When word got out that actress Zoe Saldana was cast as Nina Simone in an upcoming film about the singer’s life, the fur got to flying. Rightfully so as many people (myself included) believe there are more suitable actresses for the role.
Well during a pre-Oscars party this past weekend, Zoe spoke out against the negative reaction to her casting. She says she won’t be phased by the hate because she’s doing it for her sistas…and her brothas.
“What kept me from getting stressed or being hurt by the comments is that I’m doing it for my sisters, I’m doing it for my brothers and I don’t care who tells me that I am not this and I am not that. I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me,” Saldana told HipHollywood.
She continues on to say, “I did it all out of love. Out of love for Nina, out of love for my people and who I am, and my pride of being a Black woman and a Latina woman and an American woman and that’s my truth.”
Well there’s no turning back now. Viewers will have to either accept the movie the way it is or not watch. Zoe is a pretty great actress, so we can hope for the best…but they still should have casted Adepero Oduye. Fight me.
Source: Carlton Jordan