Zoe Saldana is a professionally trained dancer. She has gained immense popularity as one of Hollywood's most famous actresses. Her roles in films make her stand out. She has an exceptional talent and is best remembered for blockbusters such as Star Trek, Avatar, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
As one of the greatest actresses with over 30 nominations, Zoe stands out in the showbiz industry. She is celebrated as a model and a dancer. She broke out as an actress after being part of Faces, a famous theater group. She has since continued to excel in her career even after gaining immense popularity with the group.
- Full name: Zoe Saldana-Perego
- Date of birth: June 19, 1978
- Age: 41 years
- Place of birth: Passaic, New Jersey
- Zodiac sign: Gemini
- Profession: Actress
- Children: 3
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Zoe Saldana ethnicity: Mixed (Puerto Rican and the Dominican Republic)
- Nationality: American
- Height: 5 ft 7 inches
- Weight: 54 kg
- Husband: Marco Perego-Saldana
- Education: ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy
Zoe Saldana age and early life
Zoe was born on June 19, 1978, in Passaic, New Jersey. She is currently 41 years old. She was partly raised in the Dominican Republic. The bilingual Zoe Saldana began her acting journey in films like Crossroads, The Terminal, Drumline, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
After being in the industry for quite some time, she landed a few leading roles in blockbusters Star Trek, Avatar, and Guardians of the Galaxy, in 2009. She also modeled for Avon, Gap, as well as Calvin Klein.
Zoe is of mixed ethnicity. She grew up in Queens to a mixed ethnic heritage. Her mother was of Puerto Rican descent while her father was from the Dominican Republic. At nine years old, her father died in a motor accident. Her mother then moved Saldana and her two sisters Cisely and Mariel, to the Dominican Republic to live with their grandparents.
The 3 siblings were very close. Saldana studied a variety of dance forms at ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy. She became very fond of ballet. She later moved back to New York at 17 and continued dancing. She also joined Faces, which was a teen-oriented theater group. In addition to that, she was part of the New York Youth Theater, where a talent agent discovered her.
Zoe Saldana movies
Zoe has featured in several movies and films since she has been in the industry for quite some time. The following are some of her major characters so far;
- Center Stage, Drumline, and Pirates of the Caribbean
Starting off as a guest on Law & Order, Saldana, she debuted her movie acting career with the dance drama, Center Stage. The film portrayed a group of ballet students training at an academy. She went on to get supporting roles in different films in the following few years. She was featured in a teen comedy Get Over It!, Britney Spears Crossroads, as well as the hip-hop thriller, Snipes.
The actress played the role of captain of a dance team in 2002's film Drumline. She also appeared in 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl as Anamaria, Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) former lover who gives him a wallop for his roguish behavior.
In 2004, she was featured in the drama, The Terminal with Tom Hanks, and Haven.
- Guess Who
In the mid-2000s, the actress kept acting in several ensemble films, both commercially and indie. She appeared on TV on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as well as Six Degrees.
In 2005, she appeared in Guess Who, a comedic update of the Sidney Poitier and Spencer Tracy classic, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. The new version switched the racial roles of the original, with Bernie Mac as Saldana's wary African-American father, while Ashton Kutcher was her beleaguered white fiancé. She also featured in 2008's thriller, Vantage Point.
- Star Trek and Avatar
2009 was marked as the star's blockbuster year. Once she was done with The Skeptic, she starred in Star Trek's remake by director J.J. Abrams. She acted as the Communications Officer, Uhura. In December the same year, she was cast as Neytiri, an alien warrior, in the 3D sci-fi epic, Avatar.
The movie went on to become the world's highest-grossing film. The film's director James Cameron made use of performance capture technology to come up with the actress' computer-generated character.
The character was driven by her bodily movements and facial expressions in a studio setting. She spent months training for the athletic role and was forced to take up horseback riding, archery, as well as wushu martial arts.
In 2010, the actress starred in an ensemble comedic remake, Death at a Funeral alongside Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence. She was also on two action capers — The Losers and Takers — as well as the comedic Burning Palms. By 2011, she was famous, and she landed a sole lead role in Colombiana, where she was featured as an assassin out to avenge her parents' murder.
- Guardians of the Galaxy
2012 saw the actress making news off-screen when she rushed to help a woman who got injured in a car crash. Sometime later, The Words was released. She co-directed episodes for The Rope, a web series developed by Vin Diesel about bouncers and the world of nightlife.
Saldana came back to the Star Trek franchise as part of the 2013 sequel, Into Darkness. The next year, she added comic-book hero to her list of roles, when she portrayed the green-skinned assassin Gamora in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Her popularity as Gamora actress helped to make the movie break August's domestic box office records as far as debut earnings were concerned. Her co-stars included Diesel and Cooper. 2017 saw her return to her Guardian's role in the sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
2016 had the actress starring as a jazz musician, Nina Simone, in the biopic titled Nina. Her role drew a lot of controversies as Simone's family objected to her casting, and critics were outraged about her blackface performance as she wore a darker foundation. Her conventional good looks in the film were not a reflection of the musician's experiences as a black woman.
- Star Trek Beyond and Avengers
Despite the pressure with Nina, she sailed through successfully releasing other projects in the same year. She went on to star in the Star Trek sequel, Star Trek Beyond, as well as Live By Night.
She also reprised her Guardians role later on when she was part of a star-studded ensemble superhero cast in Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War in 2018. In 2019, she was part of Avengers: Endgame.
The following is a summarized list of the actress's movies and shows;
- 2000: Centre Stage
- 2001: Snipe
- 2002: Drumline
- 2003: Pirates of the Caribbean. The Curse of the Black Pearl
- 2004: Haven, The Terminal
- 2005: Dirty Deeds, Constellation, Guess Who
- 2006: Premium, Maldicion del Padre Cardona
- 2008: The Skeptic, Vantage Pont
- 2009: Star Trek, Avatar (2009)
- 2010: Takers, Death at a Funeral, The Losers, Burning Palms
- 2011: Colombiana, The words, The Heart Specialist
- 2012: Love, Marilyn
- 2013: Blood Ties, Out of the Furnace, Star Trek into Darkness
- 2014: The Book of Life, Guardians of the Galaxy, Infinitely Polar Bear
- 2016: Star Trek Beyond, Live by Night, Nina, Uhuru
- 2017: My Little Pony: The movie, I Kill Giants, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
- 2018: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- 2020: Avatar 2
Zoe Saldana husband
The actress started dating her husband in March 2013. In just three months, they got married. This was not surprising because they had been familiar with each other from before. His name is Marco Perego.
Theirs is a unique union as they exchanged surnames. Zoe Saldana kids are raised in a gender-neutral household. She has three kids named Bowie Ezio Perego-Saldana, Zen Perego-Saldana, and Cy Aridio Perego-Saldana.
Zoe Saldana net worth
With so many movies to her name, it is not surprising that she has an impressive net worth. She has a value of $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Her dancing, modeling, and acting career have all been instrumental in making her the star she is today.
Zoe Saldana Instagram
The actress is active on social media, especially on Instagram. She has a huge following of over 7.1 million people. You can check out Zoe Saldana images on her page. If you want to keep up with Zoe Saldana latest news, you may have to follow her on her social media pages.
Zoe Saldana is one of the best actresses in Hollywood. She is the kind of person that can transform into any character she puts her mind to. This makes all her characters believable and real. You will love her from her films.