'I have a gravitational pull toward characters who are strong.' . . . On her character Uhura, the chief communications officer and the only female crew member aboard of the new Star Trek film.
Death at a Funeral (2010)
Burning Palms (2009)
The Skeptic (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
Vantage Point (2008)
After Sex (2007)
Ways of the Flesh (2006)
Maldición del padre Cardona, La (2005)
Dirty Deeds (2005)
Guess Who (2005)
The Terminal (2004)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2004)
Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Get Over It (2001)
Center Stage (2000)
Law & Order (1999)
Her father is of Dominican descent; her mother is Puerto Rican.
Ranked #42 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
In The Terminal (2004), Saldana's character Torres is revealed to be a Trekkie. Saldana went on to be cast as Uhura in Star Trek (2009).
Hadn't seen the original series, before she was cast in Star Trek (2009).
To prepare her role in Star Trek (2009) she met with Nichelle Nichols who played the same character in the original series.
Admires Whoopi Goldberg and Angelina Jolie.
Was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, Beauty at Every Age secion, for age 28, in May 2007.
Avatar Role: Neytiri
Zoe Saldana was born in New Jersey and raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic where they would live for the next 7 years.
While living in the Dominican Republic Zoe discovered a keen interest in performance dance and began her training at the prestigious ECOS Espacio de Danza Dance Academy where she learned ballet as well as other dance forms.
Not only did her training provide an excellent outlet for the enthusiastic and energetic youngster, it would also prove to be a fortunate precursor for the start of her professional acting career.
At age 17 Zoe and her family moved back to the United States where her love for dance followed and an interest in theater performance became stronger.
She began performing with the Faces theater troupe which put on plays geared to provide positive messages for teens with themes dealing with issues such as substance abuse and sex. These performances not only gave her valuable experience but also a source of great pride knowing that she was making a difference in the lives of young people like herself.
While performing with the Faces troupe and also the New York Youth Theater, Zoe was recruited for a talent agency and her dance training years before coupled with her acting experience greatly helped her land her first big screen role as Eva, the talented and headstrong ballet dancer in the film Center Stage.
Since her professional career began just a few years ago Zoe's talent and determination has allowed her to be involved in blockbuster films and act with major actors, actresses and industry insiders at a pace that very few young professionals have experienced.
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 and actors/actresses such as Tom Hanks, Bernie Mac, Keira Knightley, Ashton Kutcher, Kirsten Dunst, and Orlando Bloom.
According to many of her costars, producers, and directors the sky is no limit 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. Just to ask practically anyone who she has worked for or with about her, glowing comments abound and earned friendships and respect are readily revealed. A star has been born, and growing every day.
She had a smaller role in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), and was set to star in the sequels, but never did. In the final scene of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) the people were told a old friend would return, and while filming the scene, the actors were told it was Zoe which would return. However it was Geoffrey Rush, and only told the actors it was Zoe to surprise them, and get real authenticity in their faces. Zoe never reprised her character.
I’ve become a little action whore,
says ‘Avatar’ star Zoe Saldana
Avatar actress Zoe Saldana insists she loves doing action roles. The 31-year-old star, who has become the reigning queen of sci-fi blockbusters with J.J. Abrams’ reboot of Star Trek and is a part of upcoming action-packed film Avatar, insists she has turned into an action whore.
“I’ve become a little action whore,” Details magazine quoted Saldana as saying. “I’ve always gravitated toward the Sigourney Weavers, the beeping Linda Hamiltons, the Angelina Jolies. “I just love strong women that are in tune with their bodies-that don’t just use their bodies as sex tools. I’m very dominant-feisty. I’m not a man-hater, just a very proud woman,” she added.
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