Zoe Saldana Covers ELLE Magazine’s Hollywood Issue, Admits She Initially Encouraged Nina Simone Filmmaker To Cast Someone Else!

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The truth finally comes out… Zoe Saldana was almost as skeptical as the rest of us!

ELLE Magazine Features Zoe Saldana And Gugu Mbatha-Raw In Their Annual Hollywood Issue

Zoe landed one of the three covers (Jennifer Garner and Tina Fey cover the others) of ELLE’s Hollywood Issue this year. Do you love it? The photo appeared along with a brief interview on ELLE.com. Check out what she had to say below:

On if she was reluctant to play Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic about the legendary songstress: “I actually encouraged Cynthia to cast someone else. But she came to me and said that everybody was afraid, and I thought, ‘Isht, then how can we complain that there aren’t enough films about African-American iconic figures?’”
On if she always knew she’d make it: “That’s how those seven years my sisters and I spent on a bohemian island played very well. We’re not American in terms of feeding into that machine that you have to be somebody. We were somebody the moment we were born.”

Photo Credits: ELLE Magazine/Paola Kudacki

Hit the flip for more from the issue with Zoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu was looking pretty hot in her Calvins, riiiight? Check out her interview below:

On her role in Beyond the Lights: “One of the things that drew me to the project was the relationship between mother and daughter— that ‘mom-ager’ dynamic—because I grew up with a single mom, though my dad has definitely been in my life a lot. But my mom couldn’t be more different from Minnie Driver’s character. I was the pushy child, the one who wanted to be doing ballet and jazz and tap and everything.”


On if she’s had a moment where she thought to herself, Wow, I’m going to make it:
“It’s funny—I never feel like, ‘Oh, wow, I’ve made it.’ I’m interested in the journey. I’m interested in the adventure of working with different people, and I guess as soon as you sit on your laurels and can go, ‘Well, aren’t I great?’—that’s just the beginning of the end.”

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