Red Carpet Flashback! 17 Years of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Star Zoe Saldana

A New Jersey native, Zoe Saldana has been acting since 1999, when she landed a small role on Law & Order. The dancer–turned–actress has been working steadily in Hollywood ever since. The 38-year old star reprises her role as Gamora this weekend in the Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We thought we’d take a look back at her red carpet moments over the last two decades.


<p><em><em>The young actress with a dance background made her feature film debut in a movie about a fictional ballet academy. (Photo: RJ Capak/WireImage) </em></em></p>
‘Center Stage’ Premiere (2000)

The young actress with a dance background made her feature film debut in a movie about a fictional ballet academy. (Photo: RJ Capak/WireImage)

<p><em><em>Saldana shows off her colorful ensemble at the premiere of her second film, <em>Get Over It,</em> on March 8, 2001, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage) </em></em></p>
‘Get Over It’ Premiere (2002)

Saldana shows off her colorful ensemble at the premiere of her second film, Get Over It, on March 8, 2001, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

<p><em><em>In 2002, the 24-year-old actress starred in <em>Drumline,</em> and the Britney Spears movie <em>Crossroads</em>. On Feb. 11, 2002, she posed with co-stars Taryn Manning, Spears and Anson Mount in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: Frank Trapper/Getty Images) </em></em></p>
‘Crossroads’ Premiere (2002)

In 2002, the 24-year-old actress starred in Drumline, and the Britney Spears movie Crossroads. On Feb. 11, 2002, she posed with co-stars Taryn Manning, Spears and Anson Mount in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: Frank Trapper/Getty Images)

<p><em><em>Nominated for Best Kiss with <em>Drumline</em> co-star Nick Cannon, Saldana brought then-boyfriend Keith Britton to the show. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) </em></em></p>
MTV Movie Awards (2003)

Nominated for Best Kiss with Drumline co-star Nick Cannon, Saldana brought then-boyfriend Keith Britton to the show. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

<p><em><em>On May 2, 2004, <em>Haven</em> co-star Joy Bryant presented Saldana with the Movieline Young Hollywood Ones to Watch award. (Photo: J. Vespa/WireImage) </em></em></p>
Movieline Young Hollywood Awards (2004)

On May 2, 2004, Haven co-star Joy Bryant presented Saldana with the Movieline Young Hollywood Ones to Watch award. (Photo: J. Vespa/WireImage)

<p><em><em>Saldana next starred in <em>Guess Who</em>, a comedy loosely based on <em>Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner</em>. She posed at the after-party with co-star Ashton Kutcher, former Columbia Pictures Chair Amy Pascal and Bernie Mac. (Photo: L. Cohen/WireImage) </em></em></p>
‘Guess Who’ After-Party (2005)

Saldana next starred in Guess Who, a comedy loosely based on Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. She posed at the after-party with co-star Ashton Kutcher, former Columbia Pictures Chair Amy Pascal and Bernie Mac. (Photo: L. Cohen/WireImage)

<p><em><em>On Sept. 12, 2006, Saldana and her co-star Orlando Bloom pose at the L.A. after-party for <em>Haven</em>. (Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images) </em></em></p>
‘Haven’ After-Party (2006)

On Sept. 12, 2006, Saldana and her co-star Orlando Bloom pose at the L.A. after-party for Haven. (Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

<p><em><em>Pals Gabrielle Union, Nia Long, and Saldana attend the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes party on Jan 15, 2007. Union and Saldana starred in <em>Constellation</em> in 2005. (Photo: Clint Spaulding/Getty Images) </em></em></p>
InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes Party (2007)

Pals Gabrielle Union, Nia Long, and Saldana attend the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes party on Jan 15, 2007. Union and Saldana starred in Constellation in 2005. (Photo: Clint Spaulding/Getty Images)

<p><em><em>Next, the busy actress starred in the crime drama <em>Vantage Point</em>. (Photo: Peter Kramer/AP) </em></em></p>
‘Vantage Point’ Premiere (2008)

Next, the busy actress starred in the crime drama Vantage Point. (Photo: Peter Kramer/AP)

<p><em><em>Saldana had her breakthrough role as Nyota Uhura in the 2009 <em>Star Trek</em> reboot. She and co-star Chris Pine pose at the German premiere on April 16, 2009. (Photo: Franziska Krug/Getty Images) </em></em></p>
‘Star Trek’ Premiere (2009)

Saldana had her breakthrough role as Nyota Uhura in the 2009 Star Trek reboot. She and co-star Chris Pine pose at the German premiere on April 16, 2009. (Photo: Franziska Krug/Getty Images)

<p><em><em>Saldana and Nichelle Nichols — who originated the role of Uhura in <em>Star Trek</em> — were presenters at the 9th Annual BET Awards on June 28, 2009. (Photo: Dan Steinberg/AP) </em></em></p>
BET Awards (2009)

Saldana and Nichelle Nichols — who originated the role of Uhura in Star Trek — were presenters at the 9th Annual BET Awards on June 28, 2009. (Photo: Dan Steinberg/AP)

<p><em><em>Following her success in <em>Star Trek</em>, Saldana starred with Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez in James Cameron’s blockbuster <em>Avatar.</em> (Photo: Matt Sayles/AP) </em></em></p>
‘Avatar’ Premiere (2009)

Following her success in Star Trek, Saldana starred with Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez in James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar. (Photo: Matt Sayles/AP)

<p><em><em>After winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama, the <em>Avatar</em> crew — including Sam Worthington, director James Cameron, Saldana, producer Jon Landau, and Sigourney Weaver — pose in the press room. (Photo: Trae Patton/NBCU Photo Bank) </em></em></p>
67th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2010)

After winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama, the Avatar crew — including Sam Worthington, director James Cameron, Saldana, producer Jon Landau, and Sigourney Weaver — pose in the press room. (Photo: Trae Patton/NBCU Photo Bank)

<p><em><em>In 2010, the busy star appeared in four feature films, including <em>The Losers</em> with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. (Photo: Lester Cohen/WireImage) </em></em></p>
‘The Losers’ Los Angeles Premiere (2010)

In 2010, the busy star appeared in four feature films, including The Losers with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. (Photo: Lester Cohen/WireImage)

<p><em><em>Saldana brought then-fiancé Keith Britton to the<em> Colombiana</em> premiere on Aug, 24, 2011. After 11 years of dating, the duo called it quits just four months later. (Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic) </em></em></p>
‘Colombiana’ Premiere (2011)

Saldana brought then-fiancé Keith Britton to the Colombiana premiere on Aug, 24, 2011. After 11 years of dating, the duo called it quits just four months later. (Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

<p><em><em>Dennis Quaid, Bradley Cooper, Saldana and Jeremy Irons attend the premiere of <em>The Words</em> on Sept. 4, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: Jordan Strauss/AP) </em></em></p>
‘The Words’ Premiere (2012)

Dennis Quaid, Bradley Cooper, Saldana and Jeremy Irons attend the premiere of The Words on Sept. 4, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: Jordan Strauss/AP)

<p><em><em><em>The Words</em> co-stars Saldana and Bradley Cooper started dating after Saldana called off her engagement and were seen together at a party on Dec. 12, 2012, for <em>Silver Linings Playbook</em>. The on-again off-again relationship lasted just over a year. (Photo: Jeff Vespa/Getty Images) </em></em></p>
‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Party (2012)

The Words co-stars Saldana and Bradley Cooper started dating after Saldana called off her engagement and were seen together at a party on Dec. 12, 2012, for Silver Linings Playbook. The on-again off-again relationship lasted just over a year. (Photo: Jeff Vespa/Getty Images)

<p><em><em>Saldana reprised her role as Uhura in <em>Star Trek Into Darkness</em>. She and co-star Alice Eve stunned at the German premiere on April 29, 2013. (Photo: Anita Bugge/WireImage) </em></em></p>
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Premiere (2013)

Saldana reprised her role as Uhura in Star Trek Into Darkness. She and co-star Alice Eve stunned at the German premiere on April 29, 2013. (Photo: Anita Bugge/WireImage)

<p><em><em>The star shares a laugh with <em>Blood Ties</em> castmates James Caan and Billy Crudup at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2013. (Photo: Lionel Cironneau/AP) </em></em></p>
‘Blood Ties’ Premiere (2013)

The star shares a laugh with Blood Ties castmates James Caan and Billy Crudup at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2013. (Photo: Lionel Cironneau/AP)

<p><em><em>In 2014, Saldana joined the Marvel Universe as Gamora in the smash hit <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em>. She posed with co-stars Lee Pace, Chris Pratt, and Vin Diesel at the New York premiere on July 29, 2014. (Photo: Charles Sykes/AP) </em></em></p>
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Premiere (2014)

In 2014, Saldana joined the Marvel Universe as Gamora in the smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy. She posed with co-stars Lee Pace, Chris Pratt, and Vin Diesel at the New York premiere on July 29, 2014. (Photo: Charles Sykes/AP)

<p><em><em>Saldana married artist Marco Perego in 2013. The newlyweds and expectant parents attend the premiere of <em>The Book of Life</em> Oct. 12, 2014. (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) </em></em></p>
‘The Book Of Life’ Premiere (2014)

Saldana married artist Marco Perego in 2013. The newlyweds and expectant parents attend the premiere of The Book of Life Oct. 12, 2014. (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

<p><em><em>Saldana starred with fellow Marvel star Mark Ruffalo for the dramedy <em>Infinitely Polar Bear</em>. (Photo: John Salangsang/AP) </em></em></p>
‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ Premiere (2015)

Saldana starred with fellow Marvel star Mark Ruffalo for the dramedy Infinitely Polar Bear. (Photo: John Salangsang/AP)

<p><em><em>Zachary Quinto and Saldana attend the premiere of the third installment of their franchise on July 20, 2016. (Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images) </em></em></p>
‘Star Trek Beyond’ Premiere (2016)

Zachary Quinto and Saldana attend the premiere of the third installment of their franchise on July 20, 2016. (Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

<p><em><em><em>Live By Night</em> stars Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller and Saldana pose at the premiere on Jan. 9, 2017. (Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images) </em></em></p>
‘Live By Night’ Premiere (2017)

Live By Night stars Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller and Saldana pose at the premiere on Jan. 9, 2017. (Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

<p><em><em>The stars of the hit Marvel franchise are back for <em>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.</em> Pratt, Saldana, Dave Bautista, and director James Gunn attend the Tokyo premiere on April 10, 2017. (Photo: Jun Sato/WireImage ) </em></em></p>
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’ Premiere (2017)

The stars of the hit Marvel franchise are back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Pratt, Saldana, Dave Bautista, and director James Gunn attend the Tokyo premiere on April 10, 2017. (Photo: Jun Sato/WireImage )

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