Friday, 26 January 2018

"There is a part of me that will always feel unattractive" Lupita Nyong'o covers The Hollywood Reporter (Photos)

She is an Oscar award winner and a symbol of glamour and beauty.

But when she covered the latest The Hollywood Reporter, Lupita Nyong'o confessed: 'There is a part of me that will always feel unattractive.'

The 34-year-old feels however that this complex is 'OK, because it will keep me grounded. I don't need to be so full of myself that I feel I am without flaw.'
She said: 'I can feel beautiful and imperfect at the same time. I have a healthy relationship with my aesthetic insecurities.'

As the #MeToo movement took off late last year, Lupita wrote an op-ed in the New York Times detailing her own sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein.
'I felt uncomfortable in my silence, and I wanted to liberate myself from it and contribute to the discussion. That was just what I felt I needed to do, quite viscerally. I couldn't sleep. I needed to get it out,' she told The Hollywood Reporter.

She wrote in the Times that she went to Harvey's home - at his request - for a movie screening, but that he soon asked to massage her.
In a panic, Lupita offered to massage him, reasoning that this would give her some control. Harvey ultimately told her he would take his pants off, and she left.

At a later date, she had dinner with him and he told her: 'Let's cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.'

In Lupita's writing, Harvey told her that 'If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing.'
She refused, saying: 'With all due respect, I would not be able to sleep at night if I did what you are asking.' After that, she made a point of never working with him.

After she wrote her New York Times article, Lupita shared it with her mother Dorothy.

'I had to talk to her about it because it was something that we hadn't talked about. She was really moved and very supportive,' the Kenyan actress said.
Lupita has voiced Maz Kanata the two latest Star Wars Episodes, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but is still unsure whether she will be in the next one.

'I don't know yet. I'll know soon,' she confided.

She recalled being offered the role, sharing that 'an assistant was flown to my hotel, with a script in a locked contraption' as Lupita holidayed in Morocco.

'It looked like something out of Star Wars,' she quipped.

'And he made me sign something and gave me instructions. I had a certain number of hours to read the script, and the assistant was just waiting, waiting in Morocco for me to finish reading so that he could put it in that locked thing and take it back.'

Next month will see the release of her Marvel film Black Panther - a film she agreed to act in before she even got to read the screenplay.

'We were creating an aspirational world where an African people are in charge of their own destiny. And that really appealed to me and had the little girl inside me jumping for joy,' said Lupita, the daughter of a Kenyan politician who opposed Daniel arap Moi's regime and was imprisoned more than once.
'To just have African people, black people, at the center of that narrative is so exciting,' she said of Black Panther.

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