Actress Zoe Saldana walked the blue carpet in Tokyo, Japan, on April 10, as she and her Guardians of the Galaxy 2 co-stars premiered the upcoming film in front of hundreds of excited fans. Flanked by Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and the director of the film, James Gunn, Zoe was glittering in an elegant black pantsuit crafted by Loewe — but it was her excitement for the new film that made her a big hit with the crowd.
Returning for the sequel to the hugely popular original Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe was happy to elaborate on one key difference in the character line-up — more female representation — and said having a vehicle like Guardians for women to take part in was pretty special.
"You feel 'lucky' as a woman to at least be allowed to play amongst the guys, but then you realise it's a very lonely place to be in because, as a woman, I'm really more interested to play with girls," she said of working in Hollywood. "So this time around, working with Karen [Gillan] and working with Pom [Klementieff] was a true gift."
Karen's character Nebula is the somewhat mysterious sister of Zoe's character, Gamora — and Zoe says their increased sibling rivalry in the new film means we get to know them a lot better this time around. "Our stories are much more developed so you're going to get a true glimpse into their relationship as sisters and why there's so much friction there," she explains.
As for relative newcomer Pom's role as Mantis? "I think that Pom's character is hilarious," Zoe says. "She adds this comic relief and sincerity to the Guardians that's going to just add another layer to make it really interesting for the next [film], if we ever do do a next one."
Scroll to see Zoe at the Tokyo premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on Monday night!