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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 09: Actress Zoe Saldana arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Live By Night" at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 9, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Seriously, some of these threw us for a loop. 

Until Zoe Saldana hit the films Avatar and Star Trek, I had no clue who she was. But after reviewing her film history, it’s safe to say that this actress was hiding in plain sight. Now, the birthday girl, who is a lead character in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, can look back on her starting roles and be very pleased with how far she’s come.

Check out the top five roles we loved from her:


Center Stage (2000)

Center Stage Salsa Scenes 5

Clearly non of these videos are mine so there is absolutely no credit to me at all. No copyright infringement is intended... Just cut out my favorite scenes based around the 'Salsa Night Out' to enjoy and share!


Eva is the wise-cracking, profanity playing ballerina and we’re all for it.


Get Over It (2001)

Get Over It | 'Lucky' (HD) - Ben Foster, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana | MIRAMAX

After getting dumped, a reluctant Berke (Ben Foster) is dragged out to the club by his friends in an effort to cheer him up.

Typical teen movie support system is Zoe in this role, but Kirsten Dunst, Shane West, Mila Kunis and… Sisqo?


Crossroads (2002)

Crossroads (4/8) Movie CLIP - Trailer Trash Sleaze (2002) HD

Crossroads movie clips: BUY THE MOVIE: Don't miss the HOTTEST NEW TRAILERS: CLIP DESCRIPTION: With their car broken down, Mimi (Taryn Manning) and Kit (Zoe Saldana) get into a catfight after some name calling.

The self-centered, LA bound girl who is too “popular” to save her life. Obviously, they work it all out and become BFFs, but not at this particular moment.


Drumline (2002)

Drumline Sigma Party

A friend asked me to upload this. Don't ask why. The Sigma Party dance routine From "Drumline" the movie. video copyright Fox 200 pictures

Zoe can steppppp it!


Pirates Of The Carribean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)

Jack Sparrow all slaps

Jack Sparrow gets slapped A LOT!

She got to slap Johnny Depp, which is an honor only a few on the set of POTC: Black Pearl can say, and she actually got to do it twice (that we know of). #SlayQueen


Which is your favorite Zoe role? Let us know in the comments!


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