Zoe Saldana is covering December’s issue of Latina, and has opened up about what her views on the conservatives who don’t want to back immigration, as well as her upcoming film, Nina.
Saldana’s family immigrated to New York City from the Dominican Republic when she was a young child, so the subject is close to her heart and for the life of her, she can’t understand the likes of Donald Trump.
“This topic of immigration hurts because I don’t want to be angry anymore. I don’t believe that what anybody else is saying is true about me or my people. I’m kind of embarrassed when you see all of these people talking on national television and it’s like, “Oh my God, if your grandfather were alive today, when he came here from Ireland, from Italy, escaped the f–king war in Russia. You’re rotting his name to shame. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, or how many degrees from Ivy League schools. You’re such a bigot. You’re such a hick right now. People have to be open to the reality of what’s happening in our country,” Saldana stated.
In the world of politics Saldana is keeping her voting choices to herself, and being quiet about who will get her vote.
“I like to exercise my civilian right to be private. I’m going to vote, but I’m not a political person. I’m an artist. I’ve been really busy with motherhood and working, so, starting this November, I have a full year to do my work and my research [on the candidates.] My mother was a huge advocate about el voto. If you’re her neighbor and you’re running, she’ll vote for you. My grandmother was always like, “Before you open your mouth know what the f–k you’re going to say. If not, ‘shut up,” Saldana stated.
Next year, Saldana’s controversial Nina Simone biopic is allegedly supposed to open in theaters. Needless to say, after 3 years, it’s been filled with drama and issues with the fact that Saldana got the role.
Some people feel that Saldana flip-flops when it comes to proclaiming her blackness, which had folks riled up when she took on the role of Nina Simone in the biopic. Not only did people question her background, but once they saw the prosthetic features used on Saldana, that sent them into a tailspin.
Saldana’s aware of the controversy, but said she wanted to treat the role with respect.
“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. 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. Those are means for insanity. She was bipolar, and at that time, very little was known about bipolar disorder. A lot of people were self-medicating through substances, and she was doing it with alcohol. I wanted to understand all those things, and see what that was going to bring out of me. I never wanted to judge her.”
But what about those who criticized her taking on the role? Saldana also acknowledged the drama behind the scenes of the movie.
“I needed to walk her 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.”
Some would even say that Nina deserves a better actress in the role.