Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has had powerful forces in her corner since the beginning of her career.
The 36-year-old star rose to fame after appearing in 12 Years a Slave in 2013, which led to her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress. The Black Panther star opened up about her close relationships with Oprah Winfrey, Sara Paulson and Brad Pitt and how the stars helped guide her in her career with Net-A-Porter’s weekly digital magazine PorterEdit. According to E! News, Nyong’o told the magazine she always felt welcomed in Hollywood from day one and affectionally said Paulson was “everything to me.”
The Star Wars star also said actress Alfre Woodard was a huge help to her in the early stages in her career. While she had immense support from her castmates, she said a party at Woodard’s was the catalyst to Nyong’o’s financial knowledge in Hollywood.
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Though her acting career only spans a short six years, Nyong’o has made a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s “it girls” and constantly takes on new roles. Her latest role, Us, is a thriller from Get Out director Jordan Peele and follows a family’s fight for survival from four masked replicas of themselves.
“I literally watched [director Jordan Peele’s] Get Out five times in one month while I was making Black Panther,” Nyong’o told PorterEdit of the film, which debuts on March 21. ” I had things to do but I would make the time to go to the cinema and watch that film because I loved it so much. The topic of discussion [in Us] is not the color of [the characters’] skin. In this, a family that is black is going through something catastrophic.”