Zoe Saldana: Portraying Nina Simone was a huge responsibility


Speaking to Britain’s HELLO! Magazine, Zoe Saldana, who plays Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic Nina, says that portraying the jazz legend was a huge responsibility.

The actress believes the most important thing was to stay true to the memory of Nina, despite being criticized for not looking enough like the late singer.

“I felt a huge responsibility and a lot of pressure to be true to her, to respect her legacy because she was real and so iconic and one of the most beautiful women to walk this earth,” Zoe explains.

“So in a way it was a difficult role for me. It was heartbreaking at times as it demanded a lot of emotional work and some days and becoming this person; to walk in her shoes was sometimes not a happy place to be.”

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One response to “Zoe Saldana: Portraying Nina Simone was a huge responsibility”

  1. Miley says:

    Zoe Saldana is the perfect actress for this role. I can understand why she was so excited and worried about this role a sit is indeed a very responsible task to portray the legendary jazz singer. It is a breathtaking experience, but my heart would be hammering in the chest if I was acting. Still, in my eyes Zoe Saldana does her best in the movies and definitely the audience is happy with the results.