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Zoe Saldana has starred in some of the biggest movies ever made from her early beginnings in small supporting roles to her current reign as the queen of the science fiction genre.
She has an incredibly impressive filmography to her name Zoe Saldana is one of those actors who brightens up any project she is involved in she has an effortless charm and power onscreen which she’s used in a variety of roles beyond the silver screen this a-list beauty has a flair for mystery keeping her private life well private until she’s ready to open up.
10 Things Know About Zoe Saldana.
1 She Speaks Multiple Languages
Born to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother Saldana speaks both English and Spanish however since meeting and married Italian artist Marco Borrego Zoe Saldana has also made a concerted effort to learn her husband’s language. Zoe Saldana is now semi-fluent in Italian with both herself and her husband Perego having elected to speak to their children in all three languages in the hopes that the little ones will also be multilingual come adulthood.
2 Her First Job Was At Burger King
We all have to start somewhere and for Saldana, It was at a fast-food restaurant her first job was at burger king where Zoe Saldana liked working the drive-through before she quit her job Zoe Saldana claimed she was constantly fired for giving food to homeless people but she’d get rehired regularly because they were low on staff she told us weekly.
” I think I was very empathetic when homeless people came in so I was always giving them food and I would get caught.”
3 She Wanted To Be a Ballerina
Along with before she embarked on an acting career. Zoe Saldana was busy trying to make it as a ballerina in fact if things had worked the way. She had hoped she may never have turned to act after her father sadly died in a vehicle accident.
When she was nine her family moved to the Dominican Republic where she attended the eco’sespacio to Danza academy there she studied various forms of dance and found her first passion in Balle however she eventually grew disillusioned with the world of dance explaining this decision she said “In dance, you use every part of your body except your voice. I wanted to start acting because I wanted to use my voice.”
4 Her First Debut
Zoe Saldana was discovered by a talent agent at the new york youth after she made her television debut in 1999 with two episodes of Law and Order. One year later, Zoe Saldana made her big-screen debut in the ballet drama center stage. She worked steadily over the next decade but her big breakout role didn’t come until 2009 When she was cast in the Reboot of Startrek.
5 Pirates Of The Caribbean
Almost made her quit acting Saldana had not yet completed five years in the acting industry when she landed what appeared to be a dream role in the early 2000s.
She was cast as Annamarie of the Pirate in the curse of the black pearl the first installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise the film was a smash hit around the world however Saldana revealed that the success of the film was built on the backs of behind-the-scenes bickering that drove her to almost quit acting for good she told the Hollywood reporter “Those weren’t the right people for me. I’m not talking about the cast. The cast was great.”
“I’m talking about the political stuff that went on behind closed doors. It was a lot of above-the-line versus below-the-line, extras versus actors, producers versus PAs.”
“It was very elitist. I almost quit the business.”
6 Her Mother Confuses Her With Thandie Newton
Zoe Saldana and Thandie Newton look so much alike that even their family members can’t tell them apart during a 2019 appearance on the late late show with James Corden Saldana recounted how her mother believes she stars in Westworld the hit HBO Sci-fisheries in which newton plays a character named Maeve “She was like, ‘Your show is on HBO! And I was like, ‘Which one?’ She goes, ‘Westworld!’
I was like, ‘When are you going to understand I am not Thandie newton.” And the confusion goes both ways as victoria Beckham reportedly mistook newton for Saldana in 2018. Upon realizing her mistake newton shared on the graham Norton show “Victoria was absolutely mortified. It was actually okay as Zoe is a rare beauty. But really? Up close? Come on! And I’m English.
7 She Did Her Own Stunts And Guardians Of The Galaxy
Very rarely do actors especially in the MCU do their own stunts because of how taxing the choreography is there are backflips and some results some characters are pounded face down into the ground while others have epic action sequences most of these scenes require professional stunt and body doubles to take over if they’re too dangerous for actors to engage in but often some actors are firm in their decision to put in the work themselves, Zoe Saldana is one of them.
She didn’t just sit back and let her stun double handle everything writer-director James Gunn shared to witter “We have competent talented stunt doubles for both Zoe and Palm. That being said @Zoe Saldana does do way more than most- wire gags and fighting most can’t or won’t do.”
8 She Regrets Playing Nina Simone
Her portrayal of civil rights activist and jazz musician Nina Simone in the picked Nina stirred up national controversy critics screamed whitewashing for many Saldana whose ethnic background includes Dominican and Puerto Rican ancestry did not fit the image of Nina sim one additionally she wore a prosthetic nose and skin darkening make up for the role while She initially defended her decision to play Simone she’s now changed her tune in a recent interview with bees Saldana apologized for her decision and said:
“I should have never played Nina I should have done everything in my power with the leverage that I had 10years ago, which was different leverage but it was leverage nonetheless.”
“I should have done everything in my power to cast a black woman to play an exceptionally perfect black woman.”
9 She Can Move Her Eyeballs In A Different Direction
Every celebrity is famous for something whether it’s acting or singing our favorite Hollywood starlets are obviously very talented or else they wouldn’t be famous but so many celebrities have offstage talents as well for Saldana, she can make each of her eyes move in a different direction.
10 She Wishes She Had A Private Jet
Zoe Saldana once revealed if she had a wish she’d get a private plane so she can wrangle her three kids better on long flights she told us weekly it’s a lot of work when you have three kids “Sitting on a flight and feeling absolutely terrible that you are making people around you uncomfortable because your kids won’t sit in their seats, they won’t put their seat belts on, they want tv, but they don’t want the headphones on.”
“It’s hours of torture, and they’re in a confined place with strangers.”
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