Her previous dance training, and her acting experience, helped her land her first film role, playing talented and headstrong ballet student Eva Rodriguez in Center Stage (2000).
Saldana's first film role was in Center Stage (2000), directed by Nicholas Hytner, about a group of young dancers from various backgrounds who enroll at the fictitious American Ballet Academy in New York City.
News of their nuptials broke some three months later.
In the August 2014 issue, Saldana reveals what life was like after the pair broke up — again — in late 2012. Then I met my partner when I was in a really beautiful place in my life.It appears PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive, who turned 37 last week, and Saldana, 33, already got close during filming – as new publicity stills for show the pair lounging pensively in bed together.PHOTOS: Sexiest Man Alive 2011 Cooper was linked to Jennifer Lopez and Olivia Wilde last year, following his split from Renée Zellweger in March. Following her performances with the theater group Faces, Saldana made her screen debut in an episode of Law & Order (1999).Her film career began a year later with Center Stage (2000), where she played a struggling ballet dancer, followed by a role in Crossroads (2002).She then starred in the romantic comedy-dramas Premium in 2006 and After Sex in 2007. Saldana had never seen the original series, though she had played a Trekkie in The Terminal (2004), but agreed to play the role after Abrams complimented her.