Lupita Nyong’o believes the craft of acting requires a “deep trust” and lots of preparation.
Lupita Nyong’o finds acting simultaneously “stressful and magical”.
The 12 Years a Slave star has received just under 40 nominations this awards season for her work in the historical drama, including an Academy Award nod for Best Supporting Actress.
And Lupita, 30, reveals shooting the picture on a hot southern plantation was quite draining.
“It was very stressful,” the thespian said of the filming process, before moving on to explain why the hard work was ultimately fulfilling.
“Acting is an exercise of deep trust in yourself and an exercise in letting go: Do [all of your preparation] and then trust that when the [filming] day comes, and you’re in the room with Michael Fassbender, what you need will come through. That’s what’s magical about acting — it’s something you never do on your own.”
Lupita landed her 12 Years a Slave role immediately after graduating with an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
She has already directed 2009 documentary In My Genes and the star is looking forward to working on similar creative projects in the future.
“I’m interested in generating work for myself,” Lupita detailed.
“I have trouble with this waiting-for-the-phone-to-ring lifestyle, especially after drama school, which was so creatively fulfilling.”
But before getting involved in new projects Lupita must survive a hectic awards season, which is the first for the breakthrough actress.
She reveals the annual Hollywood festivities have been extraordinarily broadening.
“I didn’t know there was an awards season before I started this thing,” Lupita said.
“All of it is a first for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s got a culture of its own.”