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Lupita Nyong'o to 'Lucky' Mag: Fame Can Be 'Awkward'

Lupita Nyong'o to 'Lucky' Mag: Fame Can Be 'Awkward'

Lupita Nyong’o takes the cover of Lucky magazine’s March 2015 issue, looking as gorgeous as always!

Here’s what the 31-year-old Oscar winner had to share:

On pursuing acting: “I didn’t feel like I had a full grasp of my instrument [before applying to the Yale School of Drama]. I needed to know more. Pursuing acting in that way made me feel equipped and helped me manage my inner critic, which is something I thought I really needed-the ability to quiet that voice that says ‘You can’t do this.’”

On the pitfalls of fame: “The not-so-fun part of all this is that when I don’t feel like being famous, I still am. When you’re in the middle of Manhattan and you have to pop into Starbucks to use the restroom and everyone recognizes you when you’re waiting in line, it’s awkward.”

On speaking in public: “It makes me very nervous. My heart is on my sleeve when I do those things, but the only way I know to do them is to speak from my heart. So it costs me a lot…and then I need to take a nap.”

For more from Lupita, visit LuckyMag.com.

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  • Gerard Butthole

    Bitch, please. Fame can be awkward? Seriously? You make millions of dollars by basically pretending to be other people. You get pampered and treated like royalty by our celeb-obsessed culture, and what you do for a living isn’t that difficult. And you say “fame can be awkward?” Bitch, please.

  • Guest

    Love Lupi!! She is so beautiful!

  • Gabrielle

    My goodness she’s GORGEOUS. I always just want to stare her. She’s genetically perfect.

  • Gerard Butthole

    Genetically perfect? LOL. Wow, you have pretty low standards. Mind-boggling. You must be butt-ugly if she is what you consider genetically perfect. Wow.

  • Ida

    Her skin is flawless….

  • Gabrielle

    Last time I checked people had their own opinions. As a grown woman (not a child), I think Lupita is absolutely gorgeous. She’s talented, naturally beautiful, and intelligent. Hell yeah I think shes perfect. Her dark skin, short (un-straightened) hair, and lack of breast implants/injections dont follow the generic look most people in entertainment have…and that makes her stunning to me.

  • Gabrielle

    Im sure it’s awkward when people like you (that she doesnt even know exists)scrutinize and judge her all the time.

  • JD

    I used to like Lupita a lot, but for her to say that it “costs her” a lot to speak in public? I’m sure it’s nerve-wracking, but that sounds like something someone who’s grown up with a great deal of privilege would say.

    And for any actor to say that they didn’t “have a full grasp of [their] instrument”…well, yes, I understand that this is how pretentious, artsy people speak. But please, Lupita, rein it in before you start sounding like Gwyneth.

  • SkinnyFat

    she isn’t THAT famous. she could walk into Starbucks and I wouldn’t notice her.

  • lolme

    she is pretty. But is she still acting?

  • Betty Bucket

    I kinda hoped her and Fassbender would become a couple. She’s cute!

  • Barry

    My thought exactly.

  • Guest

    One of the most beautiful working right now. Stunning.

  • Lylian

    Gerard Butthole • 10 hours ago

    Bitch, please. Fame can be awkward? Seriously? You make millions of dollars by basically pretending to be other people. You get pampered and treated like royalty by our celeb-obsessed culture, and what you do for a living isn’t that difficult. And you say “fame can be awkward?” Bitch, please.

    >>>>>>>>>

    First of all, Lupita hasn’t made millions of dollars. She didn’t make millions in Twelve Years a Slave – as that was essentially her first movie. Since winning the oscars, roles like the ones Jennifer Lawrence had been offered have not rolled in for Lupita. She did Star Wars – probably a minor role. She’s now developing her own movie based on the book Americana with Plan B and Oyelowo. Why does she need to do that? Because the roles haven’t come in for her.

    Second, she didn’t say it was awkward to be famous all the time. She said that ” … when I don’t feel like being famous, I still am. When you’re in the middle of Manhattan and you have to pop into Starbucks to use the restroom and everyone recognizes you when you’re waiting in line, its awkward.”

    So in other words. There are times when she doesn’t want to be famous, but you can’t shrug it off. And she’s not saying she’s so famous, people recognise her whilst popping into Starbucks. Rather, it’s when she’s waiting in a queue to use the restroom and people have time to look at each other and they go “Oh – don’t I know that face from some where? hmmmm. OMG! Its Lupita.”

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I’m sick of her. Seriously. She’s done TWO MOVIES, one of which she was in for 25% of the time. ENOUGH.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Take a good look at Fassbender’s track record: he likes “dark-skinned” women but none of them are actually very dark. He likes mocha — not African. I laugh when people brag about him being so progressive that he dates “dark-skinned women”.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    She’s totally full of sh*t and I’m glad people are starting to notice the fakery in her dramatic “woe is me” comments. Just like when she was in tears about how it has been SO HARD for her with her skin color to get ahead in life — yet most people don’t know that she is the privileged daughter of a high-ranking government official. She was sent to private school and educated at Yale Drama School. This is why she was able to piddle around doing bits of theatre and other bits of things here and there until she was 30 years old without worrying about money. She’s never had pay her dues in the acting world. She’s straight up elitist and privileged all the way.

  • smokeskater

    GET USE TO HER.

  • Jennifer

    Never mind, you’ll just have to have the sick bag by your side for a longgggggggggggg time to come, cos, she’s here, now in HW. It’s her time to shine, and you’ll just have to deal.
    Have a nice friday

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    It’s her time to shine?? Um, SHE HAS NO WORK. She’s got a little role coming up in a movie that will be full of A-list names much bigger than hers, and nothing else on her calendar.