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02/27/2013 05:02 pm ET Updated Mar 06, 2013

Zoe Saldana Nina Simone Biopic: Actress Responds To Critics (VIDEO)

After widespread backlash broke out in response to Zoe Saldana's casting in the forthcoming biopic of iconic jazz singer Nina Simone, the 34-year-old actress has finally broke her silence on the controversy.

During a pre-Oscar event last weekend, entertainment website HipHollywood.com caught up with Saladana as she shared her thoughts on how she has dealt with the negative comments surrounding her upcoming role.

“The reality is what keeps me focused and what kept me from I guess getting stressed or being hurt by the comments is that I’m doing it for my sisters,” she said. “I’m doing it for my brothers. I don’t care who tells me that I am not this and I am not that. I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me. So that is my truth and that set me free.“

Check out more of Zoe Saldana’s comments in the clip above.

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