Lupita Nyong’os sudden success and international limelight was nothing short of miraculous, and the actress is now revealing that ‘extreme success threw her into panic mode and physical distress.
In an interview in the October issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the star said she had to mitigate panic caused by extreme success when she earned an Academy Award for her very first feature film role in 12 Years a Slave.
“I was mitigating my panic at all times because extreme failure and extreme success, the body doesn’t know the difference,”
Lupita added the panic affected her physically as well, ultimately leading to surgery.
“Either way, you are in distress. I’m proud of how I weathered that particular storm, but it cost me. It cost me physically. I was extremely thin. My body was ravaging itself, and I got fibroids.”
The author eventually underwent surgery to remove the fibroids, and today she’s healthy.
Lupita also pointed out that becoming the first Black actress to land a Lancôme contract in 2014, and People Magazine naming her Most Beautiful in the same year was sometimes disorienting.
“I was the subject of a much larger conversation, a socio-political one,”
She added, “I appreciated that larger conversation and at no point did I not want it to be happening. But I wanted to participate in the practice of being me, not in the theory of being me.”
“Emma Thomson saved my life” Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita says within success storm actor Emma Thomson saved her life, after advising her to demystify everything that was happening.
“She encouraged me to do what I thought was best for my instrument.”
After Thomson’s advice Lupita took on a Broadway play ‘Eclipsed’, and says the role helped her touch base.
“I needed to get back to what got me here in the first place, and the theatre did that for me.” Said Lupita.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Available in Theaters this coming November.
Lupita’s interview comes ahead of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which arrives in theatres on November 11.