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New Lt. Uhura Zoe Saldana: Don’t Ignore Me on the Set!

Zoe Saldana may be one cool lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, but woe to the honcho who won’t give her feedback while filming.

Interviewed on the Double Down Film Show, the Star Trek star – who reprises the Nyota Uhura role made famous by Nichelle Nichols in the original TV series – isn’t shy about expressing her dislike for disinterested directors.

“You feel really neglected and disregarded,” Zoe (above) tells us of not being given the attention she deserves.

“You feel really neglected and disregarded,” Zoe (above) tells us of being given the cold shoulder.

“As an actor, there’s no worse feeling than feeling completely useless, where you were just hired for your voice and your face and you’re just supposed to say these lines and that’s it,” she tells host Pete Chatmon.

“If [directors] want to have their story be told right, they need to trust the fact that they wrote characters that are very complete and everybody that walks into this is going to have a different point of view,” continues Zoe, who made a big-screen splash playing Anamaria opposite Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Carribean.

“I’m not saying that their point of view is going to be taken more into consideration, but it defin- itely needs to be considered. Period.

“That, and please voice how you feel. I can’t stand directors that you have to walk all the way over to them and ask them, ‘How was it?’ And they’re like, ‘Yea, it’s alright.’

CAPTION: But happy as Uhura.

But happy as Uhura.

“I’m sorry. Actors, we’re in a constant vulner- able state. We need a lot of encouragement from our coach, which is our director. We’re trusting the director – the leader of this org- anization.

“And when they’re sort of blasé about it – like, ‘Yea, it’s alright. I liked it’ – you just feel so, like, Why am I here?”

But Star Trek director JJ Abrams need not worry about Zoe’s wrath: She has only the kindest words for his on-set style.

To hear Zoe’s full interview, click here.

BlogTalkRadio Today: May 20, 2009

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What follows are some of the highlights of today’s BlogTalkRadio programming. All times are EDT:The Double Down Film Show welcomes

Star Trek star Zoe Saldana, who plays Lt. Uhura,shares advice on how to realize your dreams in the film industry tonight at 9:00 on the Double Down Film Show.

Embrace Autism Now welcomes John Elder Robison, author of New York Times Bestseller Look Me In The Eye, to share his life story and experiences with autism, this afternoon at 1:00.

This morning at 11:00. Baseball Digest Live welcomes Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher to talk about the ups and downs of his first year playing ball in New York.

BlogTalkRadio 101 invites hosts, new and veteran, to learn and share techniques for getting the most out of your BlogTalkRadio show. Don’t miss it, this afternoon at 1:00.

This afternoon at 3:00,  The Alan Levy Show welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Angwin, who chronicles the rise of MySpace.com in her critically acclaimed book, Stealing MySpace.

Talking Feather welcomes Paul VanDevelder to discuss his book, Savages and Scoundrels and the history between the American Government and The Native American community, this morning at 10:00.

Living By Design celebrates a year on BlogTalkRadio with Dr. Ian Smith, bestselling author of The 4-Day Diet, fun flashbacks, and special prize giveaways, this evening at 6:00.