The Best Movies of Zoe Saldana

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American-born Zoe Saldana is an actress you haven’t seen in a movie only if you lived under a rock in the past 15 years. Her looks would imply that she came from somewhere exotic, but that is because her father is Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She appeared in almost every movie franchise there is. An actress who has a huge range is incredibly focused and determined to work on projects that artistically push her with a broad range of subjects and personalities. Just about everybody whom she has worked with will have positive things to say about her, and friendships and respect from her colleagues are often mentioned.

Brief History of Zoe Saldana

She was born in New Jersey, in 1978 but was raised in Queens, New York. The whole family went to the Dominican Republic from the age of 10 to 17. It is there she learned how to dance and developed a love for theater. At 17, she returned to the United States, where her performances for a theater troupe landed her a role in her first movie, Center Stage in 2010. After that, Hollywood blockbusters and box office hits lined one after another. She invested in herself, as she is very well introduced to martial arts, archery, horseback riding, and other skills needed for her roles. Let’s see in which movies she managed to display these talents.

Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water

In the film Avatar, human exploitation of Pandora’s resources causes environmental degradation and hardship to the Na’vi. If you wonder who Na’vi’s you should look up many of the fan pages of the movie. Also, if you are looking for the best slots online, visit The movie and its well-received sequel serve as a reminder for people to respect nature and the environment. Famous director James Cameron selected exactly Saldana for the role of Neytiri and he made an excellent choice. She brought the character to life and the audience loved it. Avatar became one of the most important movies in modern cinematography, breaking many records.

Marvel Cinematic Universe – Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War, and Endgame 

The greatest movie franchise at the moment, Marvel superheroes wouldn’t be complete without Zoe. She took the role of Gamora, an adopted daughter of the supervillain Thanos who becomes a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. The character Saldana plays is a very difficult task, and we are not talking only about the numerous hours needed for Gamora’s body paint. As a conflicted stepdaughter of a tyrannical madman set to erase half of the universe’s population she has to stop him, and she teams up with Starlord, played by Chris Pratt. She even has a heartbreaking moment in Infinity Wars, without spoiling it for you we urge you to watch it!

Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond 

As a Trekkie herself (nickname for the fan of the franchise), it must have been a dream job for Zoe when she was cast as Uhura. Star Trek reboot in 2009 was highly anticipated by fans, and it delivered 3 movies for them. To prepare for the role, she met with Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played the original Uhura. Since Saldana prefers the role of strong female characters, this one was a natural fit for her. Her co-stars were Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others.


Besides these movies, Saldana starred in Colombiana, The Loosers, Amsterdam, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and many more. She is the first ever and only actress in the history of filmmaking that achieved to star in four movies that earned more than two billion dollars at the box office. Avatar and Avengers movies made those earnings, and her roles as Gamora and Neytiri contributed greatly to that. As a still young actress, with so many hits and blockbusters in her career, she is already a very reputable movie star. And did we mention that she has had one on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 2018? Be sure to watch her movies.

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