Lupita Nyong’o Interview – The Queen of Katwe – “I knew I had to be a part of this beautiful African love song”



Lupita Nyong’o doesn’t strike me as someone who loves a press tour. Highly intelligent and articulate, the repetitious cycle might seem boring and tiresome. But today I’m greeted by an enthusiastic actress and ambassador for new Disney classic, The Queen of Katwe.


Q: A coincidence seeing as you previously had a connection with her…

NYONG’O: … And nothing had ever crossed my desk like this before. Characters that were so real to me. So layered and so complex, authentic and dignified. I was literally ten pages into the script and I was weeping, ten pages in and I knew I had to be a part of this beautiful African love song that was so ingrained with vision and magic. I sent an email to my representative and saying, I have to make this film.

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