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Hollywood Should Provide Childcare For Actress Moms, Says Zoe Saldana

Actress Zoe Saldana (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
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Being a working mom can be tough—even if you're a Hollywood actress.Actress Zoe Saldana says she heard she almost lost a role because she was pregnant with her twin boys last year. "I was like, 'Oh, my God, are you kidding me? It's this bad?' Right when I just feel super-duper happy, is that inconvenient for you?" she told USA Today. "That me, as a woman in my thirties, I finally am in love and I am finally starting my life? And it's (screwing) your schedule up? Really?" Her sons were born in November.

"Let me tell you something, it will never be the right time for anybody in your life that you get pregnant."

Saldana ultimately didn't lose any roles, but after the birth of her sons she's now made sure to get childcare covered by the studios. Although most working parents in America don't have access to childcare provided by their workplace, Saldana says it's only fair given what perks studios typically give to male stars, which can include "a really phat penthouse," private jets, and a huge entourage of assistants and bodyguards.

She says studios "spend more money sometimes 'perking' up male superstars in a movie," but will balk when a woman says she wants a nanny paid for. "They go, 'Nope, we don't pay for nannies.'"

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As for Saldana's next film, the third Star Trek movie, Saldana's representative says the child care "issue had been resolved prior" to when Saldana spoke with USA Today. "With any production, there is always a negotiating process."

Saldana says she's glad to have her husband, fellow working parent and artist Marco Perego, on her side. "It helps when you're doing it with your companion," she said. "If I know Marco is trying to balance it as well, then I feel like I'm not alone."