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Saldana says family built her confidence

April 7, 2010 at 10:06 PM
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NEW YORK, April 7 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Zoe Saldana credits her family and life experiences with helping her develop a healthy self-confidence.

"At 31 years old, 100 percent of my 150 percent self-esteem comes from my upbringing. The other 50 percent comes from my life experiences," the "Avatar" and "Star Trek" star said in an interview for Siempre Mujer's April/May issue. "The only thing I've asked of life is to be happy. I know that if I'm rich or poor, I'm going to be happy. Because I know what it's like to be poor and happy when I had nothing, but I still felt like the richest woman in Babylon."

Asked if she has a masculine side, the big-screen action heroine admitted: "I have too much of one! ... It's that my sisters and I spent all our time amongst men. We were very popular with them. Our way of thinking is very masculine."

She added that she considers manicures, pedicures and skirt-wearing punishment.

"But if you dress me in jeans and a button-down blouse I feel very sexy, feminine and powerful," Saldana said. "It has to do with my personality. That's why I think I'm very attracted to men who are masculine but in tune with their feminine side. I've been with my partner for 10 years!"

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