“I still knew that I liked my name,” Says ‘The Adam Project’ Star Zoe Saldana About Having to Change Her Name

Published 03/13/2022, 11:30 AM EDT

Hollywood industry is a tough place to make your mark, even if you’re an insider with great contacts. And if you’re an outsider and don’t have a strong connection, it is next to impossible to create a name for yourself. However, there have been stars throughout history who have done so. Zoe Saldana is one of them.

But things were not always easy for The Adam Project star, like now. She faced tough competition back during her struggling days and was even asked to change her name.


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What’s in a name?

The American actress first came into the limelight after receiving a major role in Center Stage. However, it was only after the subsequent release of films like Crossroads, Drumline, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl that made Saldana a recognizable face.

Her first major studio role was in JJ Abrams’s Star Trek, in which she played Uhura. Later, she was the main female lead in James Cameron’s highest-grossing film Avatar.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, while Zoe was promoting and talking about her new release Netflix’s Sci-fi film The Adam Project. The actress spoke about her initial days in the industry. And how her former management team asked her to change her name.

Zoe said, “When I did [2000 film] ‘Center Stage,’ I remember being discouraged by my management at that time to use my name,”


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The actress quickly added that it was not out of spite or malice. But it was her team looking out for her, helping her to make it. She actress said, “That was her doing the best that she wanted for me, but I still knew that I liked my name.


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Movies to watch of Zoe Saldana you liked her in The Adam Project

Zoe Saldanas newest release, The Adam Project, is currently streaming on Netflix, so if you have watched it, here are more recommendations for you and if not, then go watch it. She is amazing in it!

Some more films from the actress for you to check out are Premium, Star Trek, Guardians Of The Galaxy, and Missing Link.


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Zoe has a bright and successful future ahead of her. She has made a spot for herself in the MCU. And she will be reprising her role as Daughter of Thanos, Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy 3(name yet to be announced).

Do let us know your favorite Zoe Saldana film for us to check out.



Baheen Qadri

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Baheen Qadri is an entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie. Currently, he is pursuing BA in Mass comm Hons from SCMC Pune. He loves binge-watching films and TV series on Netflix.