Zoe Saldana may have cemented her place in Hollywood with roles in both Guardians of the Galaxy with Chris Pratt AND the new Star Trek movies with Chris Pine, but that’s not why folks are talking about her this time around. This week, Saldana revealed that she suffers from an autoimmune disease — and there has been quite the reaction to the fact that she’s made her diagnosis public. People were quick to create a buzz around the subject. While fans are grateful that Zoe has brought attention to something others also suffer from, foes seem to feel that she’s making a big deal out of something sorta common, possibly for publicity’s sake.
The 38-year-old mother of two decided that now was the time to let the world in on the fact that she’s been dealing with the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. An issue that both her mother and sister have also dealt with, Zoe explained to The EDIT, “Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed.” Ouch.
Zoe manages the disease by now eating a gluten- and dairy-free diet. “You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean.”
Others, though, are not feeling the sympathetic vibe. At all. Noting that this revelation coincides with her new movie, Star Trek Beyond, there are plenty who feel that she’s just playing it up for extra press.
Whatever Zoe’s motivation, perhaps it’s best to look at the brighter side in this health-related sitch: that sufferers of this silent illness are getting the visibility they deserve.
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(h/t NY Daily News; photos via Jason Merritt/Getty)