Zoe Saldana is an American actress who has emerged as one of the biggest stars in Hollywood over the past decade. She is best known for her roles in blockbuster franchises like Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Trek. With her box office success and acting talent, Zoe Saldana has amassed an impressive net worth.
Early Life and Background
Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey. Her father was Dominican and her mother was Puerto Rican. When she was 9 years old, her family moved to the Dominican Republic after her father was killed in a car accident. She later returned to the U.S. and was raised in Queens, New York. As a teenager, she performed with the New York Youth Theater group.
Zoe discovered her passion for dance and enrolled in the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy. She studied various forms of dance but eventually decided to pursue acting professionally. She appeared in an episode of Law & Order in 1999 which marked the beginning of her professional on-screen career.
Zoe Saldana’s first major movie role came in 2000 when she was cast in the drama film Center Stage. Her breakthrough came in 2003 when she played the role of Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
In 2009, she achieved worldwide fame when she played the role of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek. She went on to reprise this role in two more Star Trek films in 2013 and 2016.
But her biggest success came in 2009 with the sci-fi blockbuster Avatar by director James Cameron. She played the character of Neytiri, a female Na’vi. The movie became the highest-grossing film of all time and Zoe’s performance was praised. She has continued her association with Cameron, reprising her role as Neytiri in the upcoming Avatar sequels.
Zoe joined another major franchise in 2014 when she began playing Gamora in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Guardians of the Galaxy. She went on to reprise this role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.
Some of her other notable films include The Losers (2010), Colombiana (2011), Out of the Furnace (2013), Live by Night (2016), and I Kill Giants (2017). She has also acted in independent films like The Words (2012) and Nina (2016) where she played Nina Simone.
Earnings & Net Worth
According to reports, Zoe Saldana’s current net worth is estimated to be around $35 million. She reportedly earned $2 million for the first Star Trek movie. For Avatar, she was paid $3 million plus residuals which ended up totaling around $5 million.
For Guardians of the Galaxy, she signed a multipicture deal with Marvel which earned her a high seven figure salary. She is said to have earned $7-$8 million for the Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. Clearly, her roles in major blockbuster franchises contribute significantly to her wealth.
In addition to acting, Zoe earns from endorsement deals, sponsorships, and her production studio Cinestar Pictures which she founded with her sisters in 2011. With her lucrative movie deals lined up for the future including the Avatar sequels, Zoe Saldana’s net worth is poised to grow higher.
Zoe Saldana married Italian artist Marco Perego in 2013. They have three sons together – twins Bowie and Cy (born 2014) and Zen (born 2017). The family resides in Beverly Hills, California.
In her free time, Zoe stays active with ballet dancing which is one of her lifelong passions. She also enjoys activities like kickboxing, yoga, and hiking. She speaks English, Spanish and some French.
Height and Other Facts
- Zoe Saldana has a slim build and is 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 m) tall.
- Her natural hair color is black but she often dyes it other shades for movie roles.
- She holds American and Dominican citizenship.
- In 2016, Zoe was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- She is left-handed.
- Zoe has multiple tattoos on her body including phrases in Arabic, Sanskrit and Hebrew.
- She is an advocate for FINCA International, a nonprofit micro-finance organization.
- Zoe is also known for her impeccable fashion sense on the red carpet.
- Her upcoming projects after Avatar include a Frank Miller adaptation of the story Corto Maltese.
With her stunning looks, immense talent, box office appeal, and wise career choices, Zoe Saldana has established herself as one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood today. Her blockbuster movies and critically praised performances have led her to amass a net worth of $35 million and growing. She has become one of the most influential Latina stars through her illustrious career spanning over two decades.