Celebrity Baby Blog / Zoe Saldana

Zoë Saldana Says Grandparents and Nannies Are a Huge Help in Raising Twin Sons: We ‘Have a Great Village’

07/27/2016 at 11:30 AM ET

Zoë Saldana has proven her space-influenced acting skills, zipping around onscreen universes in Guardians of the Galaxy and the Star Trek films — including the newest installment in the latter series, Star Trek Beyond.

Perhaps a more out-of-this world challenge for her? Juggling a hectic filming schedule with parenting twins. Luckily, her husband Marco Perego is there to help her find the balance.

“We’re a good team, but we also have a great village, so his parents are around. And when they can’t [be], then my mother’s around, but we always have our nannies,” Saldana, 38, tells PEOPLE of parenting now-20-month old sons Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio with Perego, who is an Italian-born artist.

“If we’re [filming] on location, my husband will be with us for 10 days and then he’ll fly back for four, but we can’t be more than one week away from each other,” she adds. “That’s a promise we’ve made that we’re trying to keep.”

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Zoë Saldana on Going Back to Work After Having Twins: ‘I Cried Every Day’

07/26/2016 at 06:15 PM ET

Zoë Saldana had a lot more than just getting into character on her plate while filming Star Trek Beyond last summer: Her and her husband Marco Perego-Saldana‘s twins Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio were just 6 months old when she started filming.

“The first week back at work, I think I cried every day in my trailer,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively. “But I remember as soon as they would tell me ‘We’re ready for you on set,’ I would still skip to set. I love what I do.”

The 38-year-old actress acknowledges that she’s not the only one struggling with being separated.

“You do need to rest, you do need to have a moment to yourself, but right now this is my life as I know it. They’re 20 months old, and they’re starting to feel my absence,” she says.

“They still don’t really have an accurate concept of time, but they’re becoming a little anxious. And that’s when you ask people, you ask a therapist ‘Is this normal?’ You read books, you go on Google … But I always explain to them that I come and I go, but Mama has to work.”

She adds, “I also make sure that they see me happy when they come visit me at work — they need me to lead by example.”

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Zoe Saldana Opens Up About Her Scary Emergency C-Section: We Came ‘Close to It All Changing Forever’

06/15/2016 at 02:30 PM ET

Zoe Saldana is the mom of two happy and healthy baby boys – a title that was once in peril.

Saldana opens up about her scary, 2014 emergency C-section and welcoming Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio, now 18 months, into the world prematurely in the July issue of Allure.

“The boys came at 32 weeks,” she explains. “They found protein in my urine; my platelets crashed. I didn’t qualify for an epidural, so I delivered under general anesthetic. I didn’t even meet them until a day later.”

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Zoë Saldana’s Twins Hunt for Easter Eggs in Adorable Matching Ensembles

03/27/2016 at 04:00 PM ET

Zoë Saldana‘s little cuties are egg-cellent dressers.

The actress’ twin sons Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio, 16 months, looked absolutely adorable in matching outfits as they searched for Easter eggs on Sunday.

Both carrying baskets filled to the brim with colored eggs, Cy and Bowie donned red quilted coats, jeans, tiny sneakers and grey winter hats.

Saldana, who shares the boys with artist Marco Perego, wrote alongside a photo of the duo on Instagram, “Happy Easter everyone! #easteregghunt #twinning #family.”

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Zoë Saldana Opens Up About Her Twins’ NICU Experience: ‘My Husband and I Were at the Mercy of Our Nurses and Doctors’

09/30/2015 at 12:00 PM ET

Zoë Saldana knows what it takes to care for premature babies because she’s lived through it herself.

“When I was in the neonatal intensive care unit with my two sons, I became like every parent that was on that floor,” the actress, 37, tells PEOPLE. “My husband and I were at the mercy of our nurses and doctors — our children’s lives depended on their every move.”

Saldana’s own experience in the NICU with her twins Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio, now 10 months, inspired her to get involved with Brave Beginnings, a nonprofit that works to ensure hospitals have the life-saving equipment needed to help premature babies thrive.

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Zoë Saldana on Life with Twins: ‘We Have a Tribe’ We Turn to for Help

09/25/2015 at 09:30 PM ET

Forget squad goals — Zoë Saldana‘s about to give fellow busy moms some “tribe” goals.

The actress told PEOPLE at the launch party for Verizon’s Go90 entertainment platform in Beverly Hills on Thursday that she relies on family and friends when it comes to juggling her work life and her family life with 10-month-old twins Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio.

“We have a tribe,” she says, laughing. “Whenever we’re overwhelmed — and when you have twins, you get overwhelmed quite easily and really quickly — you just send out an SOS, man, and they will cancel. They will find a nanny for their kids. They’ll bring the kids, and then we end up kind of relaxing.”

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Zoë Saldana’s Advice on Getting Fit After Baby: ‘Be Easy on Yourself’

08/31/2015 at 03:00 PM ET

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Zoë Saldana knows all about body acceptance.

Shortly after welcoming her twin boys, Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio, last November, the Star Trek Beyond actress began documenting her trips to the gym on her Facebook and Instagram. At the end of July, Saldana posted a selfie that gave fans a peek at her impressive progress (and those enviable abs!).

It was a proud moment for Saldana, who, at that moment in particular, hoped to inspire first-time moms. “We are stronger when we stick together — wishing each other good, cheering each other along,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

When it comes to embarking on a fitness journey, Saldana stresses the importance of appreciating one’s current state.

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