Nyong'o's Vogue cover has seen the star open up on fame
Having won an Oscar for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o has likened award season and, more specifically, the red carpet, to a war zone. The 31-year-old star was talking to Vogue as part of her well-documented cover feature.
Luptia Nyong'o thinks the red carpet is a war zone. Luckily, this one's blue
“Everyone said, 'Brace yourself, Lupita! Keep a granola bar in that clutch of yours!'” she explained. “I didn't really understand what they meant, and it was only once it was past that I realized that my body had been holding on by a thread to get through this very intense experience. Nothing can prepare you for awards season,” she added. “'The red carpet feels like a war zone, except you cannot fly or fight; you just have to stand there and take it,” she explained.
For Nyong’o, who was relatively unknown before her breakthrough, Oscar-winning role, fame crept up on her as if from nowhere
''It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life,” she revealed. “People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me - before I recognized them!”
Nyong’o has now signed on to a number of excited new projects, including a voice role in Jon Favreau's take on Disney's The Jungle, a role in Star Wars: Episode VII and a co-producer/starring role in an adaptation of the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie book Americanah.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to be working in these fantastical realms. They're worlds away from 12 Years A Slave, that's for sure - but that kind of diversity is what dreams are made of,” she said of her new projects.