How Zoe Saldana Is Teaching Her Sons to Shoot Down Gender Stereotypes: They're a 'Blank Canvas'

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How Zoe Saldana Is Teaching Her Sons to Shoot Down Gender Stereotypes: They're a 'Blank Canvas'
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Zoe Saldana is opening up about being a mom of three boys — and how she’s teaching them to combat gender stereotypes.

The 40-year-old actress voices the indomitable and independent Adelina Fortnight, an explorer who accompanies Hugh Jackman‘s Sir Lionel Frost and Zach Galifianakis‘ Mr. Link to find Link’s long-lost relatives, in Missing Link. She also stars alongside Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry in the stop-motion film by Laika.

The movie has a poignant storyline where Mr. Link opts to name himself “Susan,” which is something Saldana loves about the film — and views as a learning opportunity for her 2-year-old son Zen and his twin big brothers Bowie Ezio and Cy Aridio, 4.

“Our twins are 4 and the little one is 2, so he’s not really thinking about that, but our twins … were curious about the Trojans and the Trojan War and things like that,” Saldana tells PEOPLE in an exclusive chat. “And we’re expanding on this and we looked up things online — it’s only males, you know?”

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