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Zoe Saldana



Rarely do beauty and talent combine in a form so complimentary to each other than in the case of actress Zoe Saldana. Whether gracefully gliding across the stage in dance, pounding the boards in a play, or lighting up the screen in such popular films as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the multi-faceted Saldana seems capable of achieving anything she puts her mind to. The New Jersey native was raised in Queens until the age of ten, when her family relocated to the Dominican Republic. The move proved a fateful blessing when young Saldana discovered her love of dance and enrolled in the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy shortly thereafter, where she would study ballet, jazz, and modern Latin dance. Following her sophomore year in high school, Saldana and her family returned to the U.S. It was while completing her primary studies stateside that Saldana became involved with the Faces theater troupe, whose aim was to make a positive impact on teenage audiences by performing improvisational skits on such issues as substance abuse and sexuality. Involvement with another troupe, the New York Youth Theater, provided more traditional stage experience through such productions as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and it was while performing with that troupe that a talent agent recognized great potential in the burgeoning actress.



In 1999, Saldana received what seemed to be the ideal first film role when she was cast as a talented but snippy dancer vying for a spot at the fictional American Ballet Company in the dance drama Center Stage. Other film roles followed, including Get Over It, Snipes, and a featured part in the Britney Spears teen drama Crossroads, which offered Saldana's first major theatrical release. Widely panned by critics but performing moderately at the box office thanks to legions of Spears fans, Crossroads proved just the fuel needed to get Saldana's struggling feature career running. The following year, she was back on the big screen in Drumline, which found her once again utilizing her dance skills as a college dance major and love interest of the talented but conflicted protagonist. Though her subsequent role as the sole female pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean offered little screen time, her performance as the only woman able to cast a spell over Johnny Depp's charismatic Jack Sparrow offered one of the film's most memorable comic scenes. Back on the indie circuit, Saldana headlined the 2003 rock musical Temptation as a talented singer facing hard times. A brief turn as a by-the-books customs officer in Steven Spielberg's The Terminal found the charming Saldana slowly warming to an immigrant stuck in bureaucratic limbo (played by Tom Hanks).



She was the female lead in Guess Who in 2005 and continued to work steadily. However, in 2009 she broke through in a big way when she was cast as Uhura in J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot, and later that year she was the female lead in James Cameron's mega-smash Avatar. She followed that up with the action film The Losers in 2010, and was front and center in another action spectacle, Columbiana, the year after that. She reprised her role in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013, and played Gamora in the 2014 smash Guardians of the Galaxy, ensuring her place in yet another action franchise.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Avatar 5
  • Neytiri
2023
No Score Yet Avatar 2
  • Neytiri
2018
No Score Yet Avatar 3
  • Neytiri
2018
No Score Yet Avatar 4
  • Neytiri
2018
No Score Yet Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Gamora
2017
33% Live By Night
  • Graciella Suarez
2017
84% Star Trek Beyond
  • Uhura
2016
3% Nina
  • Executive Producer
  • Nina Simone
2016
No Score Yet Unity
  • Actor
2015
79% Infinitely Polar Bear
  • Maggie
2015
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Play All Day With Elmo
  • Actor
2015
82% The Book of Life
  • Maria
2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Gamora
2014
53% Blood Ties
  • Vanessa
2014
No Score Yet Rosemary's Baby
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
2014
53% Out of the Furnace
  • Lena Taylor
2013
86% Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Uhura
2013
62% Love, Marilyn
  • Actor
2012
24% The Words
  • Dora Jansen
2012
No Score Yet I Ain't Scared Of You: A Tribute To Bernie Mac
  • Actor
2012
27% Colombiana
  • Cataleya
2011
No Score Yet The Heart Specialist
  • Donna
2011
29% Burning Palms
  • Sarah Cotton
2011
28% Takers
  • Lilli
2010
49% The Losers
  • Aisha
2010
41% Death at a Funeral
  • Elaine
2010
No Score Yet Bone Deep
  • Actor
2010
83% Avatar
  • Neytiri
2009
95% Star Trek
  • Lt. Nyota Uhura
2009
8% The Skeptic
  • Cassie
2009
35% Vantage Point
  • Angie Jones
2008
No Score Yet Blackout
  • Claudine
2007
100% Premium
  • Charli
2007
No Score Yet After Sex
  • Kat
2007
13% Haven
  • Andrea
2006
No Score Yet La MaldiciĆ³n del padre Cardona
  • Flor
2006
8% Dirty Deeds
  • Rachel Buff
2005
43% Guess Who
  • Theresa
2005
0% Constellation
  • Rosa Boxer
2005
61% The Terminal
  • Torres
2004
79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Anamaria
2003
82% Drumline
  • Laila
2002
25% Snipes
  • Cheryl
2002
14% Crossroads
  • Kit
2002
No Score Yet Drumline (Special Edition)
  • Actor
2002
44% Get Over It
  • Maggie
2001
43% Center Stage
  • Eva
2000

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004-2016
  • Judge
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Belinca
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Gabrielle Vega
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet MTV First
2011-2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
Project Runway
2005-2015
  • Judge
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012
  • Guest
31% Rosemary's Baby
2014
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest

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