WATCH: Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘Star Wars’ Audition Was Kind of Bizarre
The “Force” isn’t always so clear.
Lupita Nyong’o tells Ellen DeGeneres that her audition for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was everything but a normal experience. In fact, she didn’t even know which movie the role was for and barely remembers the process since she was hyped up on adrenaline.
“I remember crouching around,” she says, recalling being given a substitute script from a different film. “And I was using my hands as a gun, I remember that.”
Two months later, director J.J. Abrams called her to offer a role in Star Wars, his then-upcoming motion capture film that used plastic dot sensors to capture the actors’ expressions. “It’s like stickers,” describes Nyong’o. “But then a little tougher than stickers … and then they stick them all on your face and there’s more than 100. I want to say definitely more than 125.”
The actress ended up with dots in her mouth by lunchtime, which she may or may not have eaten as an appetizer.
“Do you think that is good for you?” asks DeGeneres.
“I’m choosing my poison,” Nyong’o responds.
Check out their Star Wars chat in the video above, and watch Nyong’o do her best woodpecker impression in a round of “Heads Up” in the video below. Catch Lupita’s TV appearance on Ellen on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015.