Name: Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario
Born: June 19, 1978
Career and personal life of the actress Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana is an actress who was born in Passaic, New Jersey in the year 1978. Her full name is Zoe Yadira Saldana Nazario. Her father’s name is Aridio Saldana who is from Dominican Republic and her mother’s name is Asalia Nazario who is from Puerto Rico. Her first languages are English and Spanish. She spent most of her childhood days in Queens, Jackson Heights, and New York. Her father died in a car accident when she was 9 years old. And within couple of months, she and her mother shifted to Dominican Republic.
She has got huge interest in dancing and so joined in the Espacio de Danza Academy. There she learned Jazz, ballet and modern Latin dance. In 1995, she started performing with the theater group called FACES in Brooklyn. There she started providing messages for the teen through themes which are connected with the issues like adolescent sexuality and substance abuse. Then she acted with New York youth theater. Her dance training and acting experience helped her acting in her first film ‘ Center Stage ‘ in 2000 in which she played as ballet dancer.
Film career in the beginning:
She was still a member of FACES when she got exposure in the episode of Law & order which was first featured in 1999. After the movie ‘Center Stage’, she left the school. Later she appeared in the movie’ cross roads ‘ and ‘ Drumline ‘in 2002. Then she acted as Anamaria who is a female pirate in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl” in the year 2003. She acted in 3 more films in 2004 which include Haven, The Terminal and Temptation. In 2005, she played roles in Dirty deeds, Constellation and Guess Who movies. She also featured in movie called “ Premium “ in the year 2006.
Films from 2009 to 2014:
In 2009, she appeared in two high profile roles such as Uhura in the film Star Trek and the alien hunter in James Cameron’s “Avatar”. These two roles increased her profile substantially. In 2011, she acted in a romantic comedy movie named “The Heart Specialist” and then in one crime drama movie named “Colombiana”. In 2012, she acted in film named “The Words”. In 2013, a movie “Star Trek into Darkness” got released which is a sequel to the 2009 movie “Reboot”. In 2014, she acted in small television series called “Rosemary’s Baby”. Saldana will regain the role of Neytiri in Avatar 2 in 2015.
Saldana engaged to her long time boy friend Keith Britton in June, 2010. Keith Britton is an actor and CEO of My Fashion Database. In 2011, they announced they ended their 11 year relationship. Then in 2013, she began dating with Marco Perego, an Italian artist. They both got married in June 2013 in London secretly. She is a supporter of FINCA international which is a micro finance organization. She won some awards for the roles she played in movies and nominated for some other roles.