Breaking Boundaries in Hollywood

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As a child we always have these big dreams that we can save the world by becoming doctors or lawyers. Some of us even think that being a firefighter or police officer can save the society we live in today as well. But what would the world be without the entertainers we see and admire on television? In the present day the people in media are influencing us more than the teachers and elders in our neighborhoods. One entertainer that I look up to is Zoe Saldana. Although, her career in entertainment has just recently begun she has impacted film and society in a positive manner through her ability to play strong female lead roles that challenge how we view female sexuality and which helps transcend Hollywood’s perspective of race and ethnicity.
Her career started quite spontaneously. She was born in New Jersey but moved to the Dominican Republic at the age of nine after the death of her father. There she took interest in dance and was enrolled in a prestigious dance academy. She came back to the United States at the age of seventeen, where she was discovered by a talent agency after performing around town with Faces Theater Troupe, a theater troupe which focused on keeping teens out of the streets and trouble. Her dance ability and acting experience expedited her to land her first role in the movie Center Stage. Since Center Stage her career has taken off. In a 2003 interview Saldana was asked why she passed over the topic of race in her past interviews. She replied, “Because ethnic is a word that doesn’t exists in my vocabulary. In Hollywood you hear thing like, Oh, they loved you but they want to go more traditional.” She also went on to say that traditional was the new “N” word so when someone calls her dark she just says my skin is my skin. Hollywood uses the term traditional referring to going white rather than casting an ethnic actress. Zoe has seen many times…...

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