Lupita Nyong'o Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


22nd September 2016

Quote: "I don't know where this rumour came from... It hurt my feelings, because I've shot my scenes." Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o dismisses reports suggesting she won't feature in the new Star Wars film. The actress portrayed Maz Kanata in last year's (15) Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


11th April 2016

Fact: Actresses Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore, and Mariska Hargitay were saluted for their charity efforts at Variety's Power of Women: New York event on Friday (08Apr16). Ballet star Misty Copeland, fashion designer Vera Wang, and U.S. newswoman Megyn Kelly were also honoured at the bash.


3rd February 2016

Quote: "I think what we are asking for is really for more stories to be told, for inclusion in the stories that are told. It's good for all of us when we hear a diverse number of stories and are able to experience more diversity. It's more reflective of the world we live in. I think that's what we ultimately want, is for a diversity of stories to be told." Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o calls on movie studio bosses and filmmakers to do more to tackle the issue of diversity in Hollywood after previously expressing her disappointment over the lack of minority actors and films shortlisted for top honours at the 2016 Academy Awards.


16th December 2015

Quote: "I remember very vividly meeting Chewbacca for the first time. He had his head off and he was just drinking coffee. I went up to him and I just wanted to stroke him. Probably not a good first impression." Actress Lupita Nyong'o was starstruck by the iconic furry character while filming Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.


15th December 2015

Quote: "I have really enjoyed the secrecy. It's been fun, it's like a power trip!" Actress Lupita Nyong'o loved keeping the plot of her new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens under wraps.


1st December 2015

Fact: Actress Lupita Nyong'o and the cast of hit play Eclipsed are set to make Broadway history when the production premieres next year (16) - the drama will be the first production to be comprised entirely of female cast members, director and playwright. Eclipsed, written by The Walking Dead's Danai Gurrira, ended its sold-out engagement at New York's The Public Theater on Sunday (29Nov15), and the complete original cast will return for the Broadway show at the Golden Theatre on 23 February (16).


12th November 2015

Quote: "I had some specific ideas about how she would work and what she would do. I had this pitch about these goggles that she wore. Her eyes are an important aspect of her character, and you'll see how it plays out. She was a pirate for a long time... She's lived over a thousand years. She's had this watering hole for about a century, and it's like another bar that you'd find in a corner of the Star Wars universe." Filmmaker J.J. Abrams offers up details about Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o's alien character Maz in the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.


1st October 2015

Quote: "This was one of the most memorable shoots for me, and interview experiences. I mean, I was wearing couture and it felt so good to be wearing all these handmade pieces that had been made with so many hands and so much care. I mean, I felt really, really beautiful in this shoot. Mert (Alas) and Marcus (Piggott), whom I've worked with many times, they were the photographers, they made me feel at home and it was just such a spectacular experience." Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o revelled in the chance to model high fashion pieces for her second Vogue U.S. cover. The actress graces the front of the October (15) issue in a gold Valentino Haute Couture dress with red and black accents.


18th August 2015

Quote: "I'm really dying to be in a comedy. I'd love to be in a love story! How about some of that?" 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o is hoping for more laughs in her next project. The Oscar winner is soon to be seen in the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, the live-action/animated reboot of The Jungle Book and Ugandan chess drama The Queen of Katwe.


10th February 2015

Quote: "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 recognises you when you're waiting in line, it's awkward." Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o on the downside of fame.


4th November 2014

Quote: "Oprah played a big role in my understanding of what it meant to be female and to really step into your own power. I wouldn't even call her a role model; she was literally a reference point. You have the dictionary, you have the Bible, you have Oprah." Actress Lupita Nyong'o considers media mogul Oprah Winfrey one of the biggest influences in her life.


17th October 2014

Quote: "It wasn't on a whim, I spent days thinking about it first. Once I did it, it was very liberating, but I also felt very naked. When you feel the wind on your scalp, it's like, 'Oh, my God'. But I've kept my hair short ever since." Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o on the origins of her cropped hairstyle.


15th August 2014

Quote: "I witnessed the man who adds so much beauty to my life legalize his beautiful marriage. Thank you for the reminder that love and its declaration can be simple. Congratulations @tedgibsonbeauty." Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o celebrates on Instagram.com after attending her hairstylist Ted Gibson's nuptials with Jason Backe in New York City on Wednesday (13Aug14).


6th August 2014

Fact: Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, Neil Patrick Harris and Brits Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba and Michelle Dockery are among the first-timers on the new 2014 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.


3rd June 2014

Quote: "I was cast two weeks ago. I'm glad it's out." Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is relieved she no longer has to keep her role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode Vii a secret following producers' casting announcement on Monday (02Jun14). She joins Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and Andy Serkis and original franchise stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in the new sequel, which began shooting in the U.K. on 16 May (14).


19th May 2014

Quote: "I was taking a p**s. And I did have a sneaky vodka tonic. But I got totally caught out... I was thinking that category was going to be way down the line. And then, of course, you can't get back in until it's a commercial break, so I watched it backstage." Michael Fassbender missed out on watching his 12 Years A Slave co-star Lupita Nyong'o win the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in person after taking a toilet break during the Hollywood ceremony.


16th May 2014

Fact: Hollywood actresses Rooney Mara, Naomi Watts, Lupita Nyong'o and Julianne Moore were honoured at the Calvin Klein Women in Film event at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday (15May14). The stars gathered at a private villa for the exclusive bash and were also treated to a performance by British singer Jessie Ware.


7th May 2014

Tweet: "Yup! This happened!!!! #StillScreamingInside" Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o was left starstruck during a meeting with Beyonce at the 2014 Costume Institute Gala in New York on Monday (05Apr14). She posted a photo of herself alongside her 12 Years a Slave co-star Sarah Paulson, Beyonce, and her sister Solange Knowles.


24th April 2014

Quote: "After the Oscars, I lay low for a week and I wore the same outfit every day - and that felt great." Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o felt relief after a hectic 2014 awards season, having appeared on 65 red carpets between September (13) and March (14).


23rd April 2014

Quote: "The weirdest rumour I heard about myself was that I was married and had a son. That one was odd!" Actress Lupita Nyong'o is baffled by some of the more bizarre rumours about her life.


10th April 2014

Quote: "I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. It's not even about the outcome; it's about the agony of the unknown. It's like waiting for test results in a hospital." 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o on hearing her category of Best Supporting Actress announced at the Academy Awards - a prize which she went on to win.


5th March 2014

Fact: Oscar winners Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o were among the stars in the audience for the Miu Miu show at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday (05Mar14), after jetting in from Los Angeles, fresh from their Academy Awards victories. R&B singer Rihanna was also sitting front row for the presentations.


3rd March 2014

Quote: "It hasn't set in. I haven't even slept! It is overwhelming, but at the same time, this is the thing I dreamed for, it's the thing that I availed myself for. I'm just trying to allow myself to absorb it all." Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is still pinching herself after her big win for 12 Years A Slave on Sunday (02Mar14).


3rd March 2014

Quote: "I think that's his win for sure. He got into the most famous selfie in the world. I'm glad I could have facilitated that." Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o is thrilled to have given her brother Peter the chance to sneak into a photo alongside stars including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey and Brad Pitt at the Academy Awards prizegiving on Sunday (02Mar14).


3rd March 2014

Quote: "It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's, and so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey (her character) for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own." 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o made sure to note the hardship and heartache suffered by those before her, as described in the memoirs of the film's real-life inspiration, Solomon Northup, as she accepted the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress on Sunday (02Mar14).


3rd March 2014

Quote: "I went to the Independent Spirit Awards and won." Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong'o on how she celebrated her 31st birthday on Saturday (01Mar14).


26th February 2014

Fact: 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o has a very busy weekend planned - her new film, Non-Stop, opens in America on Friday (28Feb14), she turns 31 on Saturday (01Mar14) and she is a favourite to pick up the Best Supporting Actress award at the Oscars on Sunday (02Feb14).


25th February 2014

Quote: "The worst thing was the cold. In Kenya, we don't have four seasons; we just have rain or no rain... This idea for dressing for seasons is very foreign... When I got to Massachusetts, my body just didn't know what cold felt like and so before Halloween I was already in gloves and a ski-mask. You couldn't tell what race I was." 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o on her childhood transition from life in Africa to chilly Massachusetts.


21st February 2014

Quote: "I thought Miley Cyrus broke us up. That was the last thing I heard." Actress Lupita Nyong'o laughs off rumours she is secretly dating fellow Oscar nominee Jared Leto. The Dallas Buyers Club actor has been linked to both the 12 Years A Slave beauty and pop star Cyrus in recent weeks.


20th February 2014

Quote: "I feel very fortunate to be in this position, and I know that it means more to people because I am an African and I am dark-skinned. In many ways me being on the scene is doing for little girls everywhere what Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg did for me. My world exploded by them being on screen. Hopefully I will inspire and be meaningful to other people." 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o hopes her newfound success will motivate a new generation of young black actresses.


18th February 2014

Quote: "I dance. I do a lot of dancing before I get dressed." 12 Years A Slave star and new fashion darling Lupita Nyong'o on her unusual routine before getting ready for awards shows.


10th February 2014

Quote: "I've been in a bubble. I haven't been out much. I haven't gotten used to being recognised. I was blissfully ignorant of the magnitude of the project I was in or what it was going to mean for the world." Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong'o on the sudden fame and multiple accolades she's received for her moving role in 12 Years A Slave.


17th January 2014

Quote: "I'd like to dedicate this to my uncle... who always came to watch every single play I was in and on one of the last performances he saw me in, he said, 'You're good, but let's see what Hollywood thinks of you'. He didn't live to see this day, but I'm sure he's proud of me." 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o dedicated her Critics Choice Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress win to her late uncle on Thursday night (16Jan14).


11th January 2014

Fact: Hollywood newcomer Lupita Nyong'o has landed a new role as the face of Miu Miu's Spring 2014 fashion campaign. The 12 Years A Slave star joins Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning and Bella Heathcote in the colourful clothing ads, in which they each model patterned dresses, bags, shoes and stockings.


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