Zoe Saldana Said She's "So Sorry" For Playing Nina Simone And That She's "Never Gonna Do That Again"
The actor wore dark-skinned makeup and a nose prosthetic to portray the High Priestess of Soul.
Today that star is Zoe Saldana.
Let's start from the beginning: In 2016, Zoe starred as Nina Simone in the biopic Nina.
Instead of casting someone who more closely resembled Nina, The Guardians of the Galaxy actor — who is Afro-Latina — donned skin-darkening makeup and a prosthetic nose to play the High Priestess of Soul.
At the height of the backlash in 2016, Zoe told Allure that she didn't regret taking the role, despite "whatever consequences" may come.
The script probably would still be lying around, going from office to office, agency to agency, and nobody would have done it. Female stories aren't relevant enough, especially a Black female story. I made a choice. Do I continue passing on the script and hope that the "right" Black person will do it, or do I say, "You know what? Whatever consequences this may bring about, my casting is nothing in comparison to the fact that this story must be told."