JUNE 19: Zoe Saldana (1979-)

365daysoflesbians:

Happy birthday to actress Zoe Saldana, who you might know
from blockbusters such as Avatar, Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, or (if
you’re reading this blog) from her 2013 interview with Allure Magazine in
which she came out as a member of the wlw community.

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Zoe married her husband Marco Perego in 2013 and they now have three children together (x). 

Zoe was born in Passaic, New Jersey where her Dominic father
and Puerto Rican mother raised Zoe and her two sisters in a bilingual household.
When her father tragically died in a car accident, the family moved to the
Dominican Republic for a time but later returned to the States when Zoe was a
sophomore in high school. She had fallen in love with dancing as a child and
followed that passion for performing when the family relocated to New York City, appearing
in a youth production of Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat
which led to her big break in the 2000 film Center
Stage
.  

To date, Zoe has starred in over 40 films and 5 television
series. She caused a controversy for her role as Nina Simone in the unauthorized
biopic, Nina, and her own tone-deaf
response to the miscasting. In 2013, Allure
published an interview where Zoe talked about her “androgynous” childhood, which contains the excerpt:

“’Has she had a relationship with another woman?

The actress stares impassively across the table, silent for
the first time since the interview began. Her large brown eyes are focused,
unblinking. She is not fazed. She is simply deliberating. How much should she
say?

Finally: ‘Promise me one thing: You’re going to ask this
question [in your article] — if you choose to, just put three dots as my
response. That’s it.

‘…’”

In the confusion following the release of the interview, Zoe stood by her statements and asserted that she could possibly love a woman someday. You can read a more in-depth inquiry into the gayness of Zoe’s
Allure interview over on
Autostraddle
.

-LC