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Meredith Lepore
July 31, 2018
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Zoe Saldana is a busy lady and she is proud of it. In addition to starring in such huge films as "Avatar," "Guardians of the Galaxy," and this summer’s blockbuster to end all blockbusters, "Avengers: Infinity War," the actress also has her own new production company, BeSe, to help bring greater diversity to Hollywood and focus on highlighting the stories of Latin Americans.

It will target millennial and Gen-Z audiences and will produce content across social and digital platforms. That is why Saldana recently partnered with American Express to help launch their American Express Cash Magnet Card, which targets young entrepreneurs and business-minded customers.

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It’s surprising she found time for this with all her work and as a busy mom of three boys under 4 years old [Saldana has three sons, Bowie Ezio, Zen Anton Hilario, and Cy Aridio with husband Marco Perego] but if anyone can do it, it is Saldana.

She is also an avid traveler, and she spoke with Travel + Leisure about how she travels and her plans to make her sons travel lovers as well.

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Travel + Leisure: What do you love about travel?

Zoe Saldana: "I love experiencing different cultures. I love travel shows. Anthony Bourdain was like my go-to binge. I am going to miss him a great deal, but I'm going to keep him alive by watching his shows."

Are you a good packer?

"No, I still have to find a way to beat that. I'm an overpacker and it turns into a strenuous situation. I pack my boys really, really well and my husband is a fantastic packer."

What is your favorite hotel?

"There are so many and we love traveling with our family so we tend to rent out homes now. That becomes a really happy thing for us. Whenever it is just my husband and my kids we go to boutique hotels.

In New York it is always The Carlyle. And in L.A., even though we live there, we love to go to the Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel."

 Do you have any great plane hacks?

"If I'm traveling with the boys I am not calm and I don't like when they stay long periods of time watching TV so we have to fill their little backpacks with activities, but when it is just my husband and I we are such awesome fliers. We love watching our movies and talking and I love having a glass of wine.

I don't necessarily like plane food so I always try to eat before, but actually the food on Asian airlines is amazing. I haven't experienced that as much with other airlines, but in no way am I slighting any American airlines because the experience on a flight is not just food. It's having friendly flight attendants that are super hospitable and conversational and allowing you the freedom that you need to have and that I have experienced."

 What is the next trip you want to take?

"Asia. Our twins are 3 years old and we're just waiting for our little one to turn 2. I love Asia, I love traveling to Japan. I have Japanese family so when we do go there we tend to visit with them and it's pretty fun. I want our kids to go there and experience that part of the world so that would be our next go-to and then next is Africa and then the Caribbean."

 Do you have a go-to plane uniform?

"I'm not a leggings person and I don't like traveling in sweatpants. I don't need to be all decked out in style, but I like looking chic and being comfortable. It's really important. It sets a really beautiful tone. You look presentable to others and you feel amazing and I appreciate when others are presentable to me. My husband and I are all about that."

Why did you want to partner with American Express on the American Express Cash Magnet Card?

"As an entrepreneur, full-time mom and business woman that's a little bit of a workaholic, I really like adding a voice and strength to financial engagement, events, and brands. I want to encourage our younger generation to be very invested in their finances and those decisions like when is the right time to have a credit card and what credit cards are feasible to you and the rewards that they provide for you.

American Express has been an amazing brand that symbolizes a great lifestyle of work hard, play hard, and reward yourself. I love that they're a card for the young entrepreneur all about pursue your own dreams and be your own boss."

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