Sure, science fiction and the other bastions of nerd culture may be all the rage these days, making them easy jobs to consider. But Zoe Saldana doesn't do it for the money: she does it for the ladies.
Because in her experience, no one is writing better parts for women than people writing movies taking place in outerspace.
In an interview with Badass Digest, Saldana stated "I like being in space because there are better parts for women in space. I don't have to subject myself to just being the love interest or playing a character that doesn't feel relevant to the story or playing a woman that doesn't feel like an actual depiction of a real woman."
It comes from, Saldana posits, the way these directors and writers approach writing women as — gasp of all gasps — actual people rather than ladies in service to the dudes. "When I read films in space and I'm working with these kinds of filmmakers there's a neutral sense to the way they develop characters. It makes me feel very significant, very relevant and very excited."
So next time your friends give you crap for wanting to see a sci-fi film, just remind them that in doing so you're essentially supporting the betterment of women's roles in movies. And good on you for that!