Zendaya has opened up about leaving the production of Lifetime TV’s biopic of Aaliyah, saying among other things that she felt she was not ‘morally OK’ doing the movie.
In a series of Instagram videos posted on Friday, the 17-year old Nickelodeon star said, ‘The reason I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me I couldn’t do it… [that] I wasn’t talented enough or black enough. It had absolutely nothing to do with that.’
She continued,’ The main reasons were production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation.’
Zendaya went on to reveal that she tried to remedy the situation by contacting the family and even writing a letter to them. But her effort failed, so she felt she was not ‘morally OK’ continuing with the movie.
‘With all that being said, congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah [Alexandra Shipp]. I only hope that she doesn’t have to deal with half the hate I’ve had to deal with,’ she concluded.