actress & advocate
EIC, television – Variety
Step Up Class of 2014
actress & advocate
co-chairman and CEO,
Guardians of the Galaxy
Gertz-Ressler High School
actress & advocate
About Inspiration Awards
What happens when community insiders, entertainment leaders and Step Up supporters gather to inspire women to inspire girls?
11th annual Inspiration Awards
11:00 a.m. networking reception
12:30 p.m. awards luncheon + HALSTON HERITAGE fashion show
2:00 p.m. HALSTON HERITAGE onsite boutique (20% off and 15% of proceeds benefit Step Up)
Held annually in the heart of the entertainment industry, Inspiration Awards gathers Los Angeles tastemakers to honor those who embody the Step Up mission of inspiring women to inspire girls. Step Up's most anticipated afternoon of the year, the event includes a red carpet reception, luncheon, fashion show and an awards program honoring those who inspire girls to fulfill their potential.
About Step Up
The mission of Step Up is to propel girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women.
Zoe Saldana is the epitome of a true star in Hollywood, and has built her reputation as a versatile and respected actress by choosing roles that she feels passionately about.
Saldana is well known in her starring role as ‘Neytiri' in 2009's blockbuster and most talked about film, Avatar, James Cameron's sci-fi thriller, co-starring Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington. Avatar has quickly become the highest grossing film of all time winning the 2010 Golden Globe for Best Director and Best Picture. Avatar went on to receive a total of nine 2010 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture.
In 2009, Saldana's fame grew to new levels when she starred in J.J. Abram's blockbuster action-sci-fi film Star Trek, which went on to receive four 2010 Academy Awards nominations. Saldana played ‘Nyota Uhura' opposite Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana and Winona Ryder.
Saldana's other film credits include The Losers, Death At A Funeral Vantage Point, Haven, Guess Who, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Terminal, Dirty Deeds, Temptation and Constellation, Get Over It, Crossroads, Snipes, Drumline and her breakout film role in Center Stage. Her television credits include appearances on the WB's, "Keeping It Real," and NBC's, "Law & Order."
In 2004, Saldana accepted the Young Hollywood "One to Watch" award, presented by Movieline Magazine, for her performance in The Terminal. She then went on to grace the cover of ELLE in 2009 as one of the magazine's top "Women in Hollywood," as well as the cover of GLAMOUR as one of the magazine's "Women of the Year." To finish off the year, Saldana was named as MaxMara's "Face of the Future," Glamour UK's "Film Actress of the Year" for 2010, and also became the new face of Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Envy.
Saldana's work includes the starring role in the action film Colombiana for Sony Pictures where she played a young woman who, after witnessing her parents' murders, becomes a stone-cold assassin, and the drama The Words costarring Bradley Cooper, Olivia Wilde and Jeremy Irons which was highly acclaimed. Earlier this year, Saldana wrapped shooting for the highly anticipated Nina Simone biopic, Nina. In May, Saldana starred in the second installment of the franchise Star Trek 2 directed by JJ Abrams with Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Quinto which was a blockbuster hit. Last December Saldana starred alongside Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson and Forest Whitaker in the independent drama, Out of the Furnace directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). She will also star in Guilaume Canet's drama Blood Ties co starring Clive Owen, Marion Cottilard and Billy Crudup slated for Spring 2014 release and the dark comedy Infinity Polar Bear with Mark Ruffalo. Saldana recently wrapped the Marvel comic film, Guardians of the Galaxy for Disney playing the role of comic book heroine, Gamora who is described as "the most lethal assassin in the galaxy". Both films are slated for a Summer 2014 release. She is currently filming the NBC mini-series Rosemary's Baby, which she is also producing.
Saldana was born and raised in New York. She currently resides in Los Angeles.