Zoe Saldana to appear in more indie films, nominated for ALMA Award

Zoe Saldana’s lead roles in films like “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Avatar” and most recently “The Words” opposite Bradley Cooper, have taken her familiar face from magazine covers to the big screen. Saldana is venturing out of blockbuster Hollywood and taking roles in independent films like “The Words,” which is a CBS Films production. She told Aiyana Baida of The Grio she has been drawn to lower budget films because of the substance in the roles.

“I love working on different genres of films, and if I am drawn to the material and character then I feel grateful to have the opportunities to work on so many different type of movies,” 34-year-old Saldana tells The Grio.

Her latest projects “Blood Ties” co-starring Mila Kunis and “Out of the Furnace,” co-starring Christian Bale, are both indie films due out in 2013.

The actress is also said to be playing singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic titled “Nina,” which begins production October 16, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Saldana has not made any announcement on taking the part, which was originally going to be played by R&B artist Mary J. Blidge.

The New Jersey-born Saldana, whose father is Dominican and mother Puerto Rican, has been nominated for a 2012 NCLR ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress Drama/Adventure. Also nominated for this award are: Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, Eva Mendes and Roselyn Sanchez. The ALMA Awards air on September 21 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Saldana made her acting debut in 2000 in “Center Stage,” where she honed in on years of ballet training for her role as a ballet dancer in the film. She also maintains a modeling career, frequently gracing the covers of Vanity Fair, Elle and Glamour.

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