Zoe Yadira Salda Nazario (born June 19, 1978), known by her stage name as Zoe Saldana or Zoe Saldana, is an American actress. She had her breakthrough role in the 2000 film Center Stage and the 2002 film Crossroads. She later gained prominence for her roles as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek, and a starring role as Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar. She also had a lead role in the action film Colombiana. Saldana was born Zoe Yadira Salda Nazario in Passaic, New Jersey. Her father, Aridio Salda (d. 1987), was Dominican, and her mother, Asalia Nazario, is Puerto Rican. Her first languages are Spanish and English. She spent the majority of her early childhood growing up in Queens, New York.
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