Zoe Saldana is still reeling from the sudden death of her Star Trek costar Anton Yelchin as their third and final installment together hits theaters.
“It’s not that it’s hard. It’s almost impossible,” the actress said Monday on EW Morning Live of trying to come to terms with the tragedy. “You are still, I think, in a state of shock. It hasn’t been a month since his passing. We’re here today promoting the movie because of him. He deserves it. He loved what he did. He was an amazing artist and loved acting, loved Star Trek.”
Yelchin, who played Chekov in the sci-fi reboot, died in June after a freak accident in which his parked car slid down his driveway and pinned him against a pillar. He was 27.
Star Trek Beyond premieres Friday, and the studio has reportedly greenlit a fourth film.
“That’s the way that I can feel that he’s still with us, by me helping for Anton to sort of be immortalized through his work, because he was very proud of everything he left on the silver screen,” said Saldana, 38.
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