A sizzling Zoe Saldana covers the August issue of Fashion magazine and opens up about her new role as Nina Simone, future films in productions, and her most top secret project to date — her marriage to artist Marco Perego.

Preferring to keep her private life private, not much is known about her marriage to Perego, but in the few details that she gives away to the mag, Saldana gives the impression that their connection lies in their artistic natures. “When you are desired and you desire, so many things in your life start to make sense,” she tells Fashion. “We both feel we are artists in our core. One moment you’re up; the next moment you’re down. It all depends. You can sell a collection; you might not sell the next collection. It’s like an actor – you get cast or you don’t.”

Zoe Saldana

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These days, there aren’t many roles that the actress is overlooked for but in her next role, as Nina Simone in the highly-anticipated Nina biopic, fans of the singer questioned her casting. Saldana addressed the controversy with the magazine, saying, “I handled the role with the same love, the same respect and the same pride that any other black person would, because I am a black woman, a proud Latino black woman, and nobody’s going to take that right from me.”

For the complete interview, pick up Fashion‘s August issue when it hits newsstands July 14.

In the meantime, check out these behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot.

Zoe Saldana

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Zoe Saldana

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