Zoe Saldana, real-life action star, on ninja stars and lipstick

zoe-saldana-gq-september-628-02.jpg Zoe Saldana is quickly emerging as an action hero, or, as the latest GQ story calls her, "the a**-kickingest female star since Angelina Jolie." But, as she tells the mag, she's not all fight. "I was a feminine tomboy. I had my plastic swords, my ninja stars--but I still wore lipstick," she says.

Saldana stars as an assassin with a penchant for lollipops in the upcoming "Colombiana," and she says that after filming wrapped, she had some trouble ditching her character. Recently, she was out dancing when a fight broke out in the club.

"I knew exactly what I was going to do," she says. "Kick this door, grab this, move that guy out of the way. Then I started laughing: Oh, my God, I still have Cataleya in my system."

After this role, she's choosing quieter parts for a while, with less butt-kicking but just as much girl power. "It gets pretty boring when all you are is the support system for a male character," she says. "I want to be in the small percentage of women who don't settle for conventional roles."
Photo/Video credit: GQ