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Zoë Saldaña

Zoë SaldañaZoë Saldaña, born on June 19th, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey is an American actress and dancer.

Her breakthrough roles came in the films Center Stage in 2000 and in Crossroads in 2002. She later recieved acclaim for her roles as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003, Nyota Uhura in Star Trek in 2009 and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013, Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar in 2009 and its upcoming sequels, and Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014.

Saldaña was born Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario in Passaic, New Jersey. Her father, Aridio Saldaña was from the Dominican Republic, while her mother, Asalia Nazario is from Puerto Rico. Saldana also has Haitian and Lebanese roots.

She has often spoken of her pride in being from a Latin culture. Her first languages are English and Spanish. She spent the majority of her early childhood growing up in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York where she had two sisters, named Cisely and Mariel, and a half-brother named Nipo, known as "Nipo 809", who is a Dominican artist and producer.

Her father died in a car crash 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 various forms of dance, but describes ballet as her first passion.

She told Vanity Fair that she quit ballet because she did not have the feet and had too much pride and ambition to just be in the corps de ballet.

Zoë SaldañaThe family returned to New York City 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 Rodriguez, the talented and headstrong ballet student in the film Center Stage in 2000.

Saldaña was still a member of FACES when she gained exposure in an episode of Law & Order, titled "Merger", which first aired in 1999.

Saldaña's first film role was in Center Stage in 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 in 2002 and the comedy-drama Drumline also in 2002.

In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003, 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.

Zoë SaldañaSaldaña appeared in three films in 2004, including The Terminal, Haven and Temptation. She appeared in Constellation, Guess Who with Ashton Kutcher and Dirty Deeds in 2005 and in Premium in 2006.

Saldaña appeared in two high-profile roles in 2009: Nyota Uhura in the film reboot Star Trek, and the alien huntress Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar, both of which raised her profile considerably.

To prepare for her role as Nyota Uhura in Star Trek (2009), she met with Nichelle Nichols who played the same character on the original television series. Saldaña did an intense nonstop six-month preparation for Avatar including martial arts, archery and horseback riding.

Coincidentally, it was Steven Spielberg who taught her the Vulcan salute five years earlier when he directed her in The Terminal, in which her character was a Trekkie.

Zoe has not only held her own in major motion picture productions but gained the respect and praise from industry insiders such as Jerry Bruckheimer and Steven Spielberg as well as actors and actresses such as Tom Hanks, the late Bernie Mac, Keira Knightley, Ashton Kutchner, Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom.

According to many of her co-stars, producers and directors, a brilliant future is in store for this young star who has incredible range, intense concentration, and a steely determination to be involved with projects that challenge her professionally with wide-ranging subject matters and characters.

Ask practically anyone who she has worked for or with about her and you'll recieve glowing comments and praise.

Zoë Saldaña"I am actually a geek! I'm very proud to say I am a geek. But I'm kind of a cool geek.

I grew up in a very sci-fi home so I've seen a lot of sci-fi movies, from Dune to Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, *batteries not included... All these films I go crazy for - I'm a sci-fi geek who just happens to dress nice."

When asked about auditioning for Avatar in 2009 she replied:

"I was still living in New York at the time, and I heard that James Cameron was getting ready to shoot a movie. At first, I thought it was going to be that Japanese franchise that he owns; I had read for that and then it just seemingly disappeared. Then, like a month later, they want to put me back on tape..."

"But the script excerpts used for the auditions were about this girl from a tribe in the jungle and I was like, this is weird. But I put myself on tape again and but a month later, around July 2006, they called me and told me that in a week, I was going to L.A. to meet James Cameron."

"I remember being very nervous, but he was just such a polite and approachable person. It felt like a meeting where we were getting to know each other, as opposed to an audition, where I have to put my act on."

Saldaña's thoughts on James Cameron creating strong female characters:

"I don't know if its something that he's been consciously aware of, to be honest. What do know is that he's been impacted by interesting women all his life, because you can tell he's in tune with his feminine side. I've learned this about men who write good roles for women - there's a very beautiful sentimentality to them."

Zoë Saldaña"Their exteriors are sugarcoated with this manly presence, but deep on the inside, there's also this fragility."

"During the shortness of my career, I've managed to work with Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and now Jim - all directors who are known for having strong female protagonists. They don't feel diminished by it as men; they can tap into the complexities of how woman really are."

"I will say is that my Avatar character, Neytiri, has been the most challenging of my entire career - physically, mentally and spiritually. It's the first time I played a non-human, I had to learn a different language, and it was hard to part with her at the end."

"No matter how intense other characters have been, I've only been in their skins for at most four months - never a year and a half."

"I didn't like the experience of working on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and I feel that it is my job to be completely honest. "

"To me, that's what a Hollywood movie felt like. If that's what I have to witness, and have to go through, to do a Hollywood movie, I'd rather do something else."

"It was just too massive. You really felt the immensity of it. It was just not my taste."

"Being a film director is more satisfying. You are more of a participant in the conception. I like having control. I think I have the capability. I am a storyteller and an artist and I love what I do. So I want to be part of it more and not just show up and say my lines."

Zoë Saldaña"When you are shooting a film like Blood Ties, when the budget is not as big and you are shooting in a city like New York, which is a very expensive city, all the budget goes into the movie and you just make compromises."

"You are happy to do so because you are collaborating with amazing people. It is a good day at the office. The office might be smaller but it is good."

"It doesn't matter how much backlash I will get for it. I will honor and respect my black community because that's who I am."

"I love sex. I love skin. I don't believe the body is something to hide. I think in American society we're messing up our kids by taking away the education on, and awareness of, our sexuality and replacing it with violence, guns and video games - and we're breeding little criminals."

In 2010, Saldaña starred in The Losers as Aisha al-Fadhil, a native Bolivian woman.

She 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, Saldaña starred in the romantic comedy The Heart Specialist and she also starred in the crime drama film Colombiana as Cataleya Restrepo, a professional assassin. In 2012, she starred in the romantic drama film The Words.

Zoë SaldañaSaldaña reprised her role in Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to the 2009 reboot which was released in May 2013 and played Gamora in the film Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, and will reprise her role of Neytiri in Avatar 2 in 2015.

In May 2014, she starred in a television miniseries adaptation of Rosemary's Baby.

In June 2010, Saldaña became engaged to her longtime boyfriend Keith Britton, an actor and CEO of My Fashion Database.

Saldaña and Britton announced in November 2011 that they had ended their relationship after 11 years together. Saldana subsequently dated actor Bradley Cooper from December 2011 to January 2013.

In March of 2013, Saldaña began dating Italian artist Marco Perego. They secretly married in June 2013 in London. Saldaña and Perego have twin sons, Bowie Ezio and Cy Aridio, born in November of 2014. During her pregnancy, Saldaña stated that her children will be bilingual as she and her husband plan to speak both Spanish and English around them.

In 2009, Saldaña said she would avoid plastic surgery, telling Women's Health magazine:

"God as my witness, I am going to try to do everything I can to keep this ass together for as long as I possibly can - without going against nature."

She watches what she eats but does not diet and does Pilates regularly saying "It's the closest thing to dance."

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

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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 The Terminal Dolores Torres
2004 Haven Andrea
2004 Temptation Annie
2005 Constellation Rosa Boxer
2005 Guess Who Theresa Jones
2005 Dirty Deeds Rachel Buff
2005 The Curse of Father Cardona Flor
2006 Premium Charli
2006 The Heart Specialist Donna
2007 After Sex Kat
2007 Blackout Claudine
2008 Vantage Point Angie Jones
2009 Star Trek Nyota Uhura
2009 The Skeptic Cassie
2009 Avatar Neytiri
2010 The Losers Aisha
2010 Takers Lily Jansen
2010 Death at a Funeral Elaine
2010 Burning Palms Sara Cotton
2011 Colombiana Cataleya Restrepo
2012 The Words Dora Jansen
2013 Blood Ties Vanessa
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Nyota Uhura
2013 Out of the Furnace Lena Warren
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary
2014 Infinitely Polar Bear Maggie Stuart
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Gamora
2014 The Book of Life Maria (voice)
2015 Nina Nina Simone In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Law & Order Belinca 2 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gabrielle Vega Episode: "Criminal"
2006–2007 Six Degrees Regina 5 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Zoe Saldana Wears A Tan Blouse & Glasses"
2014 Rosemary's Baby Rosemary Woodhouse 2 episodes; Also producer


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Star Trek Nyota Uhura

Awards & Nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2003 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Nick Cannon) Drumline Nominated
2005 Black Movie Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Guess Who Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Performance – Female Nominated
2006 Black Reel Awards Best Actress Nominated
Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
2009 ALMA Awards Actress in Film Star Trek Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Action/Adventure Nominated
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite Breakout Movie Actress Nominated
Scream Award Best Science Fiction Actress Nominated
Breakout Performance – Female Nominated
Best Ensemble Nominated
2010 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Actress Avatar Won
BET Awards Best Actress Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Actress Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Star Trek Nominated
Empire Awards Best Actress Avatar Won
Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Cutest Couple (with Sam Worthington) Nominated
Favorite Movie Actress Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Nominated
Best Kiss (with Sam Worthington) Nominated
Scream Award Best Science Fiction Actress Nominated
Saturn Award Best Actress Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Sci-Fi Won
Choice Movie Actress – Action/Adventure The Losers Nominated
Choice Movie Actress – Comedy Death at a Funeral Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture Avatar Won
2011 ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actress – Drama/Adventure Takers Nominated
BET Awards Best Actress The Losers Nominated
Death at a Funeral Nominated
Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture The Losers Nominated
SFX Awards Best Actress Avatar Nominated
2012 BET Awards Best Actress Colombiana Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Actress Nominated
Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Action Won
ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actress Drama/Adventure Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie Star: Female Star Trek Into Darkness Nominated
2015 Black Reel Award Outstanding Actress, TV Movie or Mini-Series Rosemary's Baby Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress Guardians of the Galaxy Nominated
Outstanding Voice Performance The Book of Life Nominated
Image Award Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance The Book of Life Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite Action Movie Actress Nominated


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