She plays the daughter of the evil villain Thanos in Marvel’s “Avenger Infinity War” and has built a solid reputation as a versatile and well-respected actress by choosing roles she “feels passionate about.” Best known for her starring role as Neytiri in the record-breaking film “Avatar,” a James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller which quickly became the highest grossing film of all time, Saldana’s other film credits include “Infinitely Polar Bear,” “Blood Ties,” “Out of the Furnace,” “The Words,” “Colombiana,” “Takers” and “Death at a Funeral,” as well as her breakout role in the film “Center Stage.”
Surrounded by her celebrity friends including James Cameron, Mila Kunis, sons, twins Bowie and Cy, 3, and Zen, 1, and husband Marco Perego, Saldana was all smiles during her Walk of Fame star ceremony in Hollywood. “You are my everything,” the actress told her family during the ceremony. “Every day you remind me to appreciate life’s journey. You keep me grounded. And you help me slow down when I need to take in a moment.”
When not in production, Saldana engages in lots of philanthropic work loaning her time to Brave Beginnings, which focuses on bringing essential life-saving equipment and services to seriously ill children and their families.
She is also the global ambassador for Shot@Life, which aims to ensure that children around the world have access to life-saving vaccines. In 2011, she directed the short film “Kaylien” in her ongoing effort to raise awareness about autism and also took part in The Haiti Relief Inc., which works tirelessly to provide disaster relief to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010.
Samantha Ofole-Prince is an entertainment industry specialist and contributes to Trendy Africa Magazine from Los Angeles.