Zoe Saldana Tearfully Apologizes For Playing Nina Simone In 2016 Biopic

Written by on August 6, 2020

Zoe Saldana mentioned she “ought to have by no means” portrayed Nina Simone within the 2016 biopic “Nina” and supplied a tearful apology for the movie.

The 42-year-old actor talked to “Pose” creator Steven Canals earlier this week on Instagram about Afro-Latinidad tradition and colorism. As a part of that dialog, Saldana talked candidly about her position because the singer-songwriter.

“I ought to have by no means performed Nina. I ought to have finished every part in my energy with the leverage that I had 10 years in the past — which was a unique leverage, but it surely was leverage nonetheless,” mentioned the “Avatar” star. “I ought to have tried every part in my energy to solid a Black girl to play an exceptionally good Black girl.”

Saldana, who’s of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, was extensively criticized for being solid as Simone, with many suggesting she was too light-skinned to painting the famed musician. The star finally darkened her pores and skin for the position and in addition wore a prosthetic on her nostril. Along with criticism from the general public, Simone’s property spoke out towards Saldana forward of the movie’s launch and implored her to “take Nina’s title out your mouth. For the remainder of your life.”

“Actually I might not have solid Zoe if I felt she was fallacious for the position in one million years,” Mort advised BuzzFeed in 2016. “Zoe’s superb. She’s superb within the film. She gave her all. She’s sincere, she’s brave, she’s fierce.”

Saldana advised Canals that she took the position as a result of she “thought again then that I had the permission as a result of I used to be a Black girl, and I’m.”

“Nevertheless it was Nina Simone. And Nina had a life, and he or she had a journey that ought to have been and needs to be honored to probably the most particular element. As a result of she was a particularly detailed particular person. About her voice, her views, her music, her opinions and her artwork. And she or he was so sincere. So she deserved higher,” Saldana mentioned by means of tears.

She added that she was “so sorry” and implored different creators to “step up” to convey Simone’s story justice.

“We’ve been appropriating ourselves with somebody like Nina Simone for a really very long time, and I simply need her story to be advised, and I would like it to be proper as a result of she deserves it,” she mentioned.

“And America deserves it. As a result of the Individuals that inhabit at the moment’s America deserve her story to be advised. I do know higher at the moment, and I’m by no means going to try this once more. By no means. I’m studying. I’m nonetheless processing it. I’ve been processing it for 10 years, and I believe it’s a dialog that I wanna have.”


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