Well, she sorta admitted it. In a quote from an upcoming feature in InStyle Magazine, the gorgeous 36-year-old actress affirmed what many have been saying for years…
“I didn’t think I was right for the part, and I know a lot of people will agree…”
But she goes on to explain why she took the role regardless;
“…but then again, I don’t think Elizabeth Taylor was right for Cleopatra either. An artist is colorless, genderless… It’s more complex than just ‘Oh, you chose the Halle Berry look-alike to play a dark, strikingly beautiful, iconic black woman.’ The truth is, they chose an artist who was willing to sacrifice herself. We needed to tell her story because she deserves it.”
Well, sacrifice herself she has, because Saldana has faced a steady stream of criticism since she was cast in the film way back in 2012. And these picture of Zoe presumably in ‘darkface’ for the role really didn’t help things…
On top of that the film has faced lawsuits, but is finally set to be released before the end of 2015.
Many people with objections don’t blame Saldana, but the casting directors who chose her when there are so many highly talented actresses who look similar to Simone and could have killed the role, particularly India Arie, Viola Davis and Adepero Oduye.
But who’s to know… maybe she was simply the best actress for the part.
As far as Saldana, she’s singing a very different tune than she was back in 2013 when she doubled down against the critics;
“…I’m doing it for my sisters and my brothers, and I don’t care who tells me I’m not this or I’m not that. I know who I am, and I know what Nina Simone means to me… I did it all out of love for my people and my pride of being a black woman and a Latina woman and an American woman and that’s my truth.”
Ladies, what are your thoughts on all this?