Despite the many opinion pieces, snarky comments and overall scrutiny of her decision to take on the role of legendary singer Nina Simone, Zoe Saldana is keeping her head up and maintaining that the portrayal is coming from a place of love.
This past weekend, HipHollywood.com spoke to the 34-year-old actress at a pre-Oscar party about the constant ridicule of being cast as the beloved artist.
“[…] What kept me from getting stressed or being hurt by the comments is that I’m doing it for my sisters,” she said. “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.”
She continued, “I’m going to keep my chin up because that’s who I am and that’s who I’ll be and Nina was like that too. So I did it all out of love– out of love for Nina.”
Check out Saldana’s full response below…