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Zoe Saldana's Hot New Man: Meet Italian Artist Marco Perego

Zoe Saldana, Marco Perego Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage, Francois Durand/Getty Images

Zoe Saldana has a new man: Italian artist Marco Perego.

The Star Trek Into Darkness star and Perego (nicknamed Pirate Perego for his long hair and his hottie Johnny Depp looks) have known each other for quite some time, "but obviously things changed for them recently," a source says.

The source said they aren't calling each other "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" just yet. "Zoe is super-happy right now," the source said. "She's in a really happy place."

Source insists they were not, as it's been reported, "making out" at the Star Trek sequel premiere afterparty in L.A. on Tuesday night. "But they were holding hands at one point," the source said.

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The source said Perego is a "really good guy. He has a really good energy." He also has a very strong Italian accent.

Perego comes from humble beginnings. He told the New York Observer in 2007 that his mother was a stay-at-home mom and his dad was a waiter. Perego was a professional soccer player until a leg injury ended his sports career. His first solo art show in NYC six years ago inluded paintings that sold for as much as $30,000.

How far will the romance (which was first reported by the New York Post) go? Not sure, says the source.

Saldana is off to the Cannes Film Festival to promote her new crime drama, Blood Ties, with Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard, Clive Owen and Billy Crudup before heading to London for the next five months to shoot the big-screen adaption of the Marvel comic book series Guardians of the Galaxy.

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