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Lupita Nyong'o Says Taylor Swift Helped Her Through a Hard Time

Taylor Swift holds a special place in Lupita Nyong’o‘s heart!

While promoting her new movie Little Monsters at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the 35-year-old Oscar-winning actress revealed how one of the 29-year-old singer’s helped her get through a difficult time in her career.

“I was going through a hard time professionally, and I was just in a funk,” Lupita said. “I was working abroad, and my best friend came to cheer me up. He played ‘Shake It Off’ on his phone, and we just had a dance party in my bedroom.”

In the film, Lupita plays a kindergarten teacher who needs to protect her students from a zombie apocalypse. Her character then sings “Shake It Off” while playing the ukulele to keep the kids calm.

“It meant a lot to me that this film had that [song],” Lupita added. “And so when I heard that they were having a hard time [getting the rights] I wrote Taylor Swift myself and asked her, and told her that story. And she said yes!”

Also pictured inside: Lupita and co-stars Josh Gad, Charlie Whitley, Diesel La Torraca, and Alexander England along with director Abe Forsythe attending the Little Monsters premiere after attending the IndieWire Studio Presented by Dropbox at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival earlier in the day on Tuesday (January 29) in Park City, Utah.

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