Zoe Saldana got her first big screen role as the star of the 2000 film Center Stage
. Saldana would later go on to play Anamaria in 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
and Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek
, but it was her role as Nyteri in James Cameron's blockbuster hit Avatar
that really kicked open the doors for the beautiful starlet. In 2012, she was controversially cast as the lead in a biopic on Nina Simone
. Saldana appeared alongside Christian Bale in the 2013 drama Out of the Furnace
and reprised her role as Uhura in Star Trek Into Darkness
earlier that year.