Sia has again addressed her decision to cast Maddie Ziegler through a real autistic actor in her new film

The Chandelier singer is preparing for the release of her first feature film, Music, in which Maddie, alongside Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr

This is followed by autistic teen music (Ziegler), which is taken care of by her drug-dealing half-sister Zu (Hudson)

Maddie’s casting has sparked controversy, with many arguing that Sia, whose full name is Sia Furler, should have given the opportunity to an actor who is indeed on the autism spectrum

Maddie, 18, has worked with Sia, 45, for many years and has starred in several of her music videos, including Chandelier and Elastic Heart

Recalling how Maddie had reacted on the first day on set, Sia explained, “She cried and was very scared on the first day of rehearsals and said,” I don’t want anyone to think I’m kidding “I said bravely,” I won’t let that happen”

“Last week I realized that I couldn’t really protect her from what I was thinking. We sent it to the Child Mind Institute and she got 100% performance accuracy. I realize there are some things that are from that I can’t protect her as much as I try ‘

“I was like, that’s me, that’s me”I haven’t been happier since then,” she said

The Cheap Thrills singer previously addressed the backlash on her new movie, telling Channel 10, “There was no way I could have used anyone of Maddie’s level of functionality to play her”” I also needed a dancer for the character’s imaginary life”

“It’s not a documentary Kate is not a drug dealer and Leslie Odom Jr [who plays Ebo] is not from Ghana ’

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