Saldana, who was born in Pasaic, New Jersey, grew up in the Dominican Republic shortly before moving to Queens, New York. Her mother is Puerto Rican and her father is Dominican.

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“The people behind the project weren’t my cup of tea," said Saldana.

Dominique Hobdy
Nov, 07, 2015

Nina, the long-awaited and much-talked about Nina Simone biopic is set to be released next month. 

Saldana recently opened up to Latina Magazine about how she channeled Nina Simone for the role. 

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“As a woman, it wasn’t difficult to empathize with another woman. But I needed to be very isolated,” she told the magazine. “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.”

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The actress also kept things candid about troubles behind-the-scenes, revealing why it's taken so long to bring the movie to life.

“The people behind the project weren’t my cup of tea,” she said. “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.”

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