CelebrityParents Zoë Saldana Shares How Having Kids Helps to Keep Her 'Out of Trouble' with Aging The actress and husband Marco Perego are parents to twin sons Bowie and Cy, 7, and son Zen, 5ByGeorgia SlaterGeorgia SlaterTwitterGeorgia Slater is a writer/reporter on the Parents team at PEOPLE. She began at the brand in 2018 as an editorial intern and later returned as an intern on the Food team. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland in 2019, Georgia worked as an entertainment intern at USA Today before coming back to PEOPLE as a digital news writer. In April 2021, she began her role as a Parents writer/reporter.People Editorial GuidelinesandBreanne L. HeldmanBreanne L. HeldmanInstagramTwitterBreanne L. Heldman is the Senior Editor of TV for PEOPLE. In this role, she oversees all television coverage — and coverage of TV stars — across print and digital. Heldman joined PEOPLE in April 2018 after two years as Senior Editor at Entertainment Weekly. Prior to that, she held editorial positions at Yahoo Entertainment, MTV, E!, and the New York Daily News. The Boston University alum and Cincinnati native frequently appears as an entertainment expert on programs such as Good Morning America, Access Hollywood and the People Every Day podcast and has moderated panels at Lincoln Center, 92Y, New York Comic Con and more.People Editorial GuidelinesPublished on September 22, 2022 05:14 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Steve Granitz/FilmMagicZoē Saldana is sharing her best anti-aging secret. Speaking to PEOPLE about her upcoming role in the Reese Witherspoon-produced Netflix series From Scratch, the mom of three attributes having kids to help keep her youthful. After noting that Saldana looks nearly the same in From Scratch as she did two decades ago in her film Center Stage, the actress teases, "It's like Benjamin Button, I'll take that as a compliment." "I think having children keeps me out of trouble a lot," she continues. "I go to bed early. I eat better. I sleep longer sometimes. I'm back to sleeping." "I was having a lot of problems with my sleep. Whereas right before I had them, I was very much of the policy of work hard, play hard," she explains. "And I loved my life like that. But I feel like having children happened at the right time for me because in your mid-thirties to late thirties, early forties, that's when you go to bed thinking that you're one thing, and you wake up feeling like something else." "And I started having kids during that time. So that saved me from a lot," she adds. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up to date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.Zoë Saldana Is 'Staying Absolutely Still' in Preparation for the Return of 'Avatar' After 13 Years Saldana and husband Marco Perego are parents to twin boys Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio, 7, plus their 5-year-old little brother Zen Anton Hilario. The Avatar actress, 44, chatted with PEOPLE back in 2020 about being a mom to all three boys. "The third one was supposed to be [a daughter] and then my husband just doesn't give any girls," Saldana joked. "I would have been great as a mother of daughters, but the universe, in its irony, and how I became a mom of three boys in the post-#MeToo movement [means] I'm accepting the challenge." Saldana said she was "having such a wonderful time" as a mom of sons, "because that means I get to witness and really nurture a young boy before he turns into a man, and I think that that's the task for us mothers, as well." Teaching her sons not to conform to gender stereotypes, theactress said it has "been a treat because allowing your boys to be vulnerable and sensible and not just allowing them to fight physically because, 'Oh, boys will be boys' — those kinds of terms just don't exist in our home." "'Daddy's little girl' and 'Mama's boys,' we don't have that," Saldana added at the time. "My husband is the father and I'm the mother, but we are [both active] participants in the upbringing of [our kids] and that's really important." From Scratch premiered Oct. 21 on Netflix.