Zoe Saldana built her reputation as a versatile and respected actress by choosing roles that she feels passionately about, as was evident by her portrayal of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek (2009) and Neytiri in James Cameron’s groundbreaking feature Avatar. The New Jersey and Queens, New York native spent her teenage years in the Dominican Republic, where she studied ballet and other dance forms with the prestigious ECOS Espacio de Danza Dance Academy. When she was seventeen, her family moved back to New York and she joined the Faces theatre troupe, which led to her first film role, Eva Rodriquez in Center Stage. Film roles that followed include Vantage Point, Haven, Guess Who, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Terminal, Dirty Deeds, Temptation, Constellations, Crossroads, Snipes and Drumline. Her television credits include appearances on Keeping it Real and Law and Order.