Zoe Saldana's Struggles & Living With Hypothyroidism
Zoe Saldana has had her ups and downs, but that hasn’t let her stop her from achieving her dreams. She and her sisters, Mariel and Cisely lived in New York until she was 10 years old, then after her father died they had to move to the Dominican Republic. She’s also had to deal with unequal pay in Hollywood, while worrying about an autoimmune disease that puts a strain on her health.
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Growing Up Without A Father
Saldana’s father died suddenly when she was around 10 years old, and she and her sisters had to move from New York to the Dominican Republic—they went from having the luxuries of living in a big city, to living in a small community, where there was only one culture, one language, and even one religious belief. “I know what it’s like to grow up with fast food and MTV, then all of a sudden you’re in a place where the power goes out every three hours and you’re doing your homework by candlelight,” she says to Net A Porter Magazine.