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Sia defends her decision to cast Maddie Ziegler

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The “Chandelier” singer appeared on Australia’s “The Sunday Project,” to explain the reasoning behind her choice. Ziegler is set to play Music, a teen with autism who ends up living with her drug-dealing sister Zu, played by Kate Hudson.

“I realized it wasn’t ableism, I mean it is ableism I guess as well, but it’s actually nepotism because I can’t do a project without her. I don’t want to. I wouldn’t make art if it didn’t include her,” Sia said.

The singer had from some in the autistic community, with people saying she should have cast someone who is actually on the autism spectrum rather than Ziegler, who has appeared in Sia’s music .

Ziegler had been apprehensive about pulling off the , Sia added, but said she nailed the in rehearsals according to medical experts.

“She cried on the first of rehearsals and she was really scared and said, ‘I don’t want anyone to think that I’m making fun of them.’ I bold-facedly said, ‘I won’t let that happen,'” Sia said.

“Last week I realized I couldn’t really protect her from that, which I I could,” Sia added. “We sent it off to the Child Mind Institute and she received 100% as performance accuracy. I realize that there are some things I can’t protect her from as much as I try.”

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