Zoe Saldana Responds To "Nina" Blacklash, Says She's Playing Nina Simone "Out Of Love"
It's been a long time coming and Zoe Saldana is now speaking out to naysayers about her decision to take on the role of Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. Check out what she had to say inside....
There have been many outspoken ciritcs and fans who have criticized the casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone in an upcoming movie about the late singer's life. One of the most vocal critics was Nina Simone's daughter, Simone, who revealed that she had been completely shut out of the movie and had no involvment at all.
During an inteview with Hip Hollywood, Zoe spoke her piece about the criticism saying,
”What kept me from getting stressed and being hurt by the negative comments is that I’m doing it for my sisters and my brothers and I don’t care who tells me I’m not this or I’m not that. I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me.”
“I did it all for love. Out of love for Nina, my people and who I am and my pride of being a Black woman and a Latina woman and an American woman. That’s my truth.”
It sure seems like Zoe is COMMITED to playing the role and that's all you can ask of an actress. Maybe she will blow audiences away. However, we still feel some kind of way about her playing the role in what some could call "black face" (pictured above on the set).
Watch the interview here: