Zoe Saldana is a popular American actress who became famous for participating in several popular projects.
A successful woman gained fame among fans after filming in the films "Star Trek", "Guardians of the Galaxy", "Avatar". Also, the celebrity managed to succeed as a model and dancer.
The life of this star is monitored by a huge number of fans (for example, more than 4.5 million users subscribed to its official Instagram). Today you will find out the most interesting information about Saldana’s biography, courier and personal life.
1. Birth in an international family.
The baby was born on 06/19/1970 in the small town of Passaic, which is located near New York. She grew up in an international family because her dad was a Dominican and her mother a Puerto Rican. Also in the veins of the girl flows Lebanese, Indian, Irish and Jamaican blood. Her family members communicated in Spanish and English at home.
2. Life in New York.
The lion's share of Zoe’s carefree childhood took place in New York, namely in the borough called Queens, located on the island of Long Island. This area of the city is popular with immigrants. There are almost the same number of Hispanics, Asians, blacks and whites. Also, two more girls were brought up in the family - Kisele and Mariel.
3. Changes in life.
The real shock for a nine-year-old girl was the death of her father, who died in a car accident. It was difficult for mom to raise three children in expensive New York, she decided to move with her daughters to the Dominican Republic. It was here that Saldana had to finish school.
4. Favorite hobby.
After moving, the girl managed to find a new hobby for herself - she managed to prove herself as a dancer. This success was not accidental, because Saldana studied for many years in one of the country's most prestigious dance schools. Her specialization was ballet and modern dances in Latin America.
5. Return to America.
The family returned to their native Zoe Queens a couple of years later. The talented baby quickly found creative work, she became part of the Brooklyn theater troupe "Faces".
The performances were acutely social because they dealt with topics of drug addiction and early sex life. Also, the girl managed to prove herself at the Youth Theater of New York. Local recruiters invited her to become part of an acting agency. In parallel, Zoe continued to dance.
Zoe Saldana was born in New Jersey into a Dominican and Puerto Rican family. Zoe has Lebanese, Irish, Jamaican and Indian roots. Zoe speaks two languages equally well - Spanish and English. She spent most of her early childhood in Queens, New York. After her father died in a car accident when she was 9 years old, she moved with her mother to the Dominican Republic. Saldana entered one of the most prestigious dance schools in the Dominican Republic, where she studied ballet and modern Latin American dances. After leaving school, her family moved back to Queens.
In 1995, she began performing with a theater troupe. Faces in Brooklyn, these performances dealt with topics close to adolescents, such as drug addiction and teenage sexuality. At the same time, she performed at the New York Youth Theater, which led to her being invited to an acting agency. A talent for dancing and acting helped Zoe get her first role on the big screen - she played the talented ballerina Eve in the film “Stage Stage” in 2000.
Saldana was still a member Faceswhen she got a role in an episode of the series Law & Order (episode Merger, which was released in 1999). She left school after the release of the movie "The Stage Scene", the role in this film led to the continuation of her career. In 2002, she appears in the melodrama Crossroads, where she plays with Britney Spears, and in the film Drum Roll. In 2003, Zoe played the pirate Anna Maria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. In 2004, she appeared in Stephen Spielberg's Terminal and the harbor thriller. In 2005, she starred in the romantic comedy Guess Who? With Ashton Kutcher.
In the film Star Trek (2009) and his sequel Star Trek: Retribution (2013), Zoe Saldana played the young Uhura. In the same year, she played Neytiri, Princess Na’vi, in the "Avatar" by James Cameron.
For the role in the 2010 film “Losers,” Zoe had to gain a little weight in order to carry guns on the set for 8 hours a day. In the same year, she appears in the films Boy Raiders, Death at a Funeral, and Burning Palm Trees. In August, Zoe became the face of the Calvin Klein Envy lingerie line. In 2011, she played Catalea Restrepo, a professional hitman in the crime drama Colombian. In 2012, the film "Words" was released with her participation.
In April 2013, she confirmed that she would star in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy as Gamora. Zoe Saldana will play a role in the continuation of the film Avatar, which will premiere in 2020.
In June 2010, Saldana became engaged to actor and entrepreneur Keith Britton. In November 2011, Saldana and Britton announced a breakup after 11 years of relationship.
In March 2013, Saldana began dating Italian artist Marco Perego. They secretly married in June 2013 in London. In July 2015, Saldana said that Perego, contrary to tradition, took her last name after the wedding. Thus, Zoe became Zoe Saldana-Perego, and Marco - Marco Perego-Saldana. They have three sons - the twins Aridio Perego-Saldana and Bowie Ezio Perego-Saldana (born November 27, 2014) and Zen Perego-Saldana (born 2017).
Zoe Saldana's childhood
Her father is from the Dominican Republic, and her mother is from Puerto Rico, in addition, many other bloods flow in the veins of the actress - Lebanese, Indian, Irish and Jamaican.
Zoe spent her childhood and youth in Haiti, where she moved with her family at 10. Father tragically died in an accident when Zoe was 17, and her mother decided to return with her daughters (Zoe has a sister) to America, namely to Queens, New York. Therefore, Zoe is equally fluent in both English and Spanish. In childhood, the future actress was fond of ballet, studied at the dance school of the Dominican Republic. After her graduation, already in America, Zoe began to take the first steps in her acting career.
Keen on dancing
Zoe’s ancestors are Jamaicans, Indians, Libyans, and even Irish. And here is her mother with her father - a native of Puerto Rica and a Dominican. Therefore, the star has such a complex name - Zoe Yadira Saldanha Nazario. But we know her as Zoe Saldana. The actress’s birthplace is the town of Passaic in New Jersey, where she was born on June 19, 1978. Then the family moved to New York Queens.
Zoe was a younger schoolgirl when she lost her father: he was the victim of a car accident. Mother decided that he and his daughter would be better off returning to the historical homeland of the deceased husband. Therefore, they left for the Dominican Republic. A creative biography of Zoe Saldana began in this country: the girl comprehended the basics of classical and Latin American dances.
And when the prestigious school was left behind, the family again settled in Queens: in America, Zoe had more chances to prove herself in the acting profession.
These difficult first steps
The Brooklyn troupe with its highly social productions and participation in the performances of the Youth Theater became a good school for a novice performer. The first test set took place in 1999 (it was one of the episodes of the cult series "Law and Order").
A year later, she managed to star in a full-length movie. The musical film "The Stage Scene" (a kind of forerunner of "Step Forward"), of course, was not a blockbuster. But the actress Zoe Saldana here has a major role as a dancer Eva.
But the paintings "Terminal" or "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the" Black Pearl "no one will call little known. Let Saldana have only episodes in them, but these were already box office projects, and they began to recognize the girl. And you could forget about the theatrical stage and completely switch to the movie adored by the actress.
In the vastness of the universe
In 2009, actress Zoe Saldana received a central female role in the film incarnation of the cult series. Star Trek Uhura is cute, but pretty competent. She "breathes unevenly" to the serious and always gloomily focused Spock. And he seemed not to notice the suffering of a girl-astronaut. Abrams managed to create the perfect performing ensemble, the decoration of which was Saldana. No wonder she was awarded the "People's Prize" - "Best New Film Actress."
Oscar for the best make-up and well-deserved audience success led to the filming of the sequel, released three years after the beginning of the story. In Retaliation, the members of a close-knit crew had a very, very charismatic adversary (he was brilliantly played by Benedict Cumberbatch). And the life of the heroine of Saldana (as well as her lover) was in danger. Dilogy has found its fans, and they clearly want a "continuation of the banquet."
After the Avatar
Avatar turned out to be a brilliant experiment - the wizard Cameron used the latest technology to create a fictional planet and creatures that inhabit this fascinating world. We do not see the real face of the actress, but we can only guess her features in the guise of the majestic Princess Neytiri. But the more difficult the acting task! Now it’s known for sure that Zoe Saldana’s film biography will be replenished with more than one sequel to Avatar.
In the meantime, she successfully works with other directors. Zoe’s comedic talent appeared in a remake of the British film Death at a Funeral, but in Guardians of the Galaxy, she portrayed a cold-blooded killer Gamora who becomes a member of an unusual team: a dashing guy (Chris Pratt), a thug, a tree-like creature and an anthropomorphic raccoon Rocket. The premiere of the sequel to the film - in May 2017.
Saldana also advertises underwear for the famous fashion house “Calvin Klein”, since the figure allows.
A hasty novel
The personal life of Zoe Saldana is not fraught with any surprises - she was not interested in parties, and bad habits (like some high-profile novels) were not noticed. She started a family quite late: she married, already being a 35-year-old famous actress. Relations, lasting only a month, have developed into marriage. Marco Perego became her husband in the summer of 2013.
And the whole beginning of 2014 in the Hollywood party was gossiping: is Zoe Saldana pregnant? It turned out that the rumors did not lie. At the end of November 2014, actress Zoe Saldana became the mother of twins, the boys Sai and Bowie received double surnames - father and mother.
Tom Felton and Emma Watson
The episodic appearance in the series “Law and Order” allowed Saldana to appear on television for the first time. Her favorite hobbies (namely dances and theatrical performances) helped her at the initial stage of her career. Zoe successfully passed the casting for the role of a ballerina in the movie "The Stage Scene".
7. The path to the top.
In 2002, the premiere of the youth film "Crossroads" took place, where the main role was played by the popular Britney Spears. The plot focuses on the story of three girlfriends trying to realize their childhood dreams. Zoe qualitatively played the role of a girl named Keith, who dreams of getting married. The film was evaluated ambiguously. Although many fans fell in love with this entertaining comedy, most film critics criticized the work (and Britney Spears herself even received the Golden Raspberry Award).
8. Exit to a new level.
Zoe approved for the role in the cult first part of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. In this film, she appeared as the former lover of captain Jack Sparrow, who was also a famous pirate. The role of Anna-Maria (that’s how Zoey’s character was blocked up) allowed the American to get a large share of fan love.
After some time, the mulatto managed to star in the following films: “Terminal”, “Shelling Point”, “Harbor”, and “Guess Who”. Her partners on the set were Tom Hanks, Orlando Bloom and Ashton Kutcher. In the thriller "Colombian" Zoe played the main role of a girl who dreams of cracking down on the killers of her parents.
9. World fame.
In 2009, the world community was able to see two entertaining projects. In restarting the Star Trek story, Zoe played a member of the space shuttle crew, namely Lieutenant Uhuru. The work was well appreciated by critics, and also had commercial success. As a result, the film received 4 nominations for an Oscar.
Saldana also managed to become part of the highest grossing movie in history - Avatar. She qualitatively played the role of Princess Neytiri, who fell in love with a stranger who arrived. During the creation of the film, sensors were connected to the woman, broadcasting her facial expressions and movements. In preparation for the role, the girl was engaged in high-intensity training in the gym, practiced horseback riding, and also learned how to shoot from a bow.
10. Securing success.
In 2014, the American starred in Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the popular Marvel comics. Initially, she did not want to participate in the project, because she was not a fan of comics. All doubts were dispelled after reading the script.
These shootings turned out to be very difficult, because the girl had to constantly apply makeup for several hours in a row.
Three years later, the continuation of the film was released on large screens, and in 2018, the beloved heroes of Guardians of the Galaxy appeared in the movie Avengers: Infinity War.
11. Zoe Saldana today.
The star continues to act in various films. Very soon in the cinemas there will be a continuation of Avengers, as well as the second part of Avatar. In addition, the mulatto managed to become famous as a model. Her assets include works for Calvin Klein, Avon and Gap (in one of the photo sessions she starred with her siblings). Also, the girl was photographed for many popular glossy magazines.
12. Awards and nominations.
Saldana is the owner of the Teen Choice Awards figurine and the Saturn Prize. She stayed one step away from the following awards: Scream, People's Choice, MTV Movie Awards, Black Reel Awards, and ALMA Awards.
Actress Star Trek
She was accepted into the theater program for the search for young talents “Faces”, and soon she made her television debut in the series “Law and Order” (1999–2009). In the film “Crossroads” (2002), she played one of the main characters along with Britney Spears. Her heroine Kit, like her friends, is striving to fulfill her cherished dream. The girls are growing up, which makes them reconsider their plans for life, but friendship still remains.
She can also be seen in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003), where she played the pirate Anna Maria. The actress herself says this experience: “You can’t imagine how I felt on the set of this moment. This is Johnny Depp! I almost passed out when I saw him. He is beautiful!".
Following she is invited to one of the secondary roles in the "Terminal" by Steven Spielberg. In 2005, along with Ashton Kutcher, starred in one of the main roles in the comedy of interracial relations "Guess Who?". Appears in the action movie "Point of fire", and then in the frightening "Skeptic."
The first blockbuster in the career of Zoe Saldana is the legendary Star Trek by Jay Jay Abrams, where she played the beauty Nyota Uhuru, a lieutenant and communications specialist. In preparation for this role, Saldana dated another actress who played Nyota in the TV series Star Trek from 1973-1975.
But a real breakthrough in Zoe’s film career comes with James Cameron's Avatar. Perhaps not everyone knows that it was she who played the daughter of the leader of the Na’vi tribe, the brave Neytiri. Moreover, the word "played" is not an exaggeration. This film uses the proven motion capture technology, when special motion sensors are attached to the face and body of actors, and a camera looms in front of the face. But even in the image of a blue-skinned resident of Pandora, Zoe’s personality is manifested, high technology did not prevent her from making her heroine emotionally expressive.
Then there will be shootings in the black comedy "Death at the Funeral", the role of the sexy agent Aisha in "Losers" and the Burning Palms that did not reach the Russian audience. One of the heroines of the Star Trek sequel is also Saldana.
Childhood and youth
Zoe Yadira Saldana Nazario was born in New Jersey. Her father Aridio Saldana was an emigrant from the Dominican Republic, and her mother Azalea Nazario came to the United States from Puerto Rico. In the family, Zoe had representatives of other nationalities - Indians, Lebanese and Haitians. The family had 2 more daughters - Tsiseli and Mariel. Later, Zoe will have a younger half-brother Nero, who will become a famous Dominican producer.
The first few years, the family lived in New York, in the Queens area. In 1987, when Zoe was 9 years old, her father had a car accident and died from his injuries. Azalea moved with her daughters to her husband's relatives in the Dominican Republic, where the family lived until the girls graduated from high school. Then they returned to New York.
In the Dominican Republic, Saldana discovered the art of dance and began attending the Space Academy of Dance studio, where she studied various areas of choreography. The girl gave preference to classical ballet. Zoe began her professional career as a dancer in America when she joined the Faces troupe at age 17, with whom she performed on stage in Brooklyn.
She also played in theatrical productions at the New York Youth Theater. It was there that representatives of the acting agency noticed her and invited her to participate in film auditions.
Photo: Zoe Saldana
A cinematic biography of Saldana began in 2000. The debut on the big screen fell on the teenage dance drama "The Stage", in which Zoe played one of the beginning ballerinas. This is followed by an episodic role in the melodrama Love Virus, the romantic comedy Crossroads, in which she starred with Britney Spears and Terin Manning, as well as the sports and dance musical The Drum Roll.
Zoe Saldana (frame from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl")
The first famous film starring Saldana, albeit in a minor role, was the adventure action Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Here, the young actress played the role of Jack Sparrow's former lover.
In 2004, the criminal drama “Harbor” was released, in which Zoe starred with Orlando Bloom, and the tragicomedy Steven Spielberg “Terminal”. In the same year, the actress participated in one of the episodes of the series "Law and Order: Special Corps."
The following year, the social comedy “Guess Who?” Was released, in which Zoe got one of the central roles. For the game in this film, the girl was nominated for the Teen Choice and Black Reel awards. But most of the films of the following years, such as Constellation, Reward, Cardiologist, Clouding of the Mind, After Sex, The Skeptic, and The Point of Fire, were not noticeable enough. They received neutral or even negative reviews from film critics and viewers.
Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Uhura (frame from the movie Star Trek)
The breakthrough occurred in 2009, in which 2 blockbusters with the participation of Saldana were released right away. In the space action movie Star Trek, the actress played Lieutenant Uhuru. The film continued the Star Trek franchise, which had been developing for half a century, and restarted the first series, rejuvenating the team of space researchers. The film begins with the fact that the antagonist moves in time, thereby changing the past. Therefore, the fate of the main characters are formed differently than in the original.
The character of Saldana is part of the crew of the starship Enterprise. The role of captain Kirk was played by Chris Pine, and the image of the first assistant captain of the semi-volcano Spock was embodied by Zachary Quinto.
Zoe Saldana as Neytiri (frame from the movie "Avatar")
In the same year, another box-office film was released with the participation of Zoe, in the fantastic action "Avatar", the actress plays the alien princess Neytiri. Fans consider the film a futuristic adaptation of the Pocahontas legend. People are colonizing a distant planet with a supply of useful resources and fighting over territories with Navi natives. The alien Pocahontas, together with the earthling colonizer, is trying to preserve their home world.
Avatar was nominated for an Oscar in 9 categories and received 3 "technical" figurines for cinematography, scenery and visual effects. For her role in blockbusters, Zoe received the Teen Choice and Saturn awards, and was also nominated for ALMA, MTV Movie Awards, Scream and People's Choice.
Zoe Saldana (frame from the movie "Colombiana")
Later, in the filmography of the artist, the main role in the thriller "Colombian" appeared, the producer of which was Luc Besson. In the film, the actress reincarnated as a killer girl who pursues the killers of her parents. The script of the picture was created as a continuation of the cult film "Leon", but the concept has changed by the start of filming. A year later, with the participation of celebrity, the drama “Words” started. Despite the fact that film critics reacted without interest to the premiere, the creators of the picture doubled its budget.
Saldana also played secondary roles in the comedy Burning Palms, the action movie Boy Raiders, and the comedy Death at a Funeral. Continuing to develop her dramatic talent, Zoe starred in the action movie “Losers”, the crime thriller “From the Ashes” and the drama “Blood Ties”.
Zoe Saldana (frame from the movie "Rosemary's Baby")
In 2013, Saldana returned to the role of communications lieutenant Uhura in the sequel to the fantastic action movie Star Trek: Retribution. In the new film, Benedict Cumberbatch joined the caste, who played the main antagonist of the superman Khan. The appearance on the screen of the famous British actor and a reference to another character of the original films and series brought the picture additional popularity.
In 2014, the television serial mystical film “Rosemary's Baby” was released, in which the main role is played by Zoe Saldana. In the same year, Zoe played the role of Gamora’s green alien in the Guardians of the Galaxy comic blockbuster based on the eponymous Marvel comic book line. The film tells how a group of unsociable rogue, met in a galactic prison, unite to save the world.
Zoe Saldana as Gamora (frame from the film “Guardians of the Galaxy”)
The role of the leader of the Sentinels - adventurer Peter Quill was played by Chris Pratt, and the thug of Drax - Dave Batista. Two other main characters - the raccoon genius Rocket and the anthropomorphic Groot tree were created using computer graphics. The raccoon was voiced by Bradley Cooper, and Groot, who utters only one phrase, is Vin Diesel. Such a vocabulary of the character allowed the actor to voice Groot in foreign languages, so that in the dubbing, the alien tree also speaks in the voice of Diesel.
In 2015, Saldana took a break in science fiction films and starred in the drama Endless Polar Bear. In 2016, Zoe again appeared on large screens in red uniform of Lieutenant Uhura in the third restart movie “Star Trek: Infinity”.
Zoe Saldana and Ben Affleck (frame from the film "The Law of the Night")
At the end of 2016, the premiere of the crime drama "The Law of the Night" took place, in which Saldana played the main role of Graciella Suarez. The film tells about the underground fraud in America in 1926, at the height of the prohibition.
In May 2017, the sequel Guardians of the Galaxy. Part 2, in which Zoe again played Gamora. The team of superheroes, in addition to saving the Universe, has taken up more personal affairs and is trying to find out who the father of the Guardian leader, earthling Peter Quill, is.
The beginning of the acting career of Zoe Saldana
In 1995, Zoe's family returned to New York, where the girl tried to make her way to the cinema. She made a living as a cashier at Burger King, while touring with the Brooklyn Theater Faces. The audience of their creative association consisted mainly of adolescents, because the themes of the productions were close to them: harm from drug abuse and troubles of adolescence.
At the same time, the girl became part of the New York Youth Theater. As an actress in the musical Joseph and His Amazing Dream Cloak, Zoe caught the attention of a talent search agent. Her theatrical experience, coupled with her ballet past, knocked her first movie role - she played the ballerina Eve in the movie "Stage Stage" (2000), a true film about the backstage of classical and modern ballet.