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ZOƋ SALDANA (Laila) made her motion picture debut as the defiant ballerina Eva in Nicholas Hytner's drama, "Center Stage." She followed her big screen bow in the role of Maggie opposite Kirsten Dunst and Colin Hanks in "Get Over It."

Saldana next starred opposite recording artist Nelly in the independent feature, "Snipes," which premiered at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. She starred alongside another recording artist, superstar Britney Spears, in the coming-of-age film "Crossroads," the story of three childhood friends who reunite on the eve of their high school graduation and travel cross-country in pursuit of their dreams.

Saldana's television work includes guest-starring spots on the WB's "Keeping It Real" and NBC's Emmy-winning drama, "Law and Order."

Born in New Jersey and raised in Queens, New York, Saldana moved with her family to the Dominican Republic as a youngster. After winning a scholarship to a prestigious dance school, the budding talent studied all forms of dance including ballet, jazz, modern and latin dance.

After her sophomore year of high school, she returned to the U.S. and continued her studies. She joined a New York theatre group called FACES Theatre Co., which performs improvisational skits for teenagers dealing with a variety of subjects, including substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.


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