If you thought that Lupita Nyong’o’s biggest achievement was winning an Oscar, then you are wrong. The beautiful actress sat down with CNN’s Robyn Kriel in a new episode of ‘Leading Women’ as she speaks about her career, her wish to change the narrative for young Africans and her commitment to protecting elephants.
Lupita credited her dad for being her biggest life influence as she grew up seeing him deliver public speeches with prowess and unmatched confidence.
“He’s very funny and also very at ease in front of people and I think that’s something that may have rubbed off on me. Oral communication is something that’s very important, especially in my ethnic group. It’s the way in which history has been passed down from one generation to another. Therefore, it’s something I regard very highly in which I respect and that I work towards,” she said. It’s only two months until the world premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ the highly anticipated movie in which she is starring. Lupita also got to talk about the importance of women to have mentors.
“I think in the world of acting, someone that has been a mentor to me is Alfre Woodard. I met her on ‘12 Years a Slave’ and she’s been such a great support in just helping me figure out this public life and how to make decisions when I can about what projects to work on and stuff like that,” she said.
Since her breakthrough, she has met the who is who in Hollywood. From Brad Pitt to Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Lupita has made buddies with your dream meet-up celebrities.
On her engagement with the anti-poaching campaign with WildAid as global ambassador, she feels honored to be part of such a vital cause.
“It’s definitely a passion of mine and I’m looking forward to the work that I’m going to do with that organization. Other than that, I like to cook and spend time with my friends and watch movies and I love to dance,” Lupita added.
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