Zoe Yadira Saldana Nazario Biography & Net Worth
An American actress, dancer, and producer, Zoe Yadira Saldana Nazario was born on June 19, 1978, in Passaic, New Jersey. Zoe is of Latin American descent, with her mother, Asalia Nasario, being Puerto Rican and her father, Aridio Saldana, Dominican.
Raised in Queens, New York, Zoe spent her childhood in one of the most diverse urban neighborhoods in the world. As a result, Zoe developed the taste for diversity from an early age, which significantly influenced her personality and character.
Below, you can discover why Zoe Saldana truly stands out in Hollywood as both an actress and a film producer. And, learning more details about her career in Hollywood, find out what Zoe Saldana’s net worth amounts to in 2019.
Early Career of Zoe Saldana
Living in the Dominican Republic during her teenage years, Zoe Saldana joined the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy. While studying there, she learned different types of dance, with ballet being her favorite type of performance dance. Later, Zoe Saldana quit ballet, admitting that she didn’t want to settle for joining corps de ballet as her career.
After her family’s return to New York, Zoe Saldana decided to join the Faces, a Brooklyn theater group, in 1995. There, she appeared in plays that sent positive messages for the youth on topics like adolescent sexuality and substance abuse. Simultaneously, Zoe performed at the New York Youth Theater, where a talent agency noticed her performance and eventually recruited her.
In 2000, Zoe Saldana appeared in the American teen drama film Center Stage, which became her film debut. In this film, Zoe Saldana portrayed Eva Rodriguez, an unyielding and talented ballet student striving to win a dance workshop. Thanks to her dancing and acting background, Zoe Saldana soon landed more roles, co-starring in Crossroads and Drumline in 2002.
Appearing in the 2004 comedy-drama film The Terminal, Zoe Saldana has reached a pivotal moment in her acting career. In this film, co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, she played the role of a Star Trek fan Dolores Torres. Her performance in this role would later help Zoe Saldana to land a role in the 2009 Star Trek reboot.
Following her appearance in The Terminal, Zoe Saldana performed in the 2005 comedy films Dirty Seeds and Guess Who. Soon, she also appeared in the drama film Constellation as well as in the comedy-drama films Premium and After Sex. In 2007, Zoe Saldana starred in the television film Blackout set in Brooklyn during the 2003 Northeastern Blackout.
Career Highlights for Zoe Saldana
In 2009, director J. J. Abrams asked Zoe Saldana to appear in his reboot of the Star Trek movie franchise. Having liked the actress’s performance as a Trekkie in The Terminal, he wanted Zoe to play a younger Nyota Uhura. After receiving the positive acclaim for her previous work from J. J. Abrams, Zoe Saldana agreed to play the role.
From the moment she accepted the role, Zoe Saldana showed great dedication to portray Nyota Uhura as accurately as possible. She consulted Nichelle Nichols, who played the character in the original Star Trek, to better understand Nyota Uhura’s character background. Zoe Saldana also benefited from her mother being a Star Trek fan, who helped her with advice on the role.
The 2009 Star Trek reboot was a success, and Zoe Saldana’s performance as Nyota Uhura received positive acclaims as well. The actress reprised this role again in the 2013 and 2016 sequels Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond. Zoe Saldana was the voice actor representing her character Nyota Uhura in the 2013 Star Trek video game as well.
In 2009, Zoe Saldana also starred in the highly acclaimed James Cameron’s Avatar, playing the role of princess Neytiri. For her performance in the film, she received the Saturn Award for Best Actress at the 36th Saturn Awards ceremony. It is expected that Zoe Saldana will reprise the role of Neytiri in all the four planned sequels to Avatar.
In 2014, Zoe Saldana played superhero Gamora, a fictional character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Guardians of the Galaxy. Both the hit film and Zoe Saldana’s performance as Gamora received positive acclaims, leading to Zoe’s nomination for multiple awards. She then appeared as Gamora again in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and in Avengers: Endgame.
Zoe Saldana Net Worth
Being selective about the roles she plays, Zoe Saldana has starred in iconic films, such as Star Trek and Avatar. As a result, most of Zoe Saldana’s net worth comes from her appearances in high-grossing movies. Yet, acting alone doesn’t fully encompass Zoe Saldana’s career in entertainment.
On top of being a talented actress, she has also recently established herself as an aspiring producer and influencer. Along with her sisters Cisely and Mariel, Zoe Saldana co-founded the production company Cinestar Pictures, making it a family-run business. Together, they have so far produced the miniseries Rosemary’s Baby for NBC and the digital series My Hero for AOL.
Zoe Saldana is also the founder and CEO of the digital media company BESE, which is her other ambitious startup. The company’s mission is to give voice to the Latino community in America trough positive portrayals of its modern experience. As such, BESE aims to reduce the historically traditional marginalization of the stories of the Latino community in America.
Both of Zoe Saldana’s startups are first and foremost social initiatives. With time, however, they have the potential to generate revenue for her net worth. As of 2019, Zoe Saldana’s net worth seems to amount to approximately $20 million.
Zoe Saldana Interesting Facts
Zoe Saldana has three sons, named Cy, Bowie, and Zen, with her husband Marco Perego Saldana.
Zoe Saldana has humbly described herself as “a sci-fi geek who just happens to dress nice.”
Among her numerous awards is a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Zoe was awarded on May 3, 2018.
Zoe Saldana has become the first actress to ever star in two movies that made more than 2 billion dollars.