Lupita Nyong’o Was Flown a ‘Star Wars’ Audition Script to Morocco

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Lupita Nyong’o stuns on her first cover of Essence magazine, in which she reflects on her instant rise to success after the release of 12 Years a Slave. “When I dreamed of being an actor, I didn’t dream of the praise that would come with it,” says Nyong’o. “I didn’t dream of the awards. I dreamed of inhabiting different characters. That was the dream.”

She describes the feeling that followed her initial fame as “whiplash”, noting, “I had talked so much about who I was that I’d forgotten who I was.” Despite finding her sea legs in Hollywood, Nyong’o tells Essence that she may never be fully used to standing in a circle of paparazzi flashbulbs. “I don’t think anyone ever gets used to it. It becomes familiar and you stop shaking as much and your body gets used to that level of shock,” she says.

“But it’s like being onstage: You never stop getting butterflies. It’s one of the things that reminds you that you care.”

With her role as Maz Katna in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the horizon, Nyong’o tells the tale of how the film’s director J.J. Abrams initiated her audition. “I was on the way to the beach and all of sudden J.J.’s on the phone. I asked to see the script and they flew someone to Morocco with the script so I could read it,” she says. “I was immediately interested in the character.”

And the rest is history.

Pick up the January 2016 issue of Essence now to read more on Queen Lupita.

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CREDIT: Essence