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Zoe Saldana and Julia Stiles shoplifted as youngsters

Published 20/07/2016

Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana felt so guilty shoplifting that she went back to the store, while Julia Stiles never made it out of the shop.

Zoe Saldana and Julia Stiles both attempted to steal from stores when they were younger.

The Star Trek Beyond actress appeared alongside Jason Bourne star Julia on U.S. program The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday night (19Jul16), where they shared their experiences of growing up in New York City.

Zoe told James that being young in such a big, tough city forced her to become street smart and grow up "really fast", so she was only seven when she shoplifted, although after she committed the crime, she felt so guilty she went back to return it.

"I stole a packet of erasers and I ran for my life," she recalled. "I felt so bad I thought I was going to die so I went back to the grocery store, I wait in line and I returned it and I'm thinking she was going to say thank you and she just went, 'Alright move, move, move, you're holding up the line.'"

When Zoe revealed she used to discuss shoplifting with her pals at that young age, Julia also confessed she too had tried to steal but she was caught red-handed before making her get away.

"I stole a compact mirror from a Path Mark... like a drug store," Julia added. "I remember I couldn't stop moving, I snuck it up my sleeve and I couldn't stop walking around the aisles as I did it so of course I got caught by an older lady who grabbed my wrist and took me to the register and tattled on me and I was sobbing, crying. Luckily, they didn't call my parents but I guess my parents know now."

Ghostbusters director Paul Feig shared the couch with them on the show and also had a shoplifting story - he once stole candy bars from a 7-Eleven convenience store with a friend, but they were caught on a separate occasion when his pal tried to take toy cars. Shop staff called Paul's parents and he was scolded by his dad, who also owns a store.

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