
  • Seriously, has she never heard of jalapeño flavored potato chips? I should mail her some jalapeño flavored potato chips.
  • I appreciate that she’s trying not to reinforce the idea that women are required to constantly work towards improving themselves, and I bet there are a lot of people who would benefit from hearing her talk so casually about her eating habits.
  • But it’s kind of… irresponsible for her to talk about “letting herself go” when the vast majority of women will never be able to achieve her ‘out of shape’ body.

Obviously, it’s impossible to always say exactly the right thing, and she’s probably just trying to use self-deprecating humor to show that she’a real, relatable person, but it always irks me when gorgeous celebrities act like they don’t even try. Women face enormous pressure to adhere to unattainable beauty standards. It’s bad enough that marketers shove thousands of products down our throats every day, and it’s bad enough that we usually see our icons photoshopped to smithereens. We don’t need to hear, on top of all that, how easy it is to look flawless when you’re Zoe Saldana.

I can tell she means well, but I can’t help but roll my eyes a little bit. And now I want Chinese takeout.

Via E! / Photo: Getty images

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  • Michelle

    I think we need to stop making other people accountable for our own feelings. She has a right to her own feelings and opinions. If she’s usually a very active person, and for whatever reason now she’s not, she has the right to feel however she feels about it.

    Why are we asking other people to be responsible for making us feel anything? If you can’t accept yourself as you are, then you need to work on you. If someone else makes you feel bad about yourself, stop watching/listening to that person. I get that society as a whole has given everyone unrealistic views on what humans look like, but on the other side i think we all need to smarten up and take control of our own feelings and lives. for myself, I know I will never look like her, or be as tiny – and that’s OK. I am me. I think we all need to concentrate on being ourselves and being ok with that. if people around you can’t accept you for you and you can’t deal, then they’re not your friends, MOA.

    • Ally

      I agree with you there. Zoe wasn’t saying anything negative about anyone, she was just commenting on her need to have a healthy diet and exercise routine. Since when is it wrong for a person to want to be in shape and to aspire to have a healthy lifestyle? Considering our obesity rates are soaring, I don’t think we should be criticizing people who are trying to live healthy.

  • J_Doe5686

    I think what she refers to is fitness wise not how thin she is or isn’t.

  • Lauren

    It’s a facade, really. Zoe’s publicist is having her push the idea that “effortlessness” is hot. In reality, effortlessness is not having a brain. Come on people, why can’t we respect hard work and dedication?

  • FemelleChevalier

    “I’ve been eating a lot of Chinese, pasta, rice, beans…”

    I must admit, those are healthy food in itself if consumed moderately, so I don’t get Zoe. Chinese cuisine is inherently healthy, so yeah…

    Saying that, I think this article is nitpicking. This is judging others on how they speak out on account that people are too “sensitive” to hear other’s “effortlessness”. It screams suppression and judgment of other’s right to tell their choice of lifestyle, and that’s not right — ESPECIALLY if it’s a personal experience.

    Is it okay to dismiss other’s experience and thoughts on account that it doesn’t work for everyone? It’s like saying that fitness instructors and physical therapists — through their education and generalization of body mechanics and health — are “wrong” and “insensitive” just because what they deemed appropriate doesn’t work for everyone.

    Because of course it doesn’t: we all have different bodies. But that doesn’t mean that they’re wrong when they have experiences and facts to back it up.

    This article screams “coddling”.