Zoe Saldana graces the Hong Kong edition of Prestige Magazine, wearing one of the stunning Elie Saab Spring 2011 Couture gowns I had hoped to see during Cannes Film Festival.

The rest of the photoshoot, which was captured by John Russo, sees the actress wearing Burberry Prorsum and Versace.

In her interview she talks about her upcoming movie “Columbiana” which is a movie about an assassin hellbent on avenging the murder if her parents when she was a child, and taking on directing roles.

Here are some extracts.

On why she decided to work on Columbiana: The opportunity to work with [producer/screenwriter] Luc Besson, another filmmaker I completely respect, and who’s known for writing great roles for women. And I was excited about working with an international cast and crew. And even though it’s a typical story of revenge, it’s a story told through the eyes of a woman who was hurt when she was a little girl and who grows up wanting justice for what was done to her. I felt touched by that.

On filming in Paris: If I could do a movie in Paris every year, I’d be the happiest camper. It’s such a beautiful city, especially in the summer.

On what she looks for in a movie role: In the past I’ve played supporting roles, the love interest, the chick in the flick. I’m not degrading that. But it just doesn’t fulfil me as much as when I get to play someone who represents me as entirely as can be.

On taking on directing roles: I’m working with my sister directing episodes for a pilot with Vin Diesel called The Ropes, about the lives of bouncers. We’re so psyched. I had the most amazing first day of shooting. I was on the set for 12 hours, went to bed at two am, was up again at 7.30, my energy and brain completely alert. I can’t wait to get back on set. After one day on set, I’m feeling the itch. I’m also directing a video short for Glamour magazine. And I’m in talks to possibly direct a film in Montreal, but I don’t want to say too much about that until it actually happens. Anything can change in this business.

Credit: Style.com & John Russo