Zoe Saldana has been mesmerizing movie goers for close to 2 decades. The Dominican Puerto Rican Princess, now mother, wife and actress, has captivated millions of hearts from the various blockbuster movies she starred in i.e., Center Stage, The Terminal, Star Trek, Columbian, Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2, etc..
Saldana’s involvement with being a big voice for change started long before she was staring in big budget blockbusters! As a young trained dancer and theatre performer, Saldana performed with a theatre troupe called “Faces.” It was here that Saldana got to perform theatre pieces that dealt with the tough subject of sex and drug abuse. These performances meant a lot to her because she was doing content that had an effect on those close to her age.
Those performances had a two fold result in that one she had the chance to speak to those her age and two, the performances was training her to have great depth as a superstar actress. Fast-forward to today, Saldana is still committed to great movie content as well as helping others deal with tough life situations. One of Saldana’s personal projects has included working with the Abzyme Research Foundation which helped bring forth the music video “Free Me” of Sia’s in which Saldana starred in. The video focused on a mother who was pregnant but was also HIV positive. In the video, the mother-to-be finds out that her child, thanks to a medical vaccination, may possibly be born free of the disease. Money from the music project went towards helping those fighting the HIV. According to medical studies, HIV is the No. 1 killer of women of a reproductive childbearing age. Although she always had a heart for helping others, its obvious that as a new mother, Saldana looks at the world even more compassionately. I will always remember meeting the very first time I met the very young actress at a charity event at the Arizona Biltmore Estate in Scottsdale Arizona, and she was just as kind and compassionate then as she is now. There is still a fight to find a cure for HIV and that gives Saldana the desire to keep fighting to help others. To learn more, check out endhiv.com