Lupita’s quest for African ‘specificity’

‘When you are on the pitch playing a game, you have to deafen your ears to what the crowd is saying,” offers Lupita Nyong’o, her voice soft and pondering.

“You cannot listen to the boos, and you cannot listen to the cheers either, because both those things will derail you from what you’re trying to do. The job is to just hold on to the ball when it comes to you and to hold on to it for as long as you need to before you deliver it to where it needs to go.”

This is a football analogy the Academy Award-winning actress adopted from Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler and an outlook she leads with when it comes to pressure. And, starring in a film of this magnitude (not just financially, but symbolically), there must have been plenty of it.

But that pressure has made diamonds.


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