Zoe Saldana

BATD ON Feb 01, 2010 AT 3:15 pm

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

For many of us who have seen the blockbuster hit Avatar, one of our biggest questions is who plays Neytiri, the Na’vi princess and love interest of Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully. The answer is Zoë Saldana, one of Hollywood’s most popular rising stars.

Saldana got her start as a dancer in the Dominican Republic, where she spent most of her teenage years. This dancing career landed her a lead role in Center Stage, a role that gave her a name in film. Later starring in several films such as Drumline and Star Trek, she began earning praise from costars and directors. It was this hype that led James Cameron to Saldana to star in Avatar.

Zoe as Neytiri in Avatar

Zoe as Neytiri in Avatar

While being a part of a movie as huge as Avatar has skyrocketed her to stardom, Saldana has other claims to fame as well. An avid fashion fan, she has her own line of clothes and jewellery called Arasmaci, which is greatly inspired by her culture from the Dominican Republic. She also recently became the new face of Avon, joining the ranks of the beautiful Reese Witherspoon and gorgeous Jennifer Hudson.

We’ll make sure we keep an eye on this multi-talented movie star, especially in her upcoming films Takers, Burning Palms, The Losers and Death at a Funeral.

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