Zoe Saldana Age, Bio, Facts
The famous American actress, model, and dancer Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario, mostly known as Zoe Saldana, was born on June 19, 1978, in Passaic, New Jersey, U.S. She had her first performance in front of the camera in 1999 in an episode of the series Law & Order. Since then, she has acted in more than 50 movies and TV series. Zoe is mostly known for her acting in Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Trek. She has modeled for a Calvin Klein’s commercial. She has also been featured in magazines such as Latina, Vanity Fair, and Elle.
Zoe was born to a Dominican father and a Puerto Rican mother, with also Lebanese and Haitian ethnicity. Most of her childhood years were spent in Jackson Heights, New York. Zoe is bilingual, being able to speak both English and Spanish from her early childhood. She lost her father when she was only 9. Her mother, then, moved back to the Dominican Republic with Zoe and Zoe’s two sisters, named Cisely and Mariel.
In the Dominican Republic, Zoe grew a passion for dancing and therefore attended the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy. In the Academy, she studied different types of dancing; but she enjoyed ballet the most. However, she did not find herself ambitious enough to make the sacrifices a ballet dancer should make. At the age of 17, she joined the Faces theater group in Brooklyn, a theatrical group with plays related to teenage problems including substance abuse and adolescent sexuality. Meanwhile, a talent agency saw her acting in the production of a play and recruited her.
Zoe’s Early Years of Acting
Her previous acting experiences, as well as years of dancing ballet, helped her achieve her first movie role in Center Stage (2000) as a talented ballet student. In 2002, she co-acted with Britney Spears in a movie named Crossroads. The movie was considered a hit in the box office, yet not a success according to the movie critics. In the same year, Zoe acted in another comedy named Drumline along with Nick Cannon. This time the movie received positive reviews, even from the critics.
In 2003, she played as a female pirate named Anamaria, in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. A year later, she acted as an immigration officer in the movie The Terminal, directed by Steven Spielberg, and also in two other not very successful movies, named Haven and Temptation.
In 2005, she had a main role in Constellation, along with Gabrielle Union and Billy Dee Williams. During the same year, she acted in three other movies, The Curse of Father Cardona, Dirty Deeds, and Guess Who. During the next year, she acted in two romantic comedy dramas of Premium and The Heart Specialist. She also started acting in the series Six Degrees. In 2007, she played a role in the romantic comedy movies After Sex and also starred as a major character in a drama movie, named Blackout, about the events in a Brooklyn neighborhood during the blackout of 2003. In 2008, she acted in one movie, an action thriller named Vantage Point.
Zoe’s Shining Years, Starting with Star Trek and Avatar
After almost a decade of acting in various movies and series, Zoe gained great prominence by acting in two grand movies: Star Trek, directed by J.J. Abrams, and Avatar, directed by James Cameron. At first, Zoe was not sure about acting in a great movie like Star Trek; however, Abrams encourage her by admiring her previous performances. Zoe’s mother was also a Star Trek fan and gave her advice through voice mailing during the Star Trek production. Zoe, herself, five years before in the movie Terminal, acted as a character that loved Star Trek and knew how to do the Vulcan salute, which Spielberg taught her. Her second great movie during this year was the James Cameron’s Avatar, as an alien hunter, named Neytiri, for which Zoe won Saturn Award for Best Actress in the 36th Saturn Awards. During 2009, she also acted in a horror thriller, named The Skeptic.
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Zoe’s Success Follow Up
The following year after rising to incredible fame was a busy one for Zoe. In 2010, she acted in five movies: the comedy Death at a Funeral, two action movies of The Losers and Takers, the comedy Burning Palms, and the short comedy Idiots. In the movie The Losers, she acted as Aisha al-Fadhil, a native Bolivian woman, for which she had to gain weight and also carry heavy weapons with herself eight hours a day. During the same year, she also collaborated with Calvin Klein in a TV advertisement. In 2011, she acted as a professional assassin in an action/crime drama named Colombiana. Although the movie was not well-received by movie critics, Zoe’s performance was regarded as brilliant. Likewise, Zoe’s next movie, The Words (2012), was not a success both in respect of movie reviews and financial achievement at the box office, while her performance was almost always well-received.
Another Star Trek Success
In 2013, J. J. Abrams made another sequel to the Star Trek series, Star Trek Into Darkness, which was again a box office success. It also sold very well around the world, earning more than 467 million dollars and ranked 14 in the 2013 movies. Zoe also did another Star Trek project, voicing her own character in the 2013 version of the Star Trek video game. During the same year, she acted in an action/crime drama named Blood Ties and also a thriller named Out of the Furnace, alongside Christian Bale and Casey Affleck.
A Busy Year and Guardians of the Galaxy
The year after her second Star Trek movie was again a busy one. In 2014, she acted in the romantic comedy drama Infinitely Polar Bear. She also co-produced and acted in the TV miniseries Rosemary’s Baby, adapted from the classic novel by Ira Levin. Her great movie of the year was the hit movie Guardians of the Galaxy, in which she acted as Gamora. The movie became extremely successful, gaining the third highest-grossing movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the third highest-grossing 2014 movie, and also the highest-grossing superhero movie of 2014.
For this movie, Zoe nominated for several awards such as Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie, Favorite Action Movie Actress at the People’s Choice Awards and Best On-Screen Transformation at the MTV Movie Awards. During the same year, she voiced one of the major characters in the animated movie The Book of Life. She also voiced her character in this animated movie in its video game version, named The Book of Life: Sugar Smash.
From 2014 Until 2019
Two years after her busy year of 2014, she acted in four movies. One of her movies, in 2016, was a biographical movie named Nina as Nina Simone, a jazz musician, and classical pianist. She also acted in Star Trek Beyond and the comedy Quantum Is Calling. Moreover, she acted in a Ben Affleck movie named Live by Night.
Two movies named Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and I Kill Giants, as well as a short movie Disneyland Resort: Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout!, a short drama named Sia: Free Me, and finally voicing a character in My Little Pony: The Movie were her projects during 2017.
In 2018, she had two short movies named Drake: Nice for What, The Legend of Red Hand, as well as a hit movie named Avengers: Infinity War. She also received a star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for her lifetime performance in the motion picture industry.
Zoe’s Most Recent Movies
In 2019, Zoe starred in an Avengers sequel named Avengers: Endgame and also voiced a character in the animated movie Missing Link. Production of Avatar II, III, IV, and V is confirmed and Zoe will be a part of all them which will be respectively released in 2021, 2023, 2025, and 2027. She is also rumored to be an actress in a drama named Keyhole Garden and also another Star Trek sequel that is yet untitled.
Zoe’s Romantic Life
In 2010, she engaged to her boyfriend, Keith Britton, with whom she was in a 10-year relationship. However, a year after their engagement, the couple announced their breakup. In 2013, she started dating an Italian artist named Marco Perego. During the same year, the couple married and now has three sons together, two of them twins.
In a 2016 interview, Zoe revealed that she has inherited an autoimmune, called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, disease from her mother. She has also revealed in another interview that she has and will never go under plastic surgery. Moreover, she is careful about her food portions but does not diet. Her favorite daily exercise is Pilates since she regards it as the closest to dancing.
Zoe’s net worth is $14 million. She is 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) and weights 120 Ibs (54 kg) with body measurements of 32-25-32 inches (82-63-82). She is also active on social media. Her Instagram page has more than 6.4 million and 1.11 million followers respectively on her Instagram and Twitter accounts.