Actress Of The Day: ZOE SALDANA
What she’s in: STAR TREK coming out on May 8, 2009
Her Character: Uhura
Why we like her: Zoe Saldana is a talented and graceful actress. Her portrayal of a young Uhura should give her the exposure to pursue even more challenging parts in the future.
Zoe Saldana was born in New Jersey to a Puerto Rican mother and a Dominican father. Zoe enlisted in a ballet class at one of the most prestigious dancing schools in the country, gaining experience as a dancer, which benefited her later for her role in Center Stage. She returned to the United States after her sophomore year in high school and enrolled in the Faces Theater Program, an acting course.
Saldana was still a member of the program when she got her first screen experience on an episode of Law & Order, which aired October 13, 1999. She left school after her major film debut in Center Stage (2000), which subsequently led to appearances in the Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads (2002) and the comedy Drumline (2002). She played the tough pirate lass Anamaria in the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and has appeared in a number of television shows and movies, including The Terminal (2004) and Guess Who (2005). Saldana was also the lead in the video for Juan Luis Guerra’s song “La Llave de Mi Corazón”, and has recently been cast as Uhura in the upcoming Star Trek movie.
Read all our STAR TREK coverage here.