Zoe Saldana, who is majorly known for her portrayal of Gamora in the Avengers’ saga, has also been a part of films like Avatar, Star Trek and also Nina. In Nina, she played the role of legendary musician Nina Simone.
Though the movie as was much anticipated but Zoe was slammed for her performance by the critics as well as Nina’s fans. It was so bad that even Nina’s estate refused to associate with it at any level.
It’s been over four years now and Zoe Saldana has apologised for being a part of Nina. She has come out publically to agree that she shouldn’t have been a part of that film. In her recent conversation with Pose creator Steven Canals, she has opened up about the same.
Zoe said, “I should have never played Nina. I should have done everything in my power, with the leverage that I had 10 years ago — which was a different [amount of] leverage, but it was leverage nonetheless. I should’ve tried everything in my power to cast a Black woman to play an exceptionally perfect Black woman.”
Zoe Saldana also feels sad as back she thought she had the permission because of being Black. She adds, “That’s [growth] and it’s painful. I thought back then that I had the permission because I was a Black woman, and I am. But it was Nina Simone, and Nina had a life and she had a journey that should’ve been and should be honoured to the most specific detail because she was a specifically detailed individual about her voice, her opinions, her views, her music, and her art. And she was so honest. She deserved better.”
She concludes, “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry because I love her music. It wasn’t enough. With that said, she’s one of our giants and someone else should step-up. Somebody else should tell her story.”