Lupita Nyong’o might have just had the best birthday ever after winning Best Supporting Female at the Independent Spirit Awards.
On Saturday, at the press room in Santa Monica Beach, Lupita talked about her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave and the challenges she faced.
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“For me—this being my first film and working with actors and Steve that I had grown to really deeply respect and admire—for me, my first and hardest thing to get over was my self-doubt,” the 31-year-old actress shared.
Lupita is also nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category up against Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and June Squibb.
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“There was a lot of pain to Patsey but also so much beauty,” Nyong’o added. “The one thing that I’ve taken away as a lesson is to be present. It’s the one thing that has gotten me through this crazy period of time.”
During her acceptance speech at the Independent Spirit Awards, Lupita talked about her earlier years, how her mom would drive her to auditions—dedicating the award to her—and not knowing what an independent film was.
"Growing up in Kenya I really didn’t understand the difference between independent and not independent film," she said," and then in college I realized, 'Oh indie film is where stuff actually happens, stuff that matters.'"
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