Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario (pron.: /sælˈdænə/ sal-DAN-ə; born June 19, 1978), known as Zoe Saldana or Zoë Saldaña, is an American actress. She had her breakthrough role in the 2000 film Center Stage and the 2002 film Crossroads. She later gained prominence for her roles as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek and the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness, and a starring role as Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar. She also had a lead role in the action film Colombiana.