Learning to speak Spanish for kids
Pregnant Zoe Saldana told Cosmopolitan for Latinas that her kids with Marco Perego will grow up learning to speak Spanish Credit: Alexei Hay
Como se dice "Avatar" en espanol? has stayed mum so far on her pregnancy, but she's spoken before about wanting to have kids—and now she's opening up about how she wants those kids to be raised. Appearing on the cover of ' September issue, the Guardians of the Galaxy actress shared her plans to have a multilingual brood with husband Marco Perego, an Italian artist.
"Of course [our children] will speak the languages that we speak; my sisters and I grew up learning French and speaking English and Spanish, and because of that, we're able to understand Italian and Portuguese, " Saldana, 36, explained. "But I'm going to have to make a conscious effort to speak Spanish to my children, because I speak Spanglish."
The sci-fi star—who posed for the mag pre-pregnancy news in a variety of futuristic-looking frocks and settings—went on to talk with Cosmo about how important her Latina heritage is, not just to her identity, but also in her relationships.
"It's one of the biggest factors about me: the fire, the passion, the 'in your face' quality, " she told the mag. "I'm not going to say, 'Whatever you want, whatever you say.' I'll say, 'You know what I think? I feel this.'"
She likes men to do the same. "I don't want a man who worships me: Stay away from those, " the Avatar star said of what she finds attractive in a partner. "Worshipping doesn't count as really seeing me. I like men who work with women, are challenged by women, learn from women."
Having been engaged to businessman Keith Britton, and in an on-again, off-again relationship with, Saldana knew what she wanted when she fell in love with Perego last year. "At 35, you make better choices in men or partners, divorce people and situations that are not right for you, and learn to say 'no' with a smile, " she said.
You also learn to be comfortable in your own skin—which has benefits in the bedroom. "[The most essential quality for a good sex life is] to be uninhibited, " she shared. "I'm not talking about bringing in a third person or watching porn all night: That's what leads people to believe they are amazing in bed when they're the worst ever. Pornography is not sex education—it's the opposite! Don't allow insecurities to close you off. Be creative."