Zoe Saldana just called out her Hollywood bosses for panicking about her pregnancy.

As much as anyone can be "it," Zoe Saldana is "it" right now.

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After all, we're talking about an actor who has played the main lady in some of the biggest movies of the last six years, including "Avatar," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Star Trek," and, most recently, the super badass real-life role in which she got married and her husband took her last name.

Yep. That happened. Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images.

It's hard to imagine any movie studio not wanting to work with this woman.

Except, according to Saldana, when she got pregnant, a lot of studios kinda sorta didn't.

But rather than accept that as the cost of doing business, Saldana spoke out about it in an interview with USA Today.

Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY:

"Let me tell you something, it will never be the right time for anybody in your life that you get pregnant," says Saldana, noting that last year, "the productions I was slated to work on sort of had a panic. I heard through the grapevine there was even a conversation of me being written off of one of the projects."

It takes guts to call out your bosses like that.

But that's exactly what she did. And with good reason.

It's pretty clear that many American companies haven't totally figured out what to do when their employees get pregnant yet.

Congrats, Sheila! And will you be helping train your replacement? Image via Thinkstock.

The United States is one of a very small group of countries that does not require employers to provide maternity leave.

And when employers do provide maternity leave, it's often unpaid.

Zoe Saldana's job is ... a little more glamorous than most. But that makes it all the more essential that she's using her platform to tell it like it is.

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And making sure that her bosses know that if they want to work with her, that means accommodating her right to be a parent at the same time.

Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY:

"Delays stalled production, and Saldana wasn't written out of any of her upcoming films. But her team fought to have child care included in her deals."

Clearly, Saldana is doing both career and family, and making Hollywood follow her lead.

More Americans should have the opportunity to do the same.

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