Zoe Saldana Reveals Hashimoto’s Disease Diagnosis, Honors Anton Yelchin at ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Premiere with Cast
Zoe Saldana is suffering from a condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
According to the actress, who joined walked the red carpet with husband Marco Perego at the world premiere of Star Trek Beyond on Wednesday (July 20, 2016), she is currently combating the autoimmune disease that is also affecting her mother and sister.
“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,” Saldana told Net-a-Porter’s The EDIT in its July 21, 2016, issue. “You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean.”
“I had a great time in my twenties. Then your doctor says you’re losing calcium in your bones. What the fuck is that?! I would hear those conversations with my mom and grandma, thinking I’d never get there,” she continued.
“But all of a sudden it hits you,” she added. “I shit you not, it’s from night to day.”
The day before her health reveal, Saldana appeared alongside Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and John Cho to pay tribute to costar Anton Yelchin, who passed away from “blunt traumatic asphyxia” earlier this year after his car had rolled back and pinned him against a gate. Wearing matching black Starfleet pins, the entire cast remembered their late friend and led a moment of silence at the premiere.
“There is something wrong tonight, and there is something missing tonight, and there is someone missing tonight: Anton Yelchin should be here. And his parents are here tonight, Irina and Victor. And we loved their son,” producer J.J. Abrams told the crowd.
“It’s a bittersweet moment for all of us. Losing a cast member, losing an amazing bright star as Anton Yelchin,” told People that night. “So knowing that I was very fortunate to know him as a person and to know how special he was, and how much he loved what he did and Star Trek makes me feel that, it’s so good that we honor friendship.”
Abrams recently revealed that Yelchin’s role of Pavel Chekov would not be recast in the rebooted franchise.