It’s Lupita Nyong’o season as she promotes her new film with acclaimed Director, Jordan Peele. Her latest editorial with Another magazine is positively haunting.
The movie star is described as “Majesty” on the cover of the magazine’s latest issue as she poses with her glorious afro on display and vampy makeup. No doubt an ode to her upcoming horror movie with Jordan Peele.
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The magazine describes the Oscar-winning star as ”principled yet unpredictable, considered yet authentic”. A fitting profile of the beautiful star.
In the interview, she talks to the magazine about her new movie “Us”, working with director Jordan Peele, her role in “Black Panther” and so much more.
Read excerpts from the interview below.
On working with Jordan Peele in Us: “But that’s why I wanted to do it. I mean, I’d walk off a cliff for Jordan Peele,” Nyong’o says now. “I was madly in love with the mind of Jordan from the Key & Peele days, and I remember putting him on my ‘one day I’ll work with’ list. Then I saw Get Out. I saw it in the cinema five times in one month. I was just so fascinated by it. Then he approached me to do this film. He sent this script – I’m usually very slow at reading scripts. He sent it to me and in 24 hours I knew I would be insane to pass it up.” In true Peele fashion, Us promises a story that makes people look at themselves psychologically, socially and culturally, through the horror genre. Or, as he himself puts it: “We are our own worst enemies.”
On her childhood in Kenya: “I come from a big family [she is the second of six siblings] and I’m really close to my extended family,” she says. “I remember my childhood as being very vibrant, spending Sundays at one of my cousin’s houses and walking to the pool club – we’d spend all afternoon swimming and eating chips and sausage. Growing up, there was lots of noise, there were lots of people, lots of options.”
On Black Panther: “When I think what Black Panther has done for Africans and Africans in their diaspora, it’s this allegorical story about the relationship between Africa and America, reflected in the relationship between T’Challa and Killmonger. It’s a chance for both to consider each other’s perspective in a way that I don’t think popular culture has been effective at doing. It’s really the start of a long-overdue conversation. In no way does it call for answers, but it’s the opportunity to begin to [rexognize] what it is we have in common.”
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