LUPITA IN '12 YEARS A SLAVE' COVERS DUJOUR MAGAZINE
A woman to watch out for is newcomer- 30-year-old actress Lupita Nyongo, who made her debut in Steve McQueens ‘12 Years A Slave’ as the slave owners love interest. Complex yes, but she did a fantastic job. This woman is a Yale School Drama graduate raised in Nairobi but now living in Brooklyn. Lupita sat down with Dujour Magazine telling us how she's been handling her new found recognition, and let's not forget this woman is a Black beauty. She could have been a model, but Lupita's passion is deffinately acting for now. Check out what she had to say:
On her new found fame:
My life changed about three weeks ago. That’s when my schedule went from nil to this. Lots of people come up and touch my back and want to give me a hug. At this point, it’s not too crazy. I let them hug me."
On auditioning for 12 Years a Slave:
When I learned Steve McQueen was directing and Brad Pitt was producing, I thought, Well, this is huge. I had no expectation of getting the role at all; it was just too out there for me to think I had a chance. So I approached the audition like a rehearsal. It was my chance to have that role for 10 minutes, and I owned it. Then I got the part and the panic began.
On meeting different celebs:
Actors will come up to me and they look so familiar—it’s killing me because I can’t remember. I spend all this time trying to place people, and it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s the woman from Luther, not the woman who did my hair last week.’ Some people have watched the film, so they acknowledge me, but I know I’ve never met them. Or I think I haven’t. It’s quite bizarre.
On what she wants for her future:
I would love to have a career that’s governed by the material; I always want to be part of stories that I feel are worthwhile. And they don’t all have to be as heavy as 12 Years a Slave. I do my best work when I feel conviction to say something through the character I play. Always I want to have integrity and not compromise that."
Visit Dujour.com for the full interview.
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