During an interview with Billy Bush and guest co-host Meghan McCain on “Access Hollywood” this week, Zendaya opened up about her controversial role.
On the backlash over playing Aaliyah:
“I think people are entitled to their own opinions. Some people know me from the Disney channel and maybe they don’t think I can handle the role or do whatever. But at the same time, I was cast in the part. I auditioned like everyone else and I was cast. My passion and my love for Aaliyah is so strong. I’m just going to channel her and do my best to honor someone that I love so much and have and taken so much from in my career.”
On Aaliyah’s family being opposed to the new biopic:
“We haven’t started production or anything. But the family was my number one concern. My important thing about this was the mother & the brother… and that Lifetime reached out. I didn’t feel comfortable until they did. So they’re working on that and reaching out to the family to make sure everything’s ok. I wrote a letter, a whole bunch of things. I’ve been an Aaliyah fan my entire life. I auditioned like anyone else and I got cast in the part. I want it to be something [the family] is proud of and what she would be proud of. It’s a Lifetime movie. So it’s just to honor her. And to show how incredible she is and the things she was able to do.”
Watch the full interview below: