How Motherhood Changed Zoe Saldana

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A Q&A with Zoe Saldana

What do you wish were true for every family, everywhere?

My wish for every child and every global citizen is that they have medical aid accessible to them. That’s what I wish for children and people all over the world.

Why did you become a global advocate for Shot@Life?

To be public figures, not only do we have the ability to entertain our audience and our followers, but we also have the ability to inform them on causes and organizations that need attention, encouragement and support. This is especially true when these organizations are providing aid and care for women and children around the world who don’t have it accessible to them.

How has becoming a mother changed your outlook on life?    

Now that I’m a mother, the fear of one of my children being afflicted by a vaccine preventable disease is daunting. To know that so many parents and families don’t have that kind of ability to provide good healthcare for their children keeps me up at night. Because I don’t just want my children to benefit from all the things that I can provide for them, I would like to help other families do so for their children as well.

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Zoe Saldana is an actor, mother and Global Advocate for the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. Zoe Saldana is the epitome of a true star in Hollywood, and has built her reputation as a versatile and respected actress by choosing roles that she feels passionately about. Saldana recently reprised her critically acclaimed role of ‘Gamora’ in Marvel’s “Guardians of The Galaxy 2”, starring opposite Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper.

Saldana has taken part in The Haiti Relief Inc which works tirelessly to provide disaster relief to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. The organization focuses on distributing medical supplies, food, clothing and other necessary items (such as soap, chlorine bleach, etc.) to aid and assist the residents of Haiti. The organization also assists in rebuilding schools, medical clinics and hospitals being the focus of the organization from relief to development.

Additionally, Saldana has participated development efforts with FINCA – an organization designed to alleviate poverty through lasting solutions to help build assets, create jobs and raise the standard of living. In 2010, Saldana spearheaded the “Lend a Hand” campaign – FINCA’s safe and easy to use online donation tool. The campaign allowed people to donate to FINCA and the women from around the world working to free their families from poverty to better the lives of their families.

Saldana was born and raised in New York. When not on location, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

  • Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children around the world. A national call to action for a global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save...