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Zoe Saldana recalls childhood

Zoe Saldana wasn't a tomboy or a girly girl growing up, just a kid who liked both dolls and toy guns.

The actress has secured her place as an A-lister thanks to roles in the likes of Avatar, Out of the Furnace and the Star Trek movies.

As well as being one of Hollywood's most sought after actresses, she is also a style star and regularly stuns on the red carpet in designer gowns. However Zoe says that indulging isn't what life's about.

"I always described myself as a tomboy but now I think I was just one more kid," Zoe told British newspaper Metro of her younger years. "I wasn't a girl, I wasn't a boy. I was just a kid. If I wanted to play with dolls, I would. If I wanted to be active, I was .

"My sisters and I were raised to be independent and sometimes it was hard to have friendships with women who just wanted to get pampered. We were more like: 'I know these dudes who are going to shoot some guns. Do you want to go?' So we'd get in the truck and we'd go."

The 36-year-old actress is currently pregnant, and it's rumoured she and husband Marco Perego are expecting twins.

She's also busy promoting new film Guardian's of the Galaxy, and says that sci-fi movies were a big part of her childhood.

"I grew up in the 1980s and there were certain films that played a very important role in my life - watching Ellen Ripley [in the Alien movies] or Sarah Connor [Terminator]. I thought that was so cool and then when I went to see a movie where the girl was a princess I was like, 'Nah, I want to be a bad-ass!'" she laughed.

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