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Zoe Saldana mentally exhausted after Avatar
Zoe Saldana suffered a mental breakdown
following the record-breaking success of Avatar and struggled to
prepare for new action movie Colombiana because she "couldn't stop
The sexy star shot to superstardom in 2009
after featuring in James Cameron's sci-fi epic and she became one
of the most in demand actresses for action roles in
But Zoe Saldana admits the intense period
took its toll on her physically and emotionally, and she barely
made it through the year.
She tells Latina magazine, "The year after
Avatar was just emotionally overwhelming. I was traveling all over
the world, waking up in different time zones. Your body gets
exhausted, and by the end of the year I just collapsed."
Zoe Saldana refused to take time out of her
non-stop schedule and threw herself into her next project,
Colombiana, in which she plays a steely assassin - but it was only
when she found herself in floods of tears in the middle of Paris,
France, that she realized she needed to give her body a
She says, "I was sitting in my hotel room,
and I couldn't stop crying. I couldn't stay awake. I must have
slept for an entire month. It took me the rest of the year, even as
I was working and shooting Colombiana, to pick myself up. Thank God
my family was there."