According to her new interview in Latina magazine, Zoe Saldana suffered a breakdown following her star turn in Avatar, and not because of all the weird braid/tentacle business she had to deal with on-screen. “The year after Avatar was just emotionally overwhelming. I was traveling all over the world, waking up in different time zones,” the actress reveals. “Your body gets exhausted, and by the end of the year I just collapsed.” Unfortunately, while the rest of us can just watch Fright Night Lights and weep on the couch in private, Saldana had to get right back up and film the upcoming action movie Colombiana. “I was sitting in my hotel room, and I couldn’t stop crying,” she says of her training for the film. “I couldn’t stay awake. I must have slept for an entire month. It took me the rest of the year, even as I was working and shooting Colombiana, to pick myself up. Thank God my family was there.”
Now Saldana says she lives a much slower-paced life, explaining, “I don’t shower if I don’t want to. I don’t answer e-mails. It’s a healthy way of being selfish. You know you’re old when gardening, the Food Network and voice notes from your nieces and nephews blow your mind.” We feel her. It took us a long time to learn that a world filled with CGI cat people isn’t everything.