Lupita Nyong’o – New for ‘Hilton Magazines’. #content
It’s been a busy last couple of years for Nyong’o whose career seemed to be floundering in the period immediately following her Oscar triumph. She couldn’t seem to find the right vehicle that would maintain her Hollywood momentum. But things started to turn around for her after landing the supporting role of pirate Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and voicing the role of the fiercely protective wolf mother, Raksha, in the Disney Studios’ live-action/animated reboot of THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016).
Then came her critically-acclaimed appearance in The Queen of Katwe, playing the part of Harriet, the mother of a young girl who rises from the slums and grinding poverty of Uganda to achieve international glory as an unlikely chess champion. Based on a true story, the film was directed by Mira Nair who gave Nyong’o one of her first film jobs as an 18-year-old production assistant at the film academy that Nair runs in Kampala, Uganda. Lupita later worked as an intern on The Namesake, the 2007 drama that Nair shot in New York.