Lupita Nyong'o: 'My Oscar gave me freedom'

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13 December 2015

Lupita Nyong'o is grateful her Oscar win has afforded her choice in her career.

The 32-year-old actress had the best possible start in Hollywood when she won the supporting actress Academy Award for her role as Patsey in 2013's 12 Years a Slave, which also marked her first motion picture. She's been selective about her projects since, with her patience paying off, as her next roles include the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book. But she doesn't think she'd have the luxury of options had it not been for her big win.

'I’d like to believe that it has afforded me choice'

“Well… it’s not an obvious thing. It’s very hard to tell for sure, seeing as (12 Years a Slave) was my introduction to the world, to the film industry," she explained to Refinery29 when asked if the golden statue changed her life professionally. "So I don’t have a before and an after. I just have that as my first experience, so I’d like to believe that it has afforded me choice. I feel like I can make certain choices and I can go after things that I’m passionate about and kind of see them happen."

She cites stage show Eclipsed as one of the projects her Oscar led to, as she was quickly approached about theatre work following the victory.

Her win not only boosted her career, but also saw Lupita's self-confidence soar. Having previously admitted she struggled to accept her dark skin as a young girl, the star finally feels comfortable in herself and hopes others will take notice of her actions.

“It feels good! I’m glad I’m in the position I’m in and I’m glad I get to be an example for all the younger people who may not have that many examples of my complexion," she smiled. "So I feel privileged to be in that position. I feel like I’m on the right path for whatever it is I’m meant to do. I’m just going to continue doing that. And the role model aspect of it will take care of itself.”

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