Actress Zoe Saldana has been in some of the biggest movies on the planet. She plays Gamora in the hugely successful Avengers: Infinity War. The movie made history with $258.2 million in North American ticket sales in its opening weekend. She’s also part of the highest-grossing movie of all time, Avatar. Saldana will reprise her roles in both franchises. She has four Avatar sequels in the works, with the first one due in 2020.
Saldana, of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, grew up in a bilingual home, speaking both English and Spanish. “I’m just as American as I am Latina,” she said. Saldana’s roots started in dancing, which helped her get her first movie role. At 22, she played the ballerina Eva in Center Stage. Two years later, she teamed up with Britney Spears and Shonda Rhimes for the fan favorite, Crossroads.
Saldana has more than 40 movies under her belt, including blockbuster franchises like Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy. She’s one of the top 50 highest-grossing actors. Her success has been recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Saldana, her husband, Marco Perego, and their three kids made an appearance during the special ceremony. “I feel so blessed … May this open more doors for latinx and all other under represented community,” Saldana wrote to her Instagram followers.
The actress/producer has launched a digital media company that will focus on empowering Latinos. "Latinos are a growing community in America, but Latino stories have remained historically marginalized," said Saldana. "I'm so excited to be leading a truly uplifting brand that fills a niche for young audiences craving positive portrayals of the modern Latino experience in America.”