Zoë Saldana: How Spock’s Romance and Bromance Size Up in ‘Star Trek’

Kirk and Spock — it may be the most beloved bromance in science fiction history.

The iconic intergalactic pair has brought back to life in J.J. Abrams reboot of the Star Trek franchise, with Chris Pine taking the captain’s chair as James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto stepping into the shoes of his Star Fleet sidekick, Mister Spock.

In the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, Kirk faces some competition as the apple of Spock’s eye — in Uhura, the easy-on-the-eyes U.S.S. Enterprise communications officer played by the beautiful Zoë Saldana.

“Mine is a romance, theirs is a bromance. Isn’t that funny?” Saldana told to Celebuzz’s Cory Lopez of the on-screen “love” triangle. But at the root, the two relationships are quite similar, as both Kirk and Uhura are helping Spock find a balance in his half-human, half-Vulcan heritage.

“We’re having parallel dilemmas. With Kirk and Spock, it’s about, why don’t you trust your gut every now and then instead of always trying to do what’s right, dictated by a manual or something?” Saldana explained. “You’re disregarding the heart and your gut, and your instinct can sometimes be right over your rationale.”

“And Uhura…is trying to encourage Spock to be more in touch with his feelings,” she continued. “I strongly feel that Uhura has tapped into Spock’s struggle with accepting his human side, thinking that he will be weaker if he does so. I like the fact that J.J. [Abrams]…wanted to sort of dive into that and sort of showcase it and find out if Uhura could be a form of inspiration for Spock’s encouragement to embrace it finally.”

Stick with Celebuzz this week to see more coverage of Star Trek Into Darkness, including interviews with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Alive Eve and much more.