7 Things You Didn’t Know About Lupita Nyong “O”

Y’all remember Lupita? She was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in “12 Years a Slave. for” Her role as Patsey, the abused house slave with naive hopes of freedom, won most major critics’ awards, and placed her at the top of her game in Hollywood. She became a household name overnight.  After the cut are the 7 things you didn’t know about Lupita Nyong’o.

1. HER MULTI-CULTURAL HERITAGE – Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents of the Luo nation (also President Obama’s people). Her first name is traditionally Mexican, and her surname is very rare in Kenya. Her father, Peter Anyang Nyong’o, a politician — and now a member of the Kenyan parliament — at one time sought refuge in Mexico. When it was safe to return, he took the family back to Kenya. Lupita was raised in Nairobi.

2. HER “CONSTANT GARDENER” RESUME – Remember that Oscar-winning 2004 film with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz? Lupita was visiting family friends outside of Nairobi, and stumbled serendipitously into the film set. Days later, she was hired as Fiennes’ runner. When he inquired about her future prospects and she timidly said she wanted to act, and he gave her an advice that carried her into her successful future: “Lupita, only act if you can’t breathe without it.” 

3. SHE CASTED IN A KENYAN TV SERIES TITLED “SHUGA” – Before her international career launched, Lupita was cast in the Kenyan TV series “Shuga: Love, Sex, Money” in 2008. A popular, and sometimes controversial series commissioned by MTVBase, it chronicled the coming of age of a group of young Kenyans experiencing sexual awakenings. The main objective of the series was to spread HIV/AIDS awareness. 

4. HER LIFE AT FILM SCHOOL – Lupita enrolled in the film and theater studies program at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. She plowed her way through the four-year program ambitiously; where most students were required to make two films, Lupita made five. Professors lauded her for her passion and hard work. This led to high points in her early film career.

5. SHE MADE A DOCUMENTARY- And this was even before Yale! Thinking she wanted her plan B to be film making, she didn’t hold back. In 2009, Lupita wrote, directed, and produced “In My Genes.” The documentary followed Agnes, a Kenyan who is part of the country’s undeserved albino population. Anticipate more film-making work from Lupita, it’s in her genes as well.

6. HER OWNERSHIP OF THE RED CARPET-  On Jan. 16, Lupita’s name was mentioned with four other talented actresses as a nominee for the Best Supporting Actress of 2013. She is pictured above at the Golden Globes  in Ralph Lauren, where her carpet walk caused a sensation; she was included on tons of best-dressed lists including Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and Today.com.

7. STILL SAILING ON THE SEA OF SUCCESS. – Already a part of upcoming films, like the Liam Neeson vehicle “Non-Stop,” to be released in February. She is also the new face of Miu Miu, and has graced the covers of “Dazed and Confused” and “W.” While she will certainly not be wearing her new “It” girl status materialistically, we anticipate both important film roles and her smiling, gorgeous presence at awards shows in the near future. The winner is Lupita Nyong’o!! Chai!!! i wish to be like her when i grow up *lol* don’t mind me o.

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