Jill Scott is not only a talented voice, but she is also a very talented actress. And on the tail of the release of Steel Magnolias, HelloBeautiful had a chance to sit down with the songstress and chat about everything from natural hair, to the struggles she has in Hollywood as a plus size woman.
The most interesting point of the interview was when Jill spoke on the controversy surrounding Zoe Saldana being chosen to play Nina Simone in a biopic depicting the highs and lows of the famous songstress.
Casting of the very talented Zoe Saldana has had an array of Nina fans up in arms and her own daughter mentioned that "appearance-wise this is not the best choice," noting to the New York Times that she would have preferred to see actresses like Viola Davis or Kimberly Elise.
She added that her mother’s own choice to play her was Whoopi Goldberg.
Well, Nina's daughter isn't the only one who has had her say in the casting. In a recent interview with HelloBeautiful, Jill spoke on iconic roles and Zoe Saldana.
Check out the excerpts from the interview below:
HelloBeautiful: If you had a chance to play an iconic figure, who would you play?
Jill Scott: I would play Phyllis Hyman. There’s a lot of depth there. Phyllis was tormented and beautiful, and violent at times. She was fighting her way through the industry and it wasn’t necessarily working out. You have this character who loves something so tremendously but hates it at the same time. I find her to be really interesting.
HelloBeautiful: How do you feel about the controversy surrounding Zoe Saldana being casted in the Nina Simone biopic?
Jill Scott: Well Zoe is an incredible actress–I think that she’s a fine actress. I think that there should be some work done, like a prosthetic nose would be helpful and definitely some darker makeup. If Forest Whittaker can become darker in “The Last King Of Scotland” than I believe Nina should be treated with that respect. She was very adamant about her color about her nose about her shape and her self and there needs to be some homage paid to that.
A prosthetic nose? Uh, OK.
Does Jill have a point here?