Disney star, singer/actress Zendaya Coleman has been all over the press after it was announced that she had been cast to channel “Baby Girl” in the upcoming Lifetime biopic, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. Following the announcement the 17 year-old faced some harsh criticism from fans who didn’t think she was the right fit, or if the movie should be made at all, because the channel was going ahead with production without the blessing of Aaliyah’s family.
Finally speaking out, Zendaya stopped by the HipHollywood offices to talk about the role, her love for the late great artist and her position on the haters.
“I auditioned like anyone else and I worked really hard because it’s someone I love and I admire and if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself,” the “Dancing With The Stars” runner-up told HipHollywood.
She also wanted people to understand that no matter what, this movie will be made and it’s all about honoring Aaliyah’s legacy. “This movie is going to be made one way or another and I think it should be made in the best possible way to show her beauty.”
Filming for Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is set to begin this summer, with an air date expected in the fall. Check out her interview below: