Receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last spring, Zoe Saldana is herself the epitome of a true star in Hollywood, earning a reputation as a versatile and respected actress by choosing roles that she feels passionately about. Her most recent “role” advocates her enthusiasm for new beverage brand Planet Oat Oatmilk, a non-dairy milk alternative with no added sugar. Zoe talks about the rich and creamy oatmilk as highly versatile serving as a standalone drink or as an ingredient for cooking.
Addtionally, Zoe recently reprised her role as the fan-favorite ‘Gamora,’ in 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity Wars,” which became the first superhero film to gross over $2 billion worldwide and became the fourth-highest grossing film of all time. Saldana is the only actress in history to star in multiple movies that have passed the $2 billion worldwide mark. Additionally, she starred in the independent drama “I Kill Giants” directed by Anders Walter based on the comic book of the same name. Saldana also lent her talents as the voice of Captain Celaeno in the animated Lionsgate film, “My Little Pony: The Movie” and will again lend her voice in 2019 in the animated Laika Entertainment film “Missing Link” as adventurer Adelina Fortnight opposite Hugh Jackman, Emma Thompson, and Zach Galifianakis.
Saldana is currently focused on BESE (prounced “Bee-Seh”), her digital platform reshaping the cultural narrative by shining light on the untold stories that reflect today’s America. This platform provides a voice to Latinx youth through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as YouTube videos and podcasts. BESE fills a niche for young LATINX audiences craving positive portrayals of the modern AMERICAN experience.
In 2017, Saldana was once again seen opposite Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper in Marvel’s “Guardians of The Galaxy 2,” where she again, stared as the franchise’s lethal alien assassin, ‘Gamora’. The movie was a blockbuster success grossing over $863 million worldwide, making it the eight-highest grossing film of 2017.
Saldana is best known in her starring role as ‘Neytiri’ in the record breaking film, “Avatar,”James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller, co-starring Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington. “Avatar” quickly became the highest grossing film of all time, winning the 2010 Golden Globe for Best Director and Best Picture. “Avatar” went on to receive a total of nine 2010 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture. Saldana is currently in production on the film’s highly anticipated sequels "Avatar 2, 3 and 4" slated for a 2019 release.
Saldana’s other film credits include “Infinitely Polar Bear,” “Blood Ties,” “Out of the Furnace,” “The Words,” “Colombiana,” “Takers” and “Death at A Funeral” as well as her breakout role in the film “Center Stage.” Her television credits include appearances on the television reboot of“Rosemary’s Baby,” the WB’s “Keeping It Real,” and NBC’s, “Law & Order.”
When not in production, Saldana engages in meaningful philanthropic work involving children’s development, well-being and confidence building. Saldana has been very vocal in her involvement with Brave Beginnings. The organization focuses on bringing essential life-saving equipment and services to seriously ill children and their families. Brave Beginnings specifically works to ensure ventilators and life-saving neonatal equipment are always available to newborns in critical need. Annually, Brave Beginnings provides grants for essential neonatal intensive care equipment such as critical airway carts, infant resuscitators, incubators, omnibeds and much more.
Saldana is also the Global Ambassador for Shot@Life. Shot@Life aims to ensure that children around the world have access to life-saving vaccines. Through education, advocacy and fundraising, they strive to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at a healthy life no matter where they live. It is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, which builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach.
Additionally, Saldana also lends her support to The Step Up Network – an organization which works to propel young women from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound and career-focused leaders. The organization offers effective after school programs as well as influential mentorships. Each year the organization holds their Annual Inspiration Awards Gala in which Saldana was honored in 2014.
Saldana was born and raised in New York. When not on location, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three boys.