Zoe Yadira Saldana Nazario was born on 19 June 1978, in Passaic, New Jersey USA, of Dominican (father) and Puerto Rican (mother) descent, and as Zoe Saldana is a popular actress, producer and also a dancer, perhaps best known from her for appeariances in such movies as “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, “Avatar”, “Star Trek Into Darkness”, and “Guardians of the Galaxy”. During her successful career, Zoe has been nominated for and has won several awards. Some of them include Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Teen Choice Award, People’s Choice Award, Scream Award, and Empire Award. Now Zoe is considered to be one of the best contemporary actresses.
So how rich is Zoe Saldana? It is estimated that Zoe’s net worth is $14 million, with the main source of her wealth being her career as an actress. In addition to this, her activities as a producer and dancer have also contributed to her net worth. As her popularity has been growing in recent years, there is no doubt that Zoe will become even more successful.
Zoe Saldana Net Worth $14 Million
When Zoe was still a young girl, she became interested in dancing and started attending the “ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy”. Later she and her family moved to New York, and there she became a part of the “New York Youth Theater”. Soon Zoe was noticed by one of the talent agencies, and in 1999 she appeared in the television show called “Law & Order”. It was just a short appearance, but one year later Zoe was cast in the movie entitled “Center Stage”. This was the time when Zoe’s net worth began growing. In 2002 she appeared in another movie, called “Crossroads”, in which she had an opportunity to meet Britney Spears, Taryn Manning, Anson Mount, Dan Aykroyd and others. The movie gained huge success and added a lot to Zoe’s net worth. One year later Saldana received one of her most significant roles in the famous movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”. Another very important turn in her career was in 2009, when she decided to act in the movie called “Star Trek”. During the filming of this movie, Zoe worked with such actors as John Cho, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg and others. This movie also had a huge impact on the growth of Zoe Saldana’s net worth.
In the same year Zoe acted in one of the best movies of all time, “Avatar”. There is no doubt that the success and popularity of this movie added a lot to her personal popularity, and also helped her to become one of the most acclaimed contemporary actresses in the industry, plus adding to her net worth. Some of Zoe’s most recent works include “Blood Ties”, “Infinitely Polar Bear” and “Nina”.
In addition to these appearances, Zoe also worked on the video game called “Star Trek”, and has appeared in such television shows as “Six Degrees”, “”Rosemary’s Baby” and “Comedy Bang! Bang!”. These activities also added to Saldana’s net worth.
If to talk about Zoe’s personal life, it can be said that in 2010 she and her boyfriend Keith Britton became engaged. Sadly, they soon ended their relationship. Later she also had a relationship with Bradley Cooper. However, in 2013 Zoe married Marco Perego, and they have two children. All in all, Zoe Saldana is one of the most successful and acclaimed actresses. She has portrayed numerous different roles, and now has a lot of experience which is one reason why she is so popular now. Zoe has fans all over the world and there is a high chance that she will gain even more fans in the future, and increase her net worth.
Returned to work 7 months after giving birth to her twins Cy and Bowie to begin filming Star Trek Beyond (2016).
Gave birth to her twin sons (her first and second children) at age 36, Cy Aridio Perego-Saldana and Bowie Ezio Perego-Saldana on November 27, 2014 in Los Angeles. Children's father is her husband, Marco Perego Saldana.
Says she's a sci-fi geek who just happens to dress nice.
Likes to play strong female characters. And said in an interview with a Danish film-site that she was really looking forward to evolving her character of Uhura into a stronger, kick-ass lady in future Star Trek (2009) sequels.
Did an intense nonstop six-month preparation for Avatar (2009) including martial arts, archery and horseback riding.
To prepare for her role as Nyota Uhura in Star Trek (2009), she met with Nichelle Nichols who played the same character on the original series.
Had not seen the original Star Trek (1966) series before she was cast in Star Trek (2009).
In The Terminal (2004), Saldana's character, Torres, is revealed to be a huge Star Trek fan. Saldana went on to be cast as Nyota Uhura in Star Trek (2009).
Ranked #42 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2008 list.
Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She has also said that she has Haitian and Lebanese ancestry.
It doesn't matter how much backlash I will get for it. I will honor and respect my black community because that's who I am.
When you are shooting a film like Blood Ties (2013), when the budget is not as big and you are shooting in a city like New York, which is a very expensive city, all the budget goes into the movie and you just make compromises. You are happy to do so because you are collaborating with amazing people. It is a good day at the office. The office might be smaller but it is good.
[on expanding her career to become a film director] It is more satisfying. You are more of a participant in the conception. I like having control. I think I have the capability. I am a storyteller and an artist and I love what I do. So I want to be part of it more and not just show up and say my lines.
[on her dislike of making Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)] I didn't like the experience of working on Pirates and I feel that it is my job to be completely honest. To me, that's what a Hollywood movie felt like. If that's what I have to witness, and have to go through, to do a Hollywood movie, I'd rather do something else. It was just too massive. You really felt the immensity of it. Just not my taste.
I love sex. I love skin. I don't believe the body is something to hide. I think in American society we're messing up our kids by taking away the education on, and awareness of, our sexuality and replacing it with violence, guns and video games - and we're breeding little criminals.
... I will say is that my Avatar (2009) character, Neytiri, has been the most challenging of my entire career - physically, mentally and spiritually. It's the first time I played a non-human, I had to learn a different language, and it was hard to part with her at the end. No matter how intense other characters have been, I've only been in their skins for at most four months - never a year and a half.
[on James Cameron creating strong female characters] I don't know if its something that he's been consciously aware of, to be honest. What do know is that he's been impacted by interesting women all his life, because you can tell he's in tune with his feminine side. I've learned this about men who write good roles for women - there's a very beautiful sentimentality to them. Their exteriors are sugarcoated with this manly presence, but deep on the inside, there's also this [fragility]. During the shortness of my career, I've managed to work with Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and now Jim - all directors who are known for having strong female protagonists. They don't feel diminished by it as men; they can tap into the complexities of how woman really are.
[on the current landscape of quality roles for actresses] They're out there - people just aren't investing in them. We can sit here forever discussing it, because it has a chicken vs. the egg quality. Bottom line, producers are business people. Hollywood is a moneymaking machine. At the end of the day, they have to produce numbers that will help them keep their jobs and companies alive. But we as consumers have a lot more power than we think. Women need to demand better roles and get audiences to see their films. Because if a film doesn't make $150 million, producers and studios aren't going to bankroll a similar film next time. If there were more filmmakers that were female, trust me, it would be all about women.
[on auditioning for Avatar (2009)] I was still living in New York at the time, and I heard that James Cameron was getting ready to shoot a movie. At first, I thought it was going to be that Japanese franchise that he owns; I read for that and it disappeared. Then, like a month later, they want to put me back on tape... the script excerpts used for auditions were about this girl from a tribe in the jungle and I was like, this is weird. But I put myself on tape again and, a month later, around July 2006, they called me and told me that in a week, I was going to L.A. to meet James Cameron. I remember being very nervous, but he was just such a polite and approachable person. It felt like a meeting where we were getting to know each other, as opposed to an audition, where I have to put my act on.
I tend to be very picky, so I look for the perfect man! So if Spock and Kirk can mix, they'd become my perfect man. That's the kind of guy I'd go for. I don't only go for muscles, I don't only go for brains. You just need to have a little bit of a bad boy and a geek and then you've got the perfect guy.
When I go to the D.R., the press in Santo Domingo always asks, "¿Qué te consideras, dominicana o americana?" (What do you consider yourself, Dominican or American?) I don't understand it, and it's the same people asking the same question. So I say, time and time again, "Yo soy una mujer negra." ("I am a black woman.") [They go] "Oh, no, tú eres trigueñita." ("Oh no, you are 'dark skinned'") I'm like, "No! Let's get it straight, yo soy una mujer negra." ("I am a black woman.")