Zoe Saldaña had her breakout role in “Center Stage.”

“Center Stage” was her debut in the acting world.

Saldaña was told to change her name for the movie.

Saldaña was told changing names was a normal practice among performers.

The actress refused to change her name because she liked it.

Saldaña changed the spelling and pronunciation of her name.

She said the move was spurred by a comment from her kindergarten teacher.

Saldaña’s appearance in “Center Stage” spurred her career, and she bagged more movie roles.

She was in “The Adam Project” as Ryan Reynolds’ wife, Laura.