Guess Who? is a modern version of the controversial 1967 film Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. Have you ever brought somebody home who shocked your parents?
Oh my God, yeah. I’ve brought some weirdos home. It got to the point where they’d just ignore me. I’d be like, “Mom, this is so-and-so,”and she wouldn’t even react. For starters, I’m very multicultural when it comes to race. I’ve had everything in my home, so at this point I guess with my mom it’s just whether they have track marks on their arm or not, or if they’re missing any teeth. Even then, toothless, they still might be welcome, it’s a matter of how they came to it; if it were a birth defect I think that’d be okay. My parents would deal with it.
I’ve run around naked in the East Village. I don’t even remember doing it. It wasn't that long ago, either.
So would Ashton be your type?
I don’t know. I never thought about it that way. He would definitely be the kind of guy I’d call and go out with with a whole bunch of people. He has really good energy. I make friends with most people I’m in movies with.
How many of these people have you met out for a drink, post-filming? You’ve worked with Bernie Mac, Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nelly and Sisqó.
I don’t think any of these people live in New York, but some of them call me when they’re in town, absolutely. Tom and I have lunch all the time. Jerry sends for me in his private jet, but I’d just as soon fly coach. Spielberg, I golf with him in Texas. For real, though, I definitely keep in touch with a lot of them, especially because we have friends in common.
Early on in your career you were stuck doing bad movies. Now it seems like you’re mostly in these massive star-studded blockbusters. What was that transition like?
I’ve grown so much. I’m not a hypocrite. Those were all choices I’ve made. And once I agree to do them, once I say “yes,” I don’t ever regret what I do, so I don’t really see any one as being better than another.
But surely there’s a difference between acting across from Sisqó and Tom Hanks.
I don’t know, it was just as amazing doing Crossroads as it was working with Spielberg. I’m sorry, I tend to be defensive about that because I get so many shitters. People go, “Aren’t you happy you did Terminal and not another Crossroads?” And I just want to go, Yeah, but go fuck yourself.
Currently you’re working on a movie called Dirty Deeds. What can you tell us about that?
It’s about this high school tradition in this small town where you have to complete a list of dirty deeds before homecoming. I’m not going to give away the good ones, but some of the simpler ones are “drink a beer in front of a cop” or “steal your mom’s underwear.”
So what’s the dirtiest deed you’ve done in real life?
I’ve run around naked in the East Village. I don’t even remember doing it. Maybe I purposely blocked it out of my mind. Me and a group of friends were getting a little dare happy, and after we’d done every single possible challenge we could think of we decided to take off all of our clothes in the middle of November and run around the block. It wasn’t that long ago, either. I think I was 20.
Thank God the Paparazzi hadn't taken interest in you yet. Can you imagine?
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