As of right now, Zoe Saldana is still in hot water with the masses for her role as Nina Simone. Backlash aside, the actress is setting her focus on her new role in the remake of the horror classic Rosemary’s Baby. She sat down with Essence to talk about starring in Rosemary’s Baby as a woman of color, switching to TV, colorblind casting and more.
Here are five takeaways from the interview.
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On returning to TV:
“Television is creating amazing material right now. You have a lot of directors who are jumping from film to television, but you also have a lot of networks that are getting very savvy and understanding. If Rosemary’s Baby would have been on the silver screen, I still would have jumped at the opportunity of working with director Agnieszka Holland because I’ve been a fan ever since I was very young.”
On if the new Rosemary being of color was planned:
“No, I think that the people they had gone to before were Caucasian. They tossed my name and they all said, “Sure.” They sent me the script; I said no. They said, “Read it. We’ll talk with Agnieszka. These are the changes I want.” I met the NBC executives. I had dinner with the Lionsgate executives and with my sisters, and that was the last thing we ever covered.
On Mia Farrow’s (the original Rosemary) approval:
“If she ever did on Twitter, I wouldn’t know how to find it. I’m learning. I’ve been learning for three years, how to send a tweet, and it’s very difficult. I know that she is aware of it. I just hope that she likes it when she sees it.”
On her favorite horror story growing up:
“Nightmare on Elm Street, definitely. I never liked films that dealt with exorcism and things like that. They were just a little too scary, and now I’m doing Rosemary’s Baby. Shooting it is a lot different than watching it. It’s fun.”
On upcoming TV projects:
“My sisters and I sold a show for AOL, but it’s a Web series. It’s called “My Hero,” and it’s literally about gathering as many entertainers as we possibly can to talk about their mentor; the person they consider their hero, that was responsible for a lot of great things happening in their lives. There are other series that we have in the works with Lionsgate, and we’re excited.”