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Zoe Saldana is a force in film, dance, and activism.

 

Her newest venture, BESE, is repurposing media to provide a platform for the typically under-represented communities in mainstream media.

 

Zoe Saldana started her career in the arts as a dancer in NYC, which paved the way for her first role in a feature film, Center Stage. She then went on to play some of the most memorable roles of her career in films such as: Drumline, The Terminal, Avatar, Star Trek, Columbiana, Out of the Furnace, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Outside of Hollywood, Zoe is passionate about using her status to help those around her. Most recently, Zoe has partnered with UNICEF’s campaign Shot@Life to expand access to lifesaving vaccines for children in developing countries. In 2015, Zoe started working with Brave New Beginnings, an organization bringing essential life-saving equipment to children and their families, specifically newborns in critical need. This topic is something close to her heart especially after spending time in the NICU with her own boys.

Zoe has also long been an advocate of autism awareness with organizations such as Actors For Autism, Autism Speaks and the annual event Light It Up Blue. Zoe cares deeply for her surrounding community, working alongside the LA Mission, which has for 75 years served homeless men and women of downtown Los Angeles, providing emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing.

Zoe’s newest endeavor BESE highlights minority communities that are omitted from traditional media outlets.

Her fervor for diversity promotion moved her to create a platform that promotes work created by “those who feel excluded deserve to tell their own stories.” Zoe believes in the power of media to advocate for a larger scope of cultures, ethnicities, and identities.

Saldana was born and raised in New York. When not shooting on location, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin boys.

 

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