On Hollywood and race: “I don’t want to spend my life thinking about all the impossibilities I face when I wake up in the morning. But the reality is, I’m a woman of color in America. That itself is enough for you to wake up and go, “Oh, f—!”
On plot details of Star Trek 3: “All I know is that the producers of Trek 3 called the producers of Avatar 2 to find out when Avatar will finish shooting.”
On the plots of Avatar 2, 3, and 4: "I wish I knew! I've been told by Jim [Cameron] that it'll be about an overall spiritual journey, but I don't have a script."
On almost quitting acting after Pirates of the Carribbean: “It was very elitist. I almost quit the business. I was 23 years old, and I was like, “F— this!” I am never putting myself in this situation again. People disrespecting me because they look at my number on a call sheet and they think I’m not important. F— you.”
On being mistaken for other actors: "I've gotten Kerry Washington and Jada Pinkett, too, but mainly Thandie Newton. People ask me if I'm offended that I'm confused with every other black actress out there. "Doesn't it bother you that people think you're all the same person?" No. Because one time I entered a restaurant and there were all these beautiful blond girls around a table, probably all from Orange County. It felt like it might have been a high school reunion or something. There were like 20 beautiful girls, but they were all the same. I couldn't tell any of them apart."