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Lupita Nyong'o Had No Expectations of Landing '12 Years a Slave' Role

Lupita Nyong'o Had No Expectations of Landing '12 Years a Slave' Role

Lupita Nyong’o looks gorgeous on the cover of DuJour magazine’s latest issue.

Here’s what the 30-year-old 12 Years a Slave star had to share with the mag:

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 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.”

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  • Lana

    love her ! finally new faces in this industry !

  • Z

    Another black actress that only gets attention because of a typical role for black people. Probably her last movie anyway.

  • jane

    WOW I absolutely LOVE this girl. She looks stunning

  • Mrs. Gaston

    @Z – it is way too early in the new year for all that negativity! plus, i bet she’s doing more with her career than you are with yours! anyway, back to LUPITA – she is PHENOMENAL and i absolutely love her! she is beautiful and talented and humble and i wish her much success!

  • lia

    @Z: another douchebag …

  • lovely

    I hope she wins awards season, she deserves all the supporting actress awards, she did amazing in 12YAS. She’s absolutely gorgeous too and gives eloquent answers, but I’d expect that from a Yale drama graduate like Lupita ;D

    @Z: loooool you wish it was her last you ignorant racist. This is her first featured film and has gotten nominations on the spot. This girl is an inspiration and we need more girls like her in this industry. I see great things in this girl’s future. :)

  • Summer

    She is just so beautiful and flawless.

  • fardous

    she is just beautiful . i didnt yet see her film but i, liking her so far

  • liz

    ooh i wanted see this. i think i read the book a while back

  • Sharon


    Do you want to explain out me what a “typical role” for black people entails? Only one black woman has ever own best actress so don’t try to act as if it is unfair for her to be nominated. Almost very role in Hollywood is made for Caucasian actors. How ignorant of you.

  • Putain

    What a beautiful, talented, well-spoken woman. She deserves all the success she’s having and I hope she slays this awards season and goes on to have a great career.

  • Z


    Almost every role in Hollywood is made for Caucasian actors?! NO role in Hollywood is made for white actors unless it’s a autobiographical movie. Maybe you should take a look around and tell me how many talented black actors/actresses we have. Exactly. Barely any. So, maybe that’s the reason why there aren’t more movies with black actors and actresses and they keep getting Awards and nominations for characters that only black people can play. Don’t play the race card when it’s actually just a matter of talent.

  • Shamu

    She’s gorgeous, but wont get any good roles. Unles she is willing to be naked a lot.

  • Cate

    She’s stunning! So happy to see her land a cover.

  • hahaha

    @Z: you are so effing ignorant its hilarious. now you’re gonna say we dont have enough hispanic actors in movies because they’re not talented enough to be in movies. oh please stfu. there are TOO MANY white actors that aren’t even good f****** actors yet they still get overpaid millions, and its the same stupid actors getting hired for every role, once hollywood realizes that they are boring audiences and there is a decline in moviegoers, they will know why very fast, ITS THE SAME DAMN ACTORS, AUDIENCES WANT VARIETY CAUSE THAT IS “REAL”. being a minority race trying to get into the hollywood game is very difficult in the beginning of their careers unless there are casting calls that actually ask for a black, hispanic, asian, indian, or mixed race. Casting calls have “description stats” that agents have to look through to make sure their actors are able to audition for the roles, there is a specific look that is requested for every movie role, that’s why many of the actors that go to the auditions all look the same unless they say on the casting call “no specific race required”. there are actually many talented hispanic actors and actresses that have changed their names so it sounded more american JUST so they can have better chances of getting caucasian/european parts for movies that wouldn’t have been given to them because of the “race card” since there are alot of hispanics that can look european or arabic, because NEWFLASH: the majority of hispanics didn’t originate from central or south america, they originated in EUROPE!!!!!! bet you didnt know that ignorant f***. and another good example is the modeling industry. there are absolutely STUNNING black and minority race women that should be top models yet designers either wont hire them at all or will only hire one black model for a fashion show cause it isnt PC enough for the designers. modeling casting directors aim for the white agenda thats all over the media to express that light hair, skin and eyes is what the “ideal beauty” is and its bullshit tbh.

  • Reba

    @Z: are you ignorant, or just stupid? Either way, what a waste of a soul you are!


    in the United States is for black “giants” like Oprah, Tyler Perry, F. Gary Gray, Shonda Rhimes and Quincy Jones to get together with all their collective talents and put the the brightest, most talented and beautiful black people in projects that really showcase black people in the BEST light. Enough with Jerry Springer, Maury Povich and all that cr@p taking advantage of the most ignorant, down-trodden members of the black race on a daily basis for their OWN benefit. Oprah alone has the money and she is a great actress, but she doesn’t know how to make great movies. Tyler Perry has excellent ideas and creativity galore, but he needs someone to help him transfer his ideas to the big screen because he is not a film maker. F Gary Gray directed and produced “The Italian Job,” so he knows how to handle a camera. Shonda Rhimes is a dynamo all by herself and thank God for her giving black actors and actresses so many wonderful opportunities. But if you joined Shonda’s resources with people like, say, Oprah and Quincy Jones — or the rest of them — Wow! Excellence could come from that. Black people must find a way to elevate themselves and their image in this country, because other races only go so far and typically stick to stereotypes. If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself! That rings true.

  • true

    @hahaha: You are completely right! It’s all a part of the “machine” to keep Caucasians as the Top Dogs and continue the LIE that they are the best, most desirable people of all the peoples on this earth. UGH!!! If you want to see a really attractive group of Latinos on TV, you have to watch their channels or their soap operas. That is uncalled for.

  • ellen

    lupita deserves the oscar more than, she did amazing in 12YAS. im surprised a role as small as jennifer’s could even qualify for awards season, she was barely in AH. lupita was the one that really gave a true supporting actress performance.

  • Kelsz

    LUPITA has to win, I’m tired of the Jennifer Lawrence buzz. She is okay to win MTV movie awards, not an Oscar. I still can’t believe she won last year, sure her performance was good but there were better ones IMO. I do like JL personality, she is young and its refreshing to see her but Lupita did an OUTSTANDING job in Twelve Years a Slave. She just blew my mind. I would lose all respect to the Academy if she loses.

  • chitta

    Well deserved, way to go girl and shine Africa. Love the movie too as Brad Pitt has taken part and produced it!

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