Zoe Saldana has been making the rounds to promote Star Trek Beyond; but the actress still has lingering controversy surrounding her casting as Nina Simone in the film Nina. The movie was released this past spring to more controversy than commercial success, and AllHipHop asked about Saldana about the role as Nina Simone and how she’s dealt with the backlash.
Saldana was criticized by many for accepting the role of the beloved civil rights activist and musician Nina Simone; many took exception to an Afro Latina taking the role and also with the film casting a woman significantly lighter than Simone (Saldana performed in heavy brown makeup and prosthetics.) When asked if she thought the criticism was unfair she said it’s something she always deals with.
“I think it is, but I’m not going to approach this situation from that angle,” Saldana explained. “This color situation that happened with me and Nina, it’s been happening with me and every person of color forever.
As she has ever since the controversy began, Saldana stands by the movie and her own intentions.
“I respect and I am going to respect the opinion, but I know who I am and I know where I want to be, and I know where I am from,” she explained. “So I wasn’t going to defend that. I was going to focus on the fact that we all tried. There were things that were broken in the process. I came out a better business actor knowing how to make wiser decisions when you start to see signs and know that they are signs of mismanagement.”
Actor/comedian Mike Epps defended Zoe’s performance back in March. “I think she did a good job,” Epps explained. “The thing about doing biopics is that the younger generation doesn’t really know who they’re coming to see; like when Jamie [Foxx] did Ray Charles I’m pretty sure there was a big percentage of the fans who didn’t really know who Ray Charles was – really the younger audience – so they were really just coming to watch Jamie Foxx perform.”
Nina received a 5.2 rating on IMDb. You can catch Saldana on the big screen for Star Trek Beyond, in theaters now.