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Saturday 20 July 2019

Lupita: Fame exploded into my life

Lupita Nyong'o has landed her first Vogue cover
Lupita Nyong'o has landed her first Vogue cover

Lupita Nyong'o has said her sky-rocket to fame after starring in 12 Years A Slave has felt like an explosion in her life.

The 31-year-old star bagged a string of nominations and awards including the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Steve McQueen's film about slavery, and told Vogue how her life has been completely changed.

Lupita said: "It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognising me - before I recognised them!"

And the actress confessed she was baffled when the paparazzi first took her picture.

She revealed: "I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at - and it was me. That was the beginning of the end of my anonymity... Even in my dreams of being an actor, my dream was not in the celebrity. My dream was in the work that I wanted to do."

But Lupita is learning to embrace her fame - tweeting a picture of herself on the cover of the July issue of US Vogue, with the caption: "This Summer, I am totally COVERED!"

Recalling her Oscar triumph, the actress told the magazine the moments after winning were a blur and time stood still.

But she admitted she worried about tripping on stage. "It's not cute if you follow Jennifer Lawrence - it's not cute if you're the second one!" she laughed, referring to Jennifer's famous stumble while collecting her Best Actress Oscar the year before.

Lupita is next set to voice a character in Jon Favreau's take on Disney's The Jungle Book and has landed a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Plus she's going to co-produce and star in an adaptation of the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie book Americanah, saying the story blew her away.

She said of her new projects: "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."

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