Zoe Saldana On 'Troubled' Nina Simone Biopic: 'She Deserves Better'

Entertainment | 11/06/2015 | 10:00 AM EST

Saldana says there was a lot of 'mismanagement' on the project

In past interviews, Zoe Saldana has fiercely defended her role in the controversial Nina Simone biopic, Nina, which has faced multiple production obstacles. The actress is now coming clean about the film's behind-the-scenes issues as the world continues to wait for its release.

Saldana recently told Latina magazine:

"I needed to walk [Nina's] path. As a woman, it wasn't difficult to empathize with another woman. But I needed to be very isolated. I moved out of my house for three months. I wasn't really talking to anybody that I knew. I just needed to be all things Nina. It was so intense, and everything happened really fast. The people behind the project weren't my cup of tea. The director was fine, but there was a lot of mismanagement, which is why we’re still here three years later. And I'm still trying to fight with everybody to get the movie finished. Nina deserves better."


Back in September, RLJ Entertainment acquired all North American rights to Nina and announced the film would be released in December (despite wrapping production more than two years ago).

Saldana has received her fair share of criticism for being cast as the legendary singer but she stands by her performance, saying that she set out to fully understand Simone's story in order to bring it to the big screen.

"I read as much as I could and spoke to as many people who knew her, who interviewed her. I listened to her voice, to her tone," Saldana told Latina. "She was angry, and rightfully so. She was a black woman born ahead of her time. Her soul, her spirit was never able to accept or adapt to the heartbreaks that life was giving her.

"I wanted to understand all those things, and see what that was going to bring out of me. I never wanted to judge her."


(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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