Lupita Nyong'o Reveals Why Her Position in Hollywood is So Important

Lupita Nyong'o Reveals Why Her Position in Hollywood is So Important
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Lupita Nyong’o appears to exude grace in all ways, but she claims she's still getting adjusted to life in Hollywood. In the newest issue of Harper’s Bazaar U.K., the Academy Award winner explains her struggles and triumphs as an actress.

“You know, I thought it would come to an end after the Oscars," she tells the magazine. "I thought the Oscars would come and go and then all of a sudden everything would be back to normal and I’d be back in my apartment."

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The 12 Years a Slave star also discusses her “ultimate saving grace" — British actress Emma Thompson.

“It was such a relief…witnessing her going through that whole thing with an ease and playfulness and just abandon. That is the person I want to be," she reveals. "I want to be that comfortable even in this very alien environment that you get put in.”

When asked about her heritage, the actress admits she still hasn't figured out how to talk about diversity.

"I don't feel like the responsibility I feel comes from any place other than my gut," she says. "I feel a responsibility to speak about certain things because I wish someone had spoken about them for me. I know I'm in a unique position where lots of people all over the world are seeing me and connecting with me, and perhaps because of my demographic and how limited representation is for my demographic, I do feel not a responsibility but an impetus to speak. It's an impetus... It's 2015, man. We could all use some diversity. It can get tedious to have to explain that I speak English because Kenyans speak English."

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Though it may sound like Nyong’o dislikes the pressure and discomfort of the business, she admits that she “enjoys being uncomfortable” and understands that it's necessary as an actor.