Zoe Saldana Responds to Nina Simone Backlash

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013

Zoe Saldana Speaks Out On Nina Simone Controversy

After news of a biopic on world-renowned singer Nina Simone surfaced last year, fans and spectators were filled with memories of the singer and her iconic music. But once the actress who is scheduled to depict Nina Simone was announced, a few people were left uneasy sparking petitions and uncertainty. Zoe Saldana decided not to comment on the “backlash” she received about her non-resemblance to the late singer or her ability to sing until now.

In a short interview with HipHollywood, the Colombiana actress said, “I guess what kept me from being hurt by the negative comments was 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.”

Appearing very passionate in the video, Saldana made clear that her appearance shouldn’t hinder her ability to effectively play Simone. As for her reason for sticking with the role, Saldana continued to express, “I did it all out of love for my people and my pride of being a black woman and a Latina woman and an American woman and that’s my truth.”

There’s only one way to find out if Saldana did the job justice. The movie is set for release this year.

 Photo Credit: Redferns/Giles Petard/Getty Images

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