Who Is Zoe Saldana ?
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Zoe Yadira Saldana Nazario, also known as Zoe Saldana and Zoe Saldana-Perego, is an American actress and a professional dancer. She first got her start performing alongside the theater group Faces, before heading towards the big screen. Her breakout role came in 2009 when she starred in two big blockbuster films: Avatar, and Star Trek. Nowadays, she is known for playing the role of Gamora in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her character making its debut in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Career Focus: Acting, Dancing
Popular Works: Center Stage (2000, Nicholas Hytner), Crossroads (2002, Tamra Davis), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003, Gore Verbinski), The Terminal (2004, Steven Spielberg), Dirty Deeds (2005, David Kendall), Blackout (2007, Jerry Lamothe), Vantage Point (2008, Pete Travis), Star Trek (2009, JJ Abrams), Avatar (2009, James Cameron), The Skeptic (2009 Tennyson Bardwell), Death at a Funeral (2010, Frank Oz), The Words (2012 Brian Klugman), Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013, JJ Abrams), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014, James Gunn), The Book of Life (2014, Jorge Gutierrez), Nina (2016, Cynthia Mort), Star Trek Beyond (2016, Justin Lin), Live by Night (2016, Ben Affleck), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017, James Gunn), I Kill Giants (2017, Anders Walter), My Little Pony: The Movie (2017, Jayson Thiessen), Avengers: Infinity War (2018, Anthony & Joe Russo), Missing Link (2019, Chris Butler), Avengers: Endgame (2019, Anthony & Joe Russo)
Date of Birth: 19-06-1978
Current State & Country: Los Angeles, California, USA
Home State & Country: Passaic, New Jersey, USA
Weight: 115 lbs.
Net Worth Income: $20,000,000
Educational Credentials: Newtown High School, Espacio de Danza Academy
Saldana is a professional dancer. When she was staying in the Dominican Republic, she discovered her love of dancing and enrolled in Espacio de Danza Academy, taking up ballet. Her training as a dancer helped her land one of her first film roles. She has also said that she is swearing off plastic surgery, and wants to age as naturally as possible.
Career History of Zoe Saldana
Saldana’s first appearance on-screen was in a 1999 episode of the show Law & Order. After that, she switched over to film, making her film debut in 2000’s Center Stage. Center Stage revolved around a group of trained professional ballet dancers. After that, she appeared alongside popstar Britney Spears in Crossroads, which was panned by critics but still a box office success.
In 2009, Saldana was cast as Nyota Uhura in Star Trek, a modern-day reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise. The film was a blockbuster hit, and her fame considerably grew. Saldana agreed to take on the role as her mother was a Star Trek fan. In the same year, she took on her second high-profile role: The alien Neytiri in James Cameron’s Avatar. Avatar was a global success, and went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing Cameron’s previous film, Titanic. Then in 2012, Saldana starred alongside Bradley Cooper in The Words.
Saldana officially joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2014 when she was casted as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, which was a surprise hit. She reprised the role three more times: In 2017’s Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, in Avengers: Infinity War, and in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. The Guardians films saw her reuniting with Cooper. Her co-stars include Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, and Michael Rooker.
Her portrayal of singer Nina Simone in the 2016 autobiographical film Nina was met with controversy, including negative comments from Simone’s estate. Saldana received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018. She is also set to reprise her role as Neytiri in the next Avatar movie.
Personal Life of Zoe Saldana
Saldana’s birthplace is in New Jersey, and her birthday is on June 19. Her mother, Asalia Nazario, is of Puerto Rican descent, while her father, Aridio Saldana, is Dominican. She has two sisters named Mariel and Cisely. Following Spanish naming traditions, she was christened with both of her parents’ surnames. Saldana also has Haitian and Lebanese roots. When it comes to her racial identity, she says she is “black the way I know to be”. Saldana grew up in New York, and speaks Spanish and English. Tragedy struck when she lost her father when she was only nine years old, due to a car crash. Asalia then moved her children and herself to the Dominican Republic.
Saldana was in a relationship with actor and My Fashion Database CEO Keith Britton for eleven years. They were engaged at one point, but called it quits in 2011.
In March 2013, Saldana entered a new romance with Italian artist Marco Perego. They married three months later in London, in which Perego adopted Saldana’s surname instead of the other way around, changing his name to Marco Perego-Saldana. In 2014, Saldana gave birth to twin boys: Bowie and Cy. Then in 2017, she and Perego welcomed a third son, Zen. Saldana intends to raise her children in a bilingual, gender-neutral household.
Saldana revealed in a 2016 interview that she has been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. To resist the effects of this disease, she follows an active lifestyle of Pilates and eating dairy-free and gluten-free products. Saldana says Pilates was her choice of exercise as it reminded her a lot of dancing.
Net Worth of Zoe Saldana
Saldana’s career has definitely been on the upswing. Her current net worth is at a whopping $20M, all thanks to her being a part of three of the largest film franchises today: Star Trek, Avatar, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Apart from those three, she already has an impressive film resume, and has done television appearances too. Her acting has received critical praise, and she has received awards and nominations from the BET Awards, MTV Movie Awards, and the People’s Choice Awards. It’s safe to say that Saldana is one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars today.
Controversial News On The Life & Career Of Zoe Saldana
Saldana has not been fazed by the controversy surrounding her film, Nina, which came out in 2016. Her portrayal of the iconic singer Nina Simone has been heavily criticized thanks to her wearing blackface makeup, and even putting on a prosthetic nose to resemble Simone. Apart from that, Saldana has also faced backlash for being apolitical, as Simone herself gained fame for speaking out about her political views and the treatment towards her as a black woman. Simone’s estate weren’t too happy about Saldana’s portrayal either. However, Saldana had no regrets about taking on the role, and was even happy that the film got made in the first place.
Rumors And Frequently Asked Questions About Zoe Saldana
There are rumors that Saldana and her husband Perego had their third son through surrogate. This came about after she announced her third pregnancy, but was never seen carrying a baby bump until her baby boy’s birth. Saldana has also said that it’s great to find an alternative way to start a family, and those who do so should feel empowered. As for whether the surrogacy rumors are true or not, Saldana says that she will reveal everything “when the right time comes”, and when her sons are “a little bit older”.