Receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this past spring, ZOE
SALDANA recently reprised her
role as the fan favorite 'Gamora,' in Avengers: Infinity Wars. Saldana stars
with Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel
and Bradley Cooper in Marvel's box office powerhouse Guardians of The Galaxy
franchise, playing the
lethal alien assassin 'Gamora'. She starred in Live by Night, directed by Ben
Affleck and has played
'Uhura' in the three films in the Star Trek franchise. Saldana is perhaps best
known for her starring
role as 'Neytiri in the record-breaking film Avatar, James Cameron's sci-fi
thriller and is currently in
production on the film's three highly anticipated sequels. Other film credits
include Infinitely Polar Bear,
Blood Ties, Out of the Furnace, The Words, Colombiana, Takers, Death at A
Funeral and Center Stage.
She recently launched BESE (pronounced "Bee-Seh") a digital platform intended
to reshape the cultural
narrative by shining light on the untold stories that reflect today's America.
This platform will provide
a voice to Latinx youth through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as youtube
videos and podcasts.
BESE fills a niche for young Latinx audiences craving positive modern
portrayals. Saldana is spending
time behind the camera with her film production company Cinestar. Founded with
her two sisters,
Cinestar produced the NBC Miniseries Rosemary's Baby as well as The AOL Digital
series My Hero.
Additionally, Saldana teamed up with the millennial mom-geared network
Awestruck to create digital
content for AwesomenessTV. Partnering with Awestruck on both unscripted and
Cinestar will executive-produce two series and create a YouTube channel for the
The lifestyle network is scheduled to debut later this year on YouTube, Facebook
video and Verizon's
upcoming Go90 video service.
When not in production, Saldana engages in meaningful philanthropic work
development, well-being and confidence building. Saldana has been very vocal in
her involvement with
Brave Beginnings. The organization focuses on bringing essential life-saving
equipment and services to
seriously ill children and their families. Brave Beginnings specifically works
to ensure ventilators and
life-saving neonatal equipment are always available to newborns in critical
need. Annually, Brave
Beginnings provides grants for essential neonatal intensive care equipment such
as critical airway carts,
infant resuscitators, incubators, omnibeds and much more. Saldana is also the
Global Ambassador for
Shot@Life. Shot@Life aims to ensure that children around the world have access
to life-saving vaccines.
Through education, advocacy and fundraising, they strive to decrease
deaths and give every child a shot at a healthy life no matter where they live.
It is a campaign of the
United Nations Foundation, which builds public-private partnerships to address
the world's most
pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy
and public outreach.
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