Zoë Saldaña

Saldaña in 2011, photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario

Place of Birth: Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 19, 1978

Ethnicity: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rican, evidently small amount of Lebanese and Haitian

Zoë Saldaña is an American actress and dancer. She has starred as Uhura in the rebooted Star Trek films, Neytiri in the Avatar franchise, and Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy/the MCU. She is also known for her roles in the films Center Stage, Get Over It, Crossroads, Drumline, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Terminal, Haven, Guess Who, Constellation, Premium, The Heart Specialist, After Sex, Blackout (2007), Vantage Point, The Skeptic, Death at a Funeral (2010), The Losers, Takers, Burning Palms, Colombiana, The Words, Blood Ties, Out of the Furnace, Infinitely Polar Bear, The Book of Life, Nina (2016), Live by Night, I Kill Giants, Missing Link, Vampires vs. the Bronx, Vivo, The Adam Project, and Amsterdam, and on television’s Rosemary’s Baby, Maya and the Three, and From Scratch.

Zoë is the daughter of Asalia Nazario and Aridio A. Saldaña. She is a black Latina. Her father was born in Cotui Pro Sa, Dominican Republic. Her mother is Puerto Rican. Zoë has described herself as “three quarters Dominican and a quarter Puerto Rican.” She was initially raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, then spending a few years in the Dominican Republic after her father’s death; before moving back to Queens.

She is also said to have some degree of Lebanese and Haitian ancestry. She speaks English and Spanish fluently. Pictures of Zoë’s family members can be seen here.

Zoë is married to Italian artist Marco Perego, with whom she has three children.

Zoë has said:

There’s no one way to be black… I’m black the way I know how to be. You have no idea who I am. I am black. I’m raising black men.

 Zoë Saldana, Marco Perego at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2015 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Saldaña and her husband Marco Perego at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2015, photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com


Curious about ethnicity

607 Responses

  1. Nikki says:

    Sorry but she is African, Haitan, Puerto Rican, Lebanese, European (German, Austrian, Portuguese, Dutch), and Dominican.

  2. Devotion says:

    Looks 100% African. She looks Mauritanian, and could easily pass as one. Not all Africans have copper black skin with very frizzy hair and wide noses.

    She looks this Mauritanian woman:


    • BigMama says:

      Dominican African ASCENDENCE is predominantly cooper black skin with very freeze hair and wide noses. Igbo and Yoruba west African black African tribes and Puerto Rican and Haitian came from west African people too… And she is mixed from those black people and others…. She’s no Ethiopian or something like that (respect to my beautiful Ethiopian people :* )

      In other hand Mauritius is a multiethnic society, drawn from Indian, Black African, European (mostly French) and Chinese origin ethnicity.
      And According to the 2011 census conducted Mauritius is the only country in Africa to have a Hindu plurality….

      Zoe is European, African and middle eastern by blood. Mixed and with a Latino – Caribbean etnicity.

    • Multiethnicchick says:

      Well Africans can be mixed, black, Caucasian, Asian, etc, since Africa is a continent. And no, she looks nothing like that women who looks mixed herself. Zoe Saldana definitely doesnt look black African.

  3. legez says:

    doesn’t look mulatta, but not fully black. looks like African-American probably 70-75% Black

  4. Andrea says:

    I swear everytime someone says someone is black everybody lashes out like its a bad thing, bc they don’t look a certain way. It clearly f*cking says she’s a black Latina and that’s what she is. Stfu.

  5. cwm85 says:

    She is black, native, European and Lebanese. So she has a lot going on and to pin her as only black is stupidity…

    • midori29 says:

      @CWM, Zoe herself has stated she is black. Most black people will say they have European, native American etc. But they do not mention percentages. Zoe could be and is likely 75% black African and 10% European, 10% native, and 5 % Lebanese. Just because she mentions alot does not mean the mixture is in equal parts.

      I am black, native, portuguese, and native myself but my race in majority is BLACK,. Most people on earht have other admixtures. But only black people seem to highlight them, especially black women for some odd reason.

      • cwm85 says:

        You are ashamed of your other ethnicities if true. You try to make someone mixed African when it is impossible to be pure African if you are mixed with other races. You have a right to consider yourself black but other people who are mixed like myself choose to acknowledge them all because I’m not ashamed of my heritages like you. You try to put down any person who is black with something else down. You’re filth is all over this site. Don’t reply to me in any of my comments, I don’t like your racist ass…

        • Andrea says:

          He/she didn’t say anything racist. You are f*cking retarded.

          Every time somebody asks you what your race is no one is going to go down the fucking list of what mixture they are. That doesn’t mean they are ashamed. Get over yourself.

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