Zoe Saldana Has Apologized for Playing Nina Simone in Biopic, Years After Backlash


Zoe Saldana is sorry for portraying Nina Simone in a widely criticized 2016 biopic.

“I should have never played Nina,” she admitted during an interview with Pose creator Steven Canals. “I should have done everything in my power with the leverage that I had 10 years ago, which was a different leverage, but it was leverage nonetheless. I should have done everything in my power to cast a black woman to play an exceptionally perfect black woman.”

Zoe received criticism for wearing a prosthetic nose and darkening her skin for the role. She’d previously defended her decision to play the late singer and civil rights activist.

At the time, she tweeted a Nina quote that said: “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me — Not fear… I mean really, no fear.”

“There’s no one way to be black,” she later said in a 2016 interview with Allure. “I’m black the way I know how to be. You have no idea who I am. I am black. I’m raising black men. Don’t you ever think you can look at me and address me with such disdain.”

Now, the actress says that Nina “deserved better.”

Hey… we’re all learning here. True liberation is a slow burn.