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Zoe Saldana

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Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario ( ; born June 19, 1978), known as Zoë Saldana or Zoe Saldana, is an American actress. She had her breakthrough roles in the 2000 film Center Stage and the 2002 film Crossroads. She later gained prominence for her roles as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the young Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek, and Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar and its upcoming sequels.

Early life

Saldana was born Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario in Passaic, New Jersey. Her late father, Aridio Saldana, was Dominican, and her mother, Asalia Nazario, is Puerto Rican. She has often spoken of her pride in being from a Latin culture. Her first languages are Spanish and English. She spent the majority of her early childhood growing up in Queens, New York. Her father died in a car accident when she was nine years old, and Saldaña and her mother subsequently moved to the Dominican Republic. There, Saldaña discovered her love of dance and soon enrolled in the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy; she studied ballet, jazz, and modern Latin dance. The family returned to Queens after her sophomore year in high school.

In 1995, she began performing with the FACES theater group in Brooklyn, which put on plays geared toward providing positive messages for teens, via themes dealing with issues such as substance abuse and adolescent sexuality. Concurrently, she performed with the New York Youth Theater; her appearance in their production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat led a talent agency to recruit her. Her previous dance training, and her acting experience, helped her land her first film role, playing Eva, the talented and headstrong ballet dancer in the 2000 film Center Stage.


Saldana was still a member of FACES when she gained exposure in an episode of Law & Order (titled "Merger") which first aired in 1999. Saldana's first film role was in Center Stage (2000), directed by Nicholas Hytner, about a group of young dancers from various backgrounds who enroll at the fictitious American Ballet Academy in New York City. She left school after Center Stage, subsequently appearing in the Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads (2002) and the comedy-drama Drumline (2002). She played Anamaria, a female pirate who signs up to join Will Turner and Mr Gibbs for a chance to confront Jack Sparrow for stealing her ship in the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Saldana appeared in three films in 2004, including The Terminal, Haven and Temptation. In 2005 Saldana appeared in Constellation, Guess Who with Ashton Kutcher and Dirty Deeds, and in 2006 featured in Premium.

Among other roles, Saldana played Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek. In 2009, she played Neytiri, the Na'vi chief's daughter, in James Cameron's Avatar, a role that raised her profile.

In 2010, Saldana starred in The Losers in which she played Aisha al-Fadhil, for which she was required to gain weight, as she was expected to carry weapons around for eight hours a day. Saldana also appeared in Takers, Death at a Funeral and Burning Palms. In August 2010, her television ad for Calvin Klein's "Envy" line debuted. In 2011, Saldana starred in the romantic comedy The Heart Specialist, and she also starred in the crime drama movie Colombiana as Cataleya Restrepo, a professional assassin. In 2012, she starred in the drama film The Words.

Saldana reprised her role in Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to the 2009 reboot. It was released in May, 2013. In April 2013, Saldana entered negotiations to star as Gamora in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy. She later confirmed her part in the film. It is speculated that Saldana will reprise the role of Neytiri in Avatar 2 in 2015.

Personal life

In June 2010, Saldana became engaged to her long-time boyfriend Keith Britton, an actor and CEO of My Fashion Database. In November 2011, Saldana and Britton announced that they had ended their relationship after 11 years together. Saldana subsequently had an on-again, off-again relationship with actor Bradley Cooper from 2011 to late 2012. Saldana married Italian artist Marco Perego in June 2013 in London.

Saldana is a celebrity supporter of FINCA International, a microfinance organization.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Center Stage Eva Rodriguez
2001 Get Over It Maggie
2001 Snipes Cheryl
2002 Crossroads Kit
2002 Drumline Laila
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Anamaria
2004 ' Dolores Torres
2004 Haven Andrea
2004 Temptation Annie
2005 Constellation Rosa Boxer
2005 Guess Who Theresa Jones
2005 Dirty Deeds Rachel Buff
2005 ' Flor
2006 Premium Charli
2006 ' Donna
2007 After Sex Kat
2007 Blackout Claudine
2008 Vantage Point Angie Jones
2009 Star Trek Nyota Uhura
2009 ' Cassie
2009 Avatar Neytiri
2010 ' Aisha
2010 Takers Lily Jansen
2010 Death at a Funeral Elaine
2010 Burning Palms Sara Cotton
2011 Colombiana Cataleya Restrepo
2012 ' Dora Jansen
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Nyota Uhura
2013 Blood Ties Vanessa
2013 Machete Kills Liza Post-production
2013 Out of the Furnace Lena Warren Post-production
2013 Nina Nina Simone Post-production
2014 Infinitely Polar Bear Post-production
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Gamora Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Law & Order Uncredited Episode: "Refuge, Part 2"
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gabrielle Vega Episode: "Criminal"
2006"2007 Six Degrees Regina 5 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Star Trek Nyota Uhura Voice and likeness

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2003 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Nick Cannon) Drumline
2005 Black Movie Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Guess Who
Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Performance " Female
2006 Black Reel Awards Best Actress
2009 ALMA Awards Actress in Film Star Trek
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress " Action/Adventure
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble
People's Choice Award Favorite Breakout Movie Actress
Scream Award Best Science Fiction Actress
Breakout Performance " Female
Best Ensemble
2010 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Actress Avatar
BET Awards Best Actress
Black Reel Awards Best Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Star Trek
Empire Awards Best Actress Avatar
Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Kids' Choice Awards Cutest Couple (with Sam Worthington)
Favorite Movie Actress
MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance
Best Kiss (with Sam Worthington)
Scream Award Best Science Fiction Actress
Saturn Award Best Actress
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress " Sci-Fi
Choice Movie Actress " Action/Adventure The Losers
Choice Movie Actress " Comedy Death at a Funeral
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture Avatar
2011 ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actress " Drama/Adventure Takers
BET Awards Best Actress The Losers
Death at a Funeral
Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture The Losers
SFX Awards Best Actress Avatar
2012 BET Awards Best Actress Colombiana
Black Reel Awards Best Actress
Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress " Action
ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actress Drama/Aventure

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