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Zoe Saldana is no stranger to bringing strong female characters to life. From a fierce superhero in Guardians of the Galaxy to a vengeful assassin in Colombiana, there’s a certain resilience that comes out in each of Saldana’s roles, an energy that we’re sure that the actress pulls from her own persona.

Off screen, the 37-year-old has a certain level of confidence that’s infectious. Each interview or social media post is like its own little fortune cookie of wisdom.

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Here are nine times Zoe Saldana felt like our own personal confidence coach, cheering us on through this thing called life.

1

On beauty

"Glamour is about feeling good in your own skin."

2

On being comfortable in your own skin

The good, the bad, the imperfect. Embrace it all.

3

On resilience

"Things will resonate in you and they will move you whether good or bad. But you can’t let that define who you are and you can’t let that dictate the path that you’re going to take in your life.”

4

On confidence

"I like who I am and I don't want to be like anyone else."

5

On solitude

"I'm learning the power of going away for the weekend and keeping myself company."

6

On being a strong woman

 On International Women's Day, Saldana celebrated the women in her family with this quote. 

7

On patience

Everything in life has its own time.

8

On labels

"I literally run away from people that use words like ethnic. It’s preposterous! To me there is no such thing as people of color cause in reality people aren’t white. Paper is white. People are pink, it’s a bit ridiculous when I have to explain to a human being, that is an adult like I am"

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9

On living in the moment

Hmm, we might have to hang this one up somewhere.