A prolific actor in the science fiction and adventure film genres,
Saldana has starred in some of this generations’ biggest franchise
films. Comic book fans will know her best as Gamora from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, while Star Trek enthusiasts will recognize her as Uhura from the rebooted Star Trek film series. But her biggest role to date, objectively, is Neytiri from Avatar; the highest-grossing film of all-time. She is expected to reprise all three roles in their respective sequels.
But that’s not the end of Saldana’s comic credits, as she also played Aisha in DC's The Losers. Her other roles include Out of the Furnace (With The Dark Knight’s Christian Bale), Blood Ties, and Colombiana.
Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Saldana turns 37 today. Happy Birthday, Zoe Saldana.
ever-so-hot mama is another year older today, which means we have a
reason to fawn over her chic mommy styles (well, as if we really needed
one!). Saldana, who gave birth to twins Cy and Bowie in Nov. 2014, recently opened up to E! News about protecting her children's privacy and her body after babies—which, by the way, looks incredible. As for her post-pregnancy looks, well, the new mom is on sartorial fire.
green, we were emerald with envy when we spotted Zoe's Dolce &
Gabbana floral jacquard midi at the 2015 Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards.
The actress looks beautiful in a wine hue too, which she proved at The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood Luncheon sporting a high-necked Giamba design.
A summery all-white Altuzarra skirt suit was Saldana's look of choice for a Moet & Chandon celebration honoring tennis hero Roger Federer
(we covet her multicolored Christian Louboutin shoes). And the
mom-of-two cut a slim figure in a sleek Roland Mouret confection at the
Samsung Galaxy S6 launch party.
Zoe's epic post-baby style comeback occurred most notably during awards show season: She stunned at the 2015 Oscars in an Atelier Versace gown (and equally wowed us at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in a monochrome Prabal Gurung design).
who doesn't love a lady in red? Saldana opted for a layered Cushnie et
Ochs dress at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which she paired with
matching cherry-hued Kurt Geiger pumps.
More recently, she's
stepped out in a printed, one-shoulder Louis Vuitton number, proving
that even the avant-garde looks effortless when worn with confidence.
No, she identifies as Latina. She made it very clear in an article in MTV news that she is Dominican and that many people assume she is black because of her skin color, that where she is from skin color doesn't matter.
The cinematic universe has proven to limitless to Zoe
Saldana, who in recent summers has played pivotal roles in the new "Star
Trek" movie franchise and last year's mega blockbuster "Guardians of
This summer, though, the acclaimed actress is keeping
things down to Earth, quite literally, with the family drama
"Infinitely Polar Bear." But while her role is decidedly different than
Lt. Uhura and Gamora, Saldana said signing on to the film was more a
matter of happenstance than a conscious decision to play opposite ends
of the movie spectrum.
"I wish I was 'The Man with the Plan,' but
I'm really not that kind of artist. I never have a whole year lined up,"
Saldana told me in a recent interview. "Every now and then a project
will come, whether it comes in small independent package or in a big
studio package, and if I like the story and if I feel like it's going to
be a wonderful experience to be a part of it, then I'll start pursuing
Now playing in select cites and expanding throughout the U.S.
in July, "Infinitely Polar Bear" tells the story of Maggie (Saldana)
and Cam (Mark Ruffalo), a once happily-in-love couple with a pair of
young daughters (Ashley Aufderheide and Imogene Wolodarsky), whose
marriage eventually falls apart over Cam's inability to deal with his
Separating from Cam and struggling as a single
mother with the girls in small apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
Maggie, stressed and broke, comes up with a solution: If she can attend
business school at Columbia University and earn an MBA in 18 months, she
can ensure a better life for daughters. However, she can only do it
with the help of Cam -- that is if he can take responsibility of his
daughters as well as himself -- while she's away in New York.
Saldana said once she read the script by writer-director Maya Forbes, she was desperate to do the film.
just kept reading the script over and over again -- it was so beautiful
and spoke to me on so many levels. It was real, so I wanted to be a
part of it and do the character justice because it was so special to
me," Saldana said. "It deals with a very heavy subject with bi-polar
disorder. So many people are affected by it, yet we know so little
about it. Maya captured it in a very beautiful way because not every
scene is about Cam's condition. Every scene is about her father and her
mother, and her sister and herself. The dad has this condition, but he's
a great guy and he tries hard every day. That's what I loved."
If that wasn't enough, Saldana, 37, said stories of father-daughter relationships always resonate with her on a personal level.
lost my dad when I was very young, so I'm a sucker for stories having
to do with daughters and fathers. I just had to be a part of this," said
Saldana, who just had twin sons in November with her husband, Marco
"Infinitely Polar Bear's" approach is unique in that,
while the film is set in 1978, it doesn't draw any attention to Maggie
and Cam being a bi-racial couple. In fact, apart from one brief scene
where Maggie discusses her black heritage with one of her daughters,
race is not mentioned throughout the entire picture. Saldana, whose
mother is Puerto Rican and late father was Dominican, said she's glad
Forbes didn't turn the film into a racial discussion.
In a day an
age where the subject of race is broached on many different levels
daily, I told Saldana how refreshing it was to see Maggie and Cam not portrayed
as a black parent and white parent (and nearly 40 years ago, no less)
struggling with their marriage and who both love their children; but
simply as parents struggling with their marriage and who both love their children.
so happy that you mentioned that. I always wait for people to mention
race in order for us to talk about it," Saldana told me. "Race is not a
subject that I spend a lot of time with because I don't want to, unless
it's done in the right way. That's what I loved about this film, because
it reminded me of the way I grew up. My father was much darker than my
mother, but it was never about that growing up at home. They never
mentioned anything about color unless we were painting on paper or
deciding what we wanted to wear. It was never about the skin color of
Saldana said Forbes grew up in the same way, which gave the film the proper insight of not making an issue out of race.
tell more stories where people make an issue out of it, and generally
those stories are by outsiders looking in," Saldana observed. "But the
people who were in it -- and whatever the case may be, whether it had to
do with their race, gender or growing up with two parents of the same
sex -- it was never about that. When you're in it, you're not talking
about it, you're simply living it."
Effectively, that's how
Saldana could tell how Forbes' script was authentic -- something the
actress doesn't get with every screenplay she reads.
something I always point out to writers. I can tell with stories when a
person of a certain culture is writing about a foreign culture because
they point out on every page and every scene something about the foreign
culture," Saldana said. "It's like when a white writer writes about one
character is black. They will have a white character at some point make
a joke or a statement about their color. You can tell who the writer is
without knowing them."
But when the writer does get it right,
like Forbes does with "Infinitely Polar Bear," it's an exhilarating
feeling, Saldana added.
"When we're talking about art and actors,
we're hired to be chameleons. We're hired to do a job and if we do it
well, you're not going to see me, you're going to see the character I'm
trying my hardest to bring to life," Saldana said. "So when that can be
seen or pointed out, or I've been told that I've accomplished that, then
I know that the writer has gets it and I'm on the right path. It just
makes me feel really good to be doing what I do."
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