Zendaya blames sub standard production behind `Aaliyah` exit

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 02, 2014, 09:02 AM IST

Los Angeles: Actress Zendaya Coleman said she withdrew from Lifetime`s Aaliyah biopic `Aaliyah: Princess of R&B` because the production was not good.

The 17-year-old actress opened up about the reason why she quit the project at BET Awards on Sunday night, reportedly.

"Basically, I just felt that because I love her, and because I respect her so much as an artist, I don`t want to do anything that`s half or anything that`s less for her.

"I felt like some things with the production weren`t all the way there, the project wasn`t all the way there. If I`m going to do something for someone I care about so much, I have to do it the right way," she said.

The actress, however, would love to portray the tragic star if there is a future chance. "By all means, when the right project comes along and it`s done the right way I`ll be the first person ready to play Aaliyah, but this wasn`t the right one for me. I`ve been into Aaliyah since I was little, so there wasn`t too much getting into character. I always pretend I`m her anyway," she told MTV.

Aaliyah, an American recording artist, dancer, actress, and model, found fame at the age of 10 with TV show `Star Search`. She is best known for her `Age Ain`t Nothing but a Number`. She also starred in `Romeo Must Die`

The singer was killed with eight others in a plane crash in 2011.