Zoe Saldana: ballet is the hardest thing in her life
The `Star Trek` actress desperately wanted to succeed at the dancing art form but had to make the heartbreaking decision to quit in her teens after realising she just wasn`t quite good enough to make it professionally.
She said: "I had to quit ballet because it felt like a part of me was dying inside. It takes a lot of courage to face up to things you can`t do because we feed ourselves so much denial."
After quitting ballet Zoe decided to become an actress and did so with the full-support of her parents father Aridio Saldana, who is Dominican, and her mother Asalia Nazario, who is Puerto Rican.
The 33-year-old star - whose first major role was playing a headstrong ballerina in the 2000 film `Center Stage` - said: "In dance you use every party of your body except your voice. I wanted to start acting because I wanted to use my voice."
Zoe believes her Latino heritage instilled in her an inner strength and a will to succeed when she started out in her career.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan For Latinas magazine, she said: "People think of Latina women as being fiery and fierce, which is usually true.
"But I think the quality that so many Latinas possess is strength. I`m very proud to have Latin blood."