Zoe Saldana talks new film, ‘Avatar: The Way of the Water’

Saldana talks returning to the franchise and the highly anticipated sequel, which is set to be one of the biggest movies of the year.
5:13 | 11/28/22

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Transcript for Zoe Saldana talks new film, ‘Avatar: The Way of the Water’
>>> NOW TO HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AVATAR SEQUEL 13 YEARS IN THE MAKING, FANS AROUND THE WORLD ARE COUNTING DOWN TO AVATAR THE WAY OF WATER, SET TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOVIES OF THE YEAR AND JOINING US NOW IS ACTRESS ZOE SALDANA, GREAT TO HAVE YOU ON "GMA." HOW DID I DO WITH YOUR LAST NAME. >> YOU DID FANTASTIC. IT'S EITHER ZOE SALDANA OR ZOE SALDANA, I'M A CROSS PREED, I'M A FIRST GENERATION BUT I WAS BORN AND RAISED HERE IN AMERICA, HOWEVER TPEOPLE PRONOUNCE IT. >> WE APPRECIATE THAT. WE'RE ASKING FOR CLARIFICATION BECAUSE THERE WAS A BIG DEBATE GOING ON THIS MORNING. YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE YET BUT YOU'RE SEEING IT TONIGHT. >> I KNOW, I'M SO EXCITED. I'M EMOTIONAL, I'M ALL OVER THE PLACE, IT'S BEEN SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN IN THE MAKING FOR 123 YEARS SINCE WE RELEASED THE FIRST MOVIE THROUGHOUT THAT TIME WE ALWAYS REACH OUT TO JIM OR JIM WOULD REACH OUT TO US IN TERMS OF WRITING IT, COMPLETING IT AND FINALLY GETTING READY TO GO INTO PRE-PRODUCTION, TO TIMELY TO BE HERE WAS A DREAM COME TRUE. I WAS IN IT. >> YOU WERE IN IT, HOW LONG AGO DID YOU WRAP SHOOTING IT? >> 2018. >> YOU'VE BEEN WAITING THAT LONG TO SEE THIS MOVIE SF. >> I HAVE THREE LITTLE BOYS, EVERY NOW AND THEN, HEY, JIMBO, HOW ARE YOU DOING? HOW'S THE SHOOT IN NEW ZEALAND. >> JIMBO, I LIKE THAT. >> YOU'RE THE ONLY ACTOR WHO HAS HAD THREE MOVIES THAT HAVE MADE $2 BILLION OR MORE. THAT'S INCREDIBLE. ACCORDING TO JIMBO, I THINK IS WHAT WE CALL HIM NOW, HE SAID THIS ONE NEEDS TO DO THE SAME, WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE THOSE KIND OF EXPECTATIONS BECAUSE THE FIRST ONE IS THE BIGGEST OF ALL TIME. >> I'LL LET THE LEADERS HAVE THOSE EXPECTATIONS I RELY ON HOPE. IT WAS SPECIAL TO ME TO BE A PART OF IT AND TO HAVE WORKED WITH THE PEOPLE THAT I'VE WORKED, TO BE AGEING WITH THEM AND GROWING WITH THEM IN THIS INDUSTRY THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT IT OPENED FOR ME, BUT ALSO THE CONVERSATION THAT IT STARTED EVEN FOR SOMEBODY LIKE ME ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, UP UNTIL AVATAR, THE VERY FIRST AVATAR I HADN'T HAD THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF OF BEING AWARE OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND WHAT WE COULD DO. FOR THE PLANET. AVATAR WAS A FIRST IN SO MANY WAYS FOR ME. THIS STORY IS SPECIAL ONCE AGAIN, IT'S ABOUT WATER AND OBVIOUSLY IT'S CALLED THE WAY OF WATER, ONE THING ABOUT JIM HE'S ALWAYS HAD THIS AFFINITY WITH THE OCEAN. WE DON'T KNOW 80% OF THIS WORLD THAT PANDORA IS, IF IT'S AN INSPIRATION OF OUR PLANET EARTH IT'S A LOT MORE TO DISCOVER. >> SOME OF THAT WATER, WE HEARD YOU WERE DOING A LOT OF FILM 30G FEET UNDER WATER AND I UNDERSTAND YOU WORKED WITH BREATH-HOLDING SPECIALIST AND YOU CAN HOLD YOUR BREATH FOR FIVE MINUTES. >> IN 2017 WHEN WE WERE REHEARSING. I CAN'T HOLD MY BREATH, I'VE BEEN ABLE TO RETAIN THAT INFORMATION AND PRACTICE THOSE TOOLS AND TEACH MY SONS WHILE THEY'RE LEARNING TO BE FLUID IN THE WATER, BUT IT WAS AMAZING IN THEORY AS WE WERE ALL GOING THROUGH IT WE WERE LOSING OUR MINDS ABOUT WHAT THIS WAS GOING TO BE. AND JIM, IF THERE'S ONE THING, JIM WILL PRESENT THE CHALLENGE BUT HE PRESENTS THE RESOURCES AS WELL. AND WITHIN FIVE MONTHS OF YOU TAKING THIS TRAINING YOU SEE A SIDE OF YOURSELF. >> IT'S SCARY. EVERY DAY WE WOULD WORK ON SET AND LOOK AT THE TANK, I'M GOING TO BE ALL OF THE WAY DOWN THERE. "PRACTICE YOUR BREATHING, ZOE, CALIBRATE." I'M LIKE, OKAY. >> LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT YOU IN ACTION. >> HE'S TARGETING OUR FAMILY. >> YOU CAN'T ASK THIS, THE CHILDREN EVERYTHING THEY'VE KNOWN, THE FOREST, THIS IS OUR HOME. >> THE CHILDREN HE HAD THEM UNDER HIS KNIFE. >> MY FATHER GAVE ME THIS BOW AS HE LAY DYING AND HE SAID PROTECT THE PEOPLE. >> THAT KID KNOWS EVERYTHING. HE KNOWS THE WHOLE OPERATION. >> WOW, TO THINK YOU GET TO WATCH THE WHOLE THING LATER TODAY. Z ZOE SALDANA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. IT'S A

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