Zoe Saldana recently talked about playing Nina Simone in the 2016 biopic, Nina. In an Instagram Live conversation with Pose co-creator Steven Canals, Saldana said she regrets playing Simone. The movie was met with much controversy due to the fact that Saldana had to darken her skin tone and wear prosthetics to play the iconic singer.
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Saldana told Canals, “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 leverage but it was leverage nonetheless—I should have tried everything in my power to cast a Black woman to play an exceptionally perfect Black woman.”
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