Unless you've been living under a rock the past few months, you've probably taken notice of actress Zoe Saldana, whose star power has grown exponentially since her portrayal as a Na'vi princess in James Cameron's Avatar. The femme fatale from The Losers has actually had a slew of projects on the big screen. Here's a look back at her promising career so far, in photos from her movies, and red carpet events.
The Losers (2010)
Zoe portrays the mysterious Aisha, who helps a group of betrayed special ops agents get their lives back—for a high price. She gets into a steamy brawl with co-star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and proves she can hold her own and still look sexy.
Death at a Funeral (2010)
Chris Rock remakes the hilarious British farce about an unfortunate turn of events at a family patriarch's funeral. Zoe shows off more of her comedic chops when she brings her nervous boyfriend (James Marsden) along, and inadvertently slips him a hallucinogen.
As blue beauty Neytiri, Saldana underwent a CGI-ized special effects transformation, and learned the ways and language of Pandora's Na'vi. She'll go down in history as part of James Cameron's groundbreaking "3D performance capture" in the all-time highest grossing blockbuster.
Caught on the red carpet: Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington at Grauman's Chinese Theatre for the Hollywood premiere of Avatar.
Zoe Saldana, ready to cheer on Avatar at the Kodak Theatre for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.
Star Trek (2009)
Saldana shines as the overachieving Uhura in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek - a big-screen, alternative take on the acclaimed sci-fi series. The movie was so well received by Trekkers and broader audiences alike that a sequel is set for 2012; Saldana and other main cast will reprise their roles.
Zoe Saldana at Grauman's Chinese Theatre for the L.A. premiere of Star Trek.
Zoe Saldana at the London premiere of Star Trek.
Zoe Saldana promotes Star Trek in Paris.
Zoe Saldana at the Griffith Observatory for the Star Trek DVD release party.
Vantage Point (2008)
At the beginning of Vantage Point, we get a glimpse of Zoe as a TV news reporter during the attempted assassination of the President of the United States. The crime thriller rewound itself multiple times to show eight different points of view, each one shedding more light on the previous vantage point.
Zoe Saldana at Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards in L.A.
Guess Who (2005)
Racial wisecracking runs rampant when Saldana's character brings home her white boyfriend (Ashton Kutcher) to meet mom and dad. The late, great Bernie Mac plays the edgy father in this comedy based on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
Zoe Saldana hosts the launch party for My Fashion Database, myfdb.com, in New York.
Dirty Deeds (2005)
Teen comedy shenanigans? Zoe's been there. She stars here alongside Milo Ventimiglia, who has to complete 10 outrageous deeds in 12 hours to avoid an embarrassing run-in with the high school football team.
Zoe Saldana arrives at the 62nd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Century City, California.
The Terminal (2004)
Saldana stars as an airport officer who strikes up a friendship with a stranded eastern immigrant (Tom Hanks). He changes the lives of everyone he comes in contact with, and even plays cupid for Saldana's budding romance.
Zoe Saldana attends the amfAR New York Gala co-sponsored by M.A.C. Cosmetics to Kick Off Fall 2010 Fashion Week.
Zoe stars opposite Orlando Bloom in this independent thriller set in the Cayman Islands. Their intense love affair sets in motion a tragic chain of events that affects the nation. The Losers director Sylvain White says it was Zoe's performance in Haven that caught his eye when he started casting.
Zoe Saldana arrives at the MOCA New 30th anniversary gala held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
The Disney film that launched Johnny Depp into superstardom also featured Zoe as feisty pirate Anamaria. In a scene where she accuses Jack of stealing her ship, she gets to slap him - twice!
Zoe Saldana at the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.
Most Britney Spears fans remember the pop princess's film debut in this coming-of-age indie, but they probably overlooked Zoe, who co-starred as one of Britney's BFFs. That's probably for the best.
After a part in Center Stage, Zoe took on another dance role, this time as dance captain of the marching band. Co-star and future Mariah Carey hubby Nick Cannon takes center field and leads the drummers during a most harrowing competition.
Center Stage (2000)
With a background in ballet, jazz and modern Latin dance, Zoe's natural grace and charm fit right into this film about the drama, stress and joys of vying for a spot with a prestigious ballet troupe.