Mexican-Born Lupita Nyong’o Is A Bilingual Superstar

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As if you needed one more reason to love Lupita Nyong’o... the 12 Years a Slave star has proven herself to be Hollywood's new "It Girl", taking the film industry (and the red carpet!) by storm in the last several months. If you’re not currently fangirling over Nyong’o, you will be once you hear this: the Kenyan actress was actually born in Mexico...and she’s speaks perfect Spanish.

“I was born in Mexico because my father was teaching at a school in Mexico City,” the 30-year-old actress explained in Spanish during an interview with CNN en Español. “I was born during the third year he was there. And when I was 16, I returned to Mexico to learn Spanish. I lived in Taxco, Guerrero and attended the UNAM, the Education Center for Foreigners. [I] lived there for seven months, and I loved it.”

Nyong’o, who answered all of CNN’s questions in Spanish, also spoke about the transition of moving from Kenya to Mexico as a teen and why she fell in love with the country.

“Mexico was very strange to me, coming from Kenya, but I found such friendly people and fell in love with the food,” she said. In fact, she loves the comida so much, she still grabs her favorite bite -- steak tacos -- before heading down the red carpet. 

“I still have a lot of friends [in Mexico] and I hope to return soon. I miss Mexico,” she added.

Lupita - we want to know your secret to chowing down on tacos and still looking so flawless in those fabulous dresses! What do you think? 

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Cristina Arreola, Editorial Assistant

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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