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Creator / Zoe Saldaña

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"I just want to be a part of great stories, whether I'm part of an amazing ensemble cast or I'm leading it or the antagonist or whatever."

Zoë Yadira Saldaña Perego (née Saldaña Nazario, born June 19, 1978) is an American actress of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent.

She is best known for playing Green-Skinned Space Babes. Most famous for appearing in blockbuster sci-fi films such as Star Trek (2009) and its sequels (not as a Green-Skinned Space Babe here), Avatar, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy. She has starred in a staggering four of the only six films to cross over $2 Billion at the box-office to date (Avatar, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Avatar: The Way of Water).

She has been married to Italian artist Marco Perego since 2013, and they have three sons together. The couple adopted each others' surnames as a part of their own upon marrying.

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Tropes associated with her include:

  • Creator Backlash:
    • She apparently she didn't like starring in Crossroads (2002).
    • She didn't enjoy appearing in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, not for the quality of the movie itself, but for personal issues she faced behind-the-scenes, and did not return for any of the sequels. Given that it was also one her first experiences with a big-budget Hollywood film, she was nearly tempted to quit acting altogether because of how disheartening it was.
    "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 PAs. 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."
    • She also expressed regret for playing Nina Simone in 2020 following the George Floyd protests, which triggered a media reckoning to try to reassess any potential racism in existing media and prevent any racially insensitive practices in the production of future media, which would include casting actors that fully match the ethnicity of the character they are playing.
  • Dawson Casting: Played high schoolers while in her early twenties in Crossroads (2002) and Get Over It. invoked
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She goes barefoot in several of her movies, and seems to do so often in real life as well.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: invoked
    • She had to gain weight for The Losers.
    • For the Guardians of the Galaxy films, 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.
  • Enforced Method Acting: To prepare for 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
  • Fake Nationality:invoked She plays a Bolivian in The Losers and a Colombian in Colombiana.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: The most famous modern-day example. She has played one with blue skin in Avatar and green in Guardians of the Galaxy, leading to fans joking that she needs to play a red-skinned one to get all the primary colours in.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Gamora claims she doesn't dance, and has to be taught how in the sequel. Zoe is a professionally trained ballerina.invoked