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Alexandra Shipp is facing her fears head on.

Several obstacles almost prevented the movie from ever being made. Disney star Zendaya Coleman, the original actress cast as Aaliyah, dropped out of the project after saying that it “wasn’t a good choice for [her].”

“After actually starting the project, I feel like there were certain things that were missing,” Coleman told ET at the 2014 BET Awards. “And things that weren’t 100 percent taken care of. And I feel like, if I’m going to portray one of my idols, and someone I feel so important and strongly about, it has to be done right, and it has to be done 120 percent.”

Watch the video to hear what Shipp had to say about Aaliyah’s infamous marriage to R. Kelly when she was 15 and he was 27. Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B debuts November 15.

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