With Halloween fast approaching, virtually everyone is either getting their costumes together, or at least thinking about what they want to do. Everybody finds their inspiration in different ways, and the best part about it is that there are no wrong ways to approach it. Arguably, the most popular venue for inspiration is the movies- and there has been no shortage of great characters to emulate in the past few years.
There is one particular actress who I believe has made quite an entrance into the movies and made her mark on our hearts as some very iconic characters. Zoe Saldana has starred in some amazing movies that have blown all of our minds, and played characters that have supplied the nation with inspiration for some not only awesome costumes, but very recognizable ones as well. I think the fact that the great ones are science fiction makes her and her characters even better.
Neytiri – Avatar
In 2009, Saldana starred as Neytiri in the movie Avatar, and like, love, or hate the movie, everyone knows the look of the aliens that took that 3D screen by storm. With the right wig and makeup, this is a really hands on and fun costume idea. Though the movie isn’t incredibly recent, Zoe’s performance brought this character to life, and that image will be recognized for a long time to come. The best part about it though: it’s blue!
Lieutenant Uhura – Star Trek Into Darkness
In the same year, Zoe costarred in the new Star Trek movie, and followed it up in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness as Lieutenant Uhura in 2013. Another visually stunning movie in outer space, Zoe graced the USS Enterprise with her beauty and charisma. This costume idea has significantly less makeup involved and even though people will instantly understand the Star Trek reference they may not get Uhura right away, but if you can figure out her ear piece, you would nail it!
Gamora – Guardians of the Galaxy
The last on my list (but most certainly not the least, by any means) is Zoe’s most recent adventure in the 2014 Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy as the beautiful and deadly Gamora. Yet another outer space action thriller (I’m starting to pick up on a theme here), this is another costume idea that would greatly benefit from accessories, like boots, gloves, and even that awesome sword. Personally, I do think that if you are going to go for a costume like this, commit to it and do the full face paint. Think about it, how often do you get to make green look sexy?
Zoe Saldana has brought so much to the big screen, and because of the great work that she does she has inspired some fantastic costumes. The diversity between every one of her characters is perfect as well. Even though the persona work she does with every one of them is so unique, it can be boiled down to a more basic level: each one is a different color!
There are so many cool ideas out there and these are only 3 of a single actress’ roles that we took a look at. Remember, Halloween is about creativity, individuality, and just having fun. It doesn’t matter where you are getting your ideas from, because if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong. If you want to be one of your favorite super heroes, go for it. If you want to be a potato, knock yourself out. Even if you just want to be a specific character because you love the actress that played her, do it. After all, like they say, impersonation is the greatest form of flattery.