Saldana was born in Passaic, New Jersey .   Her father, Aridio Saldaña, was Dominican , while her mother, Asalia Nazario, is Puerto Rican .  Saldana also has Lebanese and Haitian roots.   She spent the majority of her early childhood growing up in Jackson Heights, New York . She was raised bilingual , speaking English and Spanish . She has two sisters, named Cisely and Mariel.  Their father died in a car crash when Zoe was 9 years old, and their mother subsequently moved with the children to the Dominican Republic . 
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