Zoe Saldana and Her Sisters Are Officially the Ultimate #GirlPowerGoals

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Through their production company, Cinestar, the sisters Saldana have produced the NBC miniseries Rosemary’s Baby and the digital series My Hero for AOL. “We formed the company because we wanted to see stories told from a female perspective at least 80 percent of the time,” Zoe says. More recently, the trio teamed up with Awestruck, Awesomeness TV’s network, to create content for women, including Rosé Roundtable, a YouTube series that has the sisters gabbing with girlfriends about everything from raising multi-cultural kids to body positivity. (They’re giving a new meaning to girl power like these other strong women.) They recently took some time to talk with us about working out and working together.

What’s the secret to working in harmony as sisters?

Zoe: Acknowledging that everyone has their own strength. It makes us all accountable, and all leaders in our own way.

Cisely: And we’re all enablers. We all help each other manifest our ideas. We’re like wine: The more we age, the more exquisite our relationship becomes. We have tremendous respect for one another. We’re one year apart and went through puberty together with just one bathroom. We always say that if we could do that, we can do anything.

Why is it so important for you all to create content for women?

Cisely: Women inspire us. When I came into this world, my sisters were waiting for me. My relationships with women are my priority.

Mariel: I want little girls watching TV to see someone with my voice and shape. The more of us who are out there doing it, the more they’ll see that.

Cisely: We only had one African American Barbie doll. And remember, there was only one G.I. Joe female action figure. We want future generations to feel represented.

What’s your dream project?

Zoe: One thing that appeals to my sisters and me a lot is providing a realistic image of what life is like, which is why we’re intrigued by working with influencers more. If you’re a mommy blogger and you’re passionate about being a mom, that’s amazing, and more people should know who you are! When it comes to industry people, it would be a dream come true to work with women like Victoria Alonso, who is a kick-ass producer at Marvel.

What does working out do for you physically and mentally?

Cisely: Mentally, when I start working out I hate the world, but once it’s done, I feel so accomplished. Until the next day.

Mariel: It’s time to myself. It’s like letting my brain breathe for a minute until the craziness starts again.

Zoe: I work through my issues physically. I come up with solutions to things that are important to me. (Zoe shared more about her workout philosophy in her cover interview.)

How do you motivate yourself to work out when you don’t want to?

Mariel: I need to get better at that!

Zoe: I ignore my own head. I do everything that my head is telling me not to do instead.

Cisely: I remind myself that exercise means you can have that glass of wine (or two) guilt-free.

On Rosé Roundtable, you talk a lot about self-love and empowerment. Tell us, what do you love most about your bodies?

Mariel: I love my shape because, regardless of my weight, I’ve always been in proportion. When I was younger, I used to think that I couldn’t be happy unless I was a certain size. I put my happiness on hold. Now that I’m older, I actually enjoy all of me.

Cisely: I like my hair! And they (Mariel and Zoe) like my bum.

Zoe: I love my boobs- because they’re healthy. And they shake with me. (Here are Shape readers’ favorite body parts.)

Where did you get your incredible confidence?

All: Our mom!

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Zoe Saldana pays tribute to mom in sweet post

Zoe Saldana is sending her mom a special message! The Dominican-American actress took to her social media to acknowledge and thank her mother for being the best parent in raising Zoe and her two sisters Cisely and Mariel Saldana.

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“You protect us, guide us, and nurture our every inquiry. Through the thick of it all you manage to smile and face the universe with an open heart,” she wrote alongside a photo of her mother Asalia Saldana standing over three director’s chairs with each of her daughter’s names. “Your mother raised you well @asaliasaldana and now you get to show her just how powerful you are. Thank you mother! We will always remain your most apt pupils and biggest fans.”

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Zoe and her two sisters Cisely and Mariel have their own production company Cinestar and have produced many projects together, including the NBC miniseries Rosemary’s Baby and AOL digital series My Hero. Zoe previously shared why the Saldana sisters decided to start a production company together. “We formed the company because we wanted to see stories told from a female perspective at least 80 percent of the time,” the Guardians of the Galaxy actress told shape.com.

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Zoe Saldana claims she’s a ‘bad influence’ on sisters


Zoe Saldana claims she is a ”bad influence” on her sisters, Mariel and Cisley.

The 36-year-old actress, who is reportedly expecting twins with husband Marco Perego, admits she has ”almost 10” hidden tattoos on her body and is also responsible for many of her family members’ inkings.

She said: ”I am very proud to say I have assisted many friends and family, my sisters, to get tattoos. I get them drunk, I wine and dine them, I take them to the tattoo parlor, they come out with tattoos. The next day they’re like, ‘What the hell happened?!’

”I can convince you of getting a tattoo in the worst place possible. I am very convincing. That’s why I’ve always been sort of the bad influence out of all the girls in my family.”

Despite having no visible tattoos, the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ star also told David Letterman on his late night chat show that her love of body art might not be a secret for much longer.

She said: ”I’m running out of private places to put them on.

”My grandmother says that I look like a newspaper naked.”

Shortly after she married Marco last year, he unveiled a portrait of her face on his forearm, but he also has an impressive collection of body art.

She said: ”My husband has more. His are more exposed.”

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‘Center Stage,’ ‘Drumline,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

Following a guest spot on Law & Order, Saldana made her movie acting debut appropriately enough with the dance drama Center Stage, which portrayed a group of ballet students training at an academy. She then snagged supporting roles over the following years in a diverse array of films. After being featured in the teen comedy Get Over It!, the Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads and the hip-hop thriller Snipes, Saldana portrayed the captain of a dance team in the 2002 film Drumline. She then appeared in 2003 in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl as Anamaria, a former lover of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) who gives him a wallop for his roguish behavior. In 2004 she appeared in the drama The Terminal with Tom Hanks, as well as Haven.

‘Guess Who’

During the mid-2000s, Saldana continued to act in a number of ensemble films, both commercial and indie, and appeared on TV with roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Six Degrees. In 2005 she starred in Guess Who, a comedic update of the Sidney Poitier and Spencer Tracy classic Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; the newer version switched the racial roles of the original, with Bernie Mac as Saldana’s wary African-American father and Ashton Kutcher as her beleaguered white fiancé. She was also later featured in the 2008 thriller Vantage Point.

‘Star Trek’ and ‘Avatar’

The year 2009 was a blockbuster year for Saldana’s career. After the thriller The Skeptic, Saldana starred in the remake of Star Trek by director J.J. Abrams, in which she played Communications Officer Uhura. In December 2009, she starred as Neytiri, an alien warrior, in the 3D sci-fi epic Avatar, which would go on to become the world’s highest-grossing film. Director James Cameron used performance capture technology to create Saldana’s computer-generated character, driven by her bodily movements and facial expressions in a studio setting. Saldana spent months training for the athletic role, taking up horseback riding, archery and wushu martial arts.

The following year, Saldana starred in the ensemble comedic remake Death at a Funeral with Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, as well as two action capers — The Losers and Takers — and the comedic Burning Palms. In 2011, she landed the sole lead role in Colombiana, which featured Saldana as an assassin out to avenge the murder of her parents.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

The year 2012 saw Saldana making news off-screen by rushing to the aid of a woman who was injured in a car crash. Later that year, The Words was released, a return to serious drama for the actress about a struggling writer, portrayed by Cooper, who plagiarizes another person’s work. She’s also co-directed episodes for The Rope, a web series developed by Vin Diesel about bouncers and the world of nightlife.

Saldana returned to the Star Trek franchise with the 2013 sequel Into Darkness. And the following year she added comic-book hero to her list of roles, portraying the green-skinned assassin Gamora in Marvel’s well-received Guardians of the Galaxy, which broke August’s domestic box office records for debut earnings. The project also co-starred Diesel and Cooper, among others. In 2017 Saldana returned to her Guardians role in the sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.


In 2016 Saldana starred as jazz musician Nina Simone in the biopic Nina to much controversy. Not only did Simone’s family object to Saldana’s casting, but critics were also outraged over Saldana’s “blackface performance” (she wore darker foundation) and conventional good looks, which they argue did not reflect the musician’s experience as a black woman.

‘Star Trek Beyond’ and ‘Avengers’

Luckily for Saldana, she was able to move on from the biopic flop and the controversy, releasing some other projects that same year. After starring in the Star Trek sequel, Star Trek Beyond (2016) and Live By Night (2016), Saldana reprised her Guardians role as part of a star-studded ensemble superhero cast in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, with Avengers: Endgame to follow in 2019.

Zoë Saldana’s 3 Sons Make Rare Public Appearance as They Celebrate Her Walk of Fame Ceremony

Zoë Saldana was showered with love from her family and friends, including her three sons!

The Avengers: Infinity War star, 39, received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday in Los Angeles where she celebrated the honor with her husband Marco Perego-Saldana and their color-coordinated 3-year-old twins Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio as well as youngest child, 16-month-old Zen Anton Hilario.

The Perego-Saldana family made a rare appearance altogether accompanied by her mother, her sisters and grandmother as well as guest speakers James Cameron and Mila Kunis, who was joined by husband Ashton Kutcher.

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“I admire you as a person, a wife, a sister, a mother, a businesswoman and an actress. While the world knows you for the characters you have played, I have the privilege of knowing the working mom behind-the-scenes,” Kunis said during her speech.

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Meanwhile, Avatar director Cameron recognized that among Saldana’s many acting roles, the job of a parent is the most important to her.

“For Zoë, the role that she cares about the most is mother. Somehow she does all these amazing things while being a mom to three young boys. And like I said, she’s a force of nature. Fortunately, she has a great supportive partner in life, her husband Marco,” he shared.

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During her acceptance speech, Saldana thanked her husband for their three boys.

“You are my everything. Every day you remind me to appreciate life’s journey. You keep me grounded. And you help me slow down when I need to take in a moment. You keep yearning to continue making art. You’re that voice in my heart that keeps telling me mend your life, love what you do and do what you love. So thank you, I’m taking this moment in,” she said.

“But you what makes me most excited when I wake up? The three masterpieces that we have created: Zen, Cy and Bowie. Mama te quiere, I love you,” the proud mom concluded.

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In March, Saldana joked that every day is the same in her house when it comes to making sure Cy and Bowie remember to include their little brother Zen.

“We’re in a constant Groundhog Day where we’re repeating the same messages of compassion: ‘Don’t forget about little brother!’ ” the Guardians of the Galaxy star told PEOPLE. “I mean, he’s not a pushover, so that’s a good thing. But it’s really hard to be the little brother to two twin older brothers.”

Adding, “They’re identical twins and they’re really attached at the hip and their connection is really majestic. So it takes a lot of conscious action to not forget about Zen — but Zen never lets them forget either. He’s really persistent.”

September 28, 2015 – 13:34 BST hellomagazine.com Zoe Saldana opens up to HELLO Online about her twin sons Cy and Bowie, plus her post-baby body

Almost a year since Zoe Saldana welcomed twin boys Bowie and Cy with her husband Marco Perego, the actress has adjusted well to motherhood. The star describes life with her boys as “fun”, though does admit that “when you have twins, you get overwhelmed quite easily and really quickly”.

What isn’t fun is losing the baby weight. Luckily for the 37-year-old, who has spent the last three months away with her small brood filming Star Trek 3 in Vancouver, she hasn’t felt the pressure to quickly get back in shape like so many women do, especially in Hollywood.


Zoe Saldana said life with her twin sons is “fun”

“I feel bad for those women that get super desperate and want to bounce back three months after having a baby,” she shared. “And it’s more like breastfeed, stay home, sleep. Your kid is only three months old. Like what are you going to the gym for?

“I definitely took a break, and I trusted that my body was going to bounce back when it was ready,” she stressed. “I never wanted to push myself.”

She continued: “I’ve witnessed, throughout the years that I’ve been in this business, women that hide in a cave and they don’t come out until they’re a size zero. And that is a very misleading message to send out to women, especially when women here in Los Angeles are the skinniest women out there.”

Hard to leave even for a little bit, but Mamá has to go to work 🙂 #twins #workingmoms

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Zoe is mother to twin sons Cy and Bowie

The Avatar star looked flawless walking the carpet in Maiyet, a white sweater worn over a gorgeous dress with strappy gold heels. However, getting dressed up these days is not what it used to be. “It hurts to be in heels still,” she admitted. “There’s something that happens to your body hormonally, and it’s not just the weight you acquire, but it’s also your nerves, your muscles. So everything hurts and feels uncomfortable.”

Luckily, Zoe can count on her friends and family, including her two sisters Cisely and Mariel, for support when juggling motherhood with her busy career.

“We have a tribe,” Zoe said. “Whenever we’re overwhelmed – and when you have twins, you get overwhelmed quite easily and really quickly – you send out an SOS, man. And they will cancel. They will find a nanny for their kids.”

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