With over thirty-five nominations, five television series appearances, and over forty-five film credits to her name, it is very safe to declare Zoe Saldana one of Hollywood’s best actress of all time.
Saldana broke into stardom as a member of the theatre group, Faces. She became a superstar after performing with the group before a large audience. Following an impressive performance, she was offered her first on-screen role in the television series, Law & Order (1999). Zoe scored her first movie role the following year in Center Stage wherein she portrayed the character of a talented ballet dancer.
Being a phenomenal actress, Zoe went on to land more acting gigs, appearing in movies such as Get Over It as Maggie, Crossroads as Kit, Dirty Deeds as Rachel Buff, The Curse of Father Cardona as Flor, and many more. Her big break, however, came in 2009, when she was cast as Neytiri in the widely acclaimed science fiction film, Avatar and as Nyota Uhura in the 2009 space opera movie, Star Trek.
Over the course of her acting career, Zoe has featured in so many blockbusters films as well as several universally acclaimed television series. Her movie credits aren’t limited to Star Trek into Darkness (2013), Star Trek Beyond (2016), Colombiana (2011), Live by Night (2016) and, her rare acting talent has been noted in television series such as Law & Order: Special Victims (2004), Comedy Bang! Bang! (2013), and Rosemary’s Baby (2014). The star’s recent Hollywood films are In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Prior to the actress’ career in the movie industry, her first love was dancing. Saldana developed a strong love for dancing while she was living in the Dominican Republic. She later joined the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy to hone her dancing skills. While she was at the Academy, Zoe was taught various aspects of dance but she eventually developed a soft spot for ballet dance. The entertainer later stopped practicing ballet because she didn’t have the feet; this is according to what she told Vanity Fair Magazine in an interview.
Her Parents and Ethnicity
The actress/dancer’s full name is Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario. She is the daughter of Asalia Nazario (mother) and Aridio Saldaña (father). Zoe was born on the 19th day of June 1978 in the United States of America; precisely, in Passaic, New Jersey.
Her father, a Dominican and mother, a Puerto Rican, are also parents to Zoe’s two sisters called Mariel and Cisely. Of course, the actress and her siblings are of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rican descent. It is said that they have Haitian and Lebanese roots as well.
Actress Zoe Saldana was raised to be fluent in two languages – Spanish and English. She spent her early childhood in Jackson Heights, New York, and later relocated with her sisters and mother to the Dominican Republic after she lost her father in a car accident at the age of nine. Shortly after the actress completed her sophomore year in high school, her mother relocated with her children again to New York.
Who Are Zoe Saldana’s Husband and Kids?
Zoe Saldana is the wife of Marco Perego – a prominent Italian sculptor and painter. He is probably best known for painting the background of fashion designer Dolce & Gabbana’s 2008 “Where Fashion Meets Art” advert. Zoe’s husband had his first solo art show in New York City, where he reportedly sold paintings worth $30,000.
Nicknamed The Pirate, Marco was born on March 1, 1979, in Salò, Italy. Before he dabbled in art, he was a footballer and even played professionally until a leg injury forced him to abandon the profession.
The hunk artist and Zoe started dating in March 2013 and secretly tied the knot in June of the same year. Their marital relationship has produced three lovely sons – twins Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio Perego-Saldana who were born in 2014 and Zen Perego-Saldana (born 2017). The couple once shared that they intend to teach their children both Spanish and English because they want to speak both languages around them.
Before Marco, Zoe had a long-term relationship with actor Keith Britton. The pair got engaged in June 2010 but subsequently called it off sometime in November 2011. They spent eleven years together before their shocking separation. Saldana has also been romantically linked to American actor/producer Bradley Cooper, whom she dated from 2011 to 2013.