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->''"I just want to be a part of great stories, whether I'm part of an amazing [[EnsembleCast ensemble cast]] or I'm [[TheProtagonist leading it]] or [[TheAntagonist the antagonist]] or whatever."''

Zoe Saldana-Perego (born Zoe Yadira Zaldaña Nazario, June 19, 1978) is a Black Latina [[note]]her father is of Dominican descent and her mother is Puerto Rican[[/note]] -American actress, best known for playing [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Green-Skinned Space Babes]]. Most famous for appearing in blockbuster sci-fi films such as ''Film/StarTrek'' and its sequels, ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', and ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
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!!Partial Filmography:

* ''Film/{{Drumline}}'' (2002)
* ''[[Film/Crossroads2002 Crossroads]]'' (2002)
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' (2003) as Anamaria
* ''Film/TheTerminal'' (2004)
* ''Film/VantagePoint'' (2008)
* ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009) as Nyota Uhura
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' (2013)
** ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' (2016)
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' (2009) as Neytiri
* ''Film/TheSkeptic'' (2009)
* ''Film/TheLosers'' (2010)
* ''Film/DeathAtAFuneral'' (2010 remake)
* ''Film/{{Colombiana}}'' (2011)
* ''Film/TheWords'' (2012)
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse (2014 -- present) as ComicBook/{{Gamora}}
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' (2014)
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' (2017)
** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' (2018)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' (2014) as Maria Gabriela
* ''Film/LiveByNight'' (2016) as Graciela
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'' as Captain Celaeno
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!!Tropes associated with her include:

* ActionGirl: ''Film/TheLosers'', ''Film/{{Colombiana}}'', ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', even ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 My Little Pony]]... she's also easy to spot in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', as she's the lone female member of Jack Sparrow's crew.
* ActorAllusion: She has played Diego Luna's love interest in ''Film/TheTerminal'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''.
* {{BFG}}: Wields one in ''Film/TheLosers'' and an even bigger one in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2''.
* CastingGag: Playing Uhura when she had played a Trekkie in ''Film/TheTerminal''.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Her character Anamaria is never seen or heard from again after ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl''. Interestingly, the cast was told in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'' that Anamaria ''would'' appear at the ending of the film, so the shock and surprise of [[spoiler: Captain Barbossa]] greeting them was [[EnforcedMethodActing genuine]].
* ClusterFBomb: Any interview with her will automatically contain this.
* CreatorBacklash: [[invoked]] Against ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl''.
** She said, "Those weren't the right people for me. I'm not talking about the cast. The cast was great. I'm talking about the political stuff that went on behind closed doors. It was a lot of above-the-line versus below-the-line, extras versus actors, producers versus P As. It was very elitist. I almost quit the business. I was 23 years old, and I was like, "Fuck this!" I am never putting myself in this situation again. People disrespecting me because they look at my number on a call sheet and they think I'm not important. Fuck you."
** "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."
* DawsonCasting: Played high schoolers while in her early twenties in ''Film/Crossroads2002'' and ''Film/GetOverIt''. [[invoked]]
* DyeingForYourArt: [[invoked]]
** She also had to gain weight for ''Film/TheLosers''.
** For ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' she had to spend three hours in the make-up chair every morning. The alcohol based make-up also resulted in strange green discharges for months. What's more is that Zoe volunteered to go through the make-up process, rather than rely on CGI or motion capture.
* EnforcedMethodActing: To prepare for ''{{Film/Avatar}}'' the cast playing the Na'vi were put on a trip to Hawaii where they camped in the jungle and lived like a tribe would. Zoe even dressed up as a warrior and wore a fake tail like the one Neytiri would have. [[invoked]]
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: The most famous modern-day example.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Gamora claims she doesn't dance, and has to be taught how in the sequel. Zoe is a professionally trained ballerina. [[invoked]]
* MsFanservice: Her roles in ''Film/StarTrek'', ''Film/TheLosers'', ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' and especially ''Film/{{Colombiana}}''.
* OldShame: [[invoked]]
** Apparently she didn't like starring in ''Film/Crossroads2002''.
** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', not for the quality of the movie itself, but for personal issues she faced behind the scenes. She has said "they weren't the right people for me" and did not return for any of the sequels.
* OneOfUs: Describes herself as a sci-fi geek, listing ''{{Film/ET}}'', ''{{Film/Alien}}'', ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' and ''{{Film/Dune}}'' as her favourites. Ironically was not a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fan. [[invoked]]
* RomanceOnTheSet: While filming ''Film/TheWords'', she dated Creator/BradleyCooper for a bit. [[invoked]]
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Inverted. She starred in ''Film/StarTrek2009'' partly because her mother was a huge fan of the original series. [[invoked]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her name can be spelled Zoë Saldaña
* TypeCasting: She has starred in three franchises as a [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Green and Blue Skinned Space Babe]], leading to fans joking about how she needs to play a red-skinned character to get all the primary colours in. [[invoked]]
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