By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Zoe Saldana is usually a very private person who rarely finds herself in the middle of controversy, but ever since the actress was confirmed for the role in the upcoming biopic based on the life of legendary Nina Simone, she’s been front and center of a controversy that has many people furious that she snagged the role. The most popular issue people have with Saldana playing the role is that she is a Latina, and doesn’t have the African American features that Nina had and embraced openly throughout her life and career. Although Zoe consider herself as a Latina and African American actress, many feel she does not have the look to make them confident enough in her upcoming on-screen portrayal of Nina Simone.
As a result of the growing disappointment with the choice of Saldana for the role, a petition was created that demanded that the director of the film selects another actress to play Nina Simone, and supporters of the petition are even suggesting that they will boycott the film if the changes aren’t made.
Nina’s daughter has also been very outspoken about the decision and claims there are more qualified actresses with darker skin tones and genuine African American facial features that could do her mother’s legacy more justice than Zoe.
Despite that, Zoe hasn’t said much about the criticism, besides a cryptic tweet.
Finally the actress officially speaks her mind about the controversy and she addresses the outrage over the role in a recent interview with Hip Hollywood.
“I guess what kept me from being hurt by the negative comments was that I’m doing it for my sistas and my brothas 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 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.”
Check out the interview below: