Lupita Nyong'o on the Movie That Gave Her a New Lease on Life
Lupita Nyong'o burst onto the scene in a big way with 2013 period drama 12 Years a Slave — she won an Oscar for her efforts and became a global icon for her style, smarts, social work and those incredible beauty looks she kept throwing our way.
Almost three years on, Lupita has built a reputation for picking movies that matter — whether it's to her personally, or to her audience. She was the voice of Raksha in Jon Favreau's re-imagining of The Jungle Book (epic movie, go see it), and has wrapped filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII. In between those two sits Queen of Katwe, the charming true story of Ugandan chess master Phiona Mutesi.
It's a coming-of-age story, set entirely in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda. Lupita plays Phiona's mother, Harriet, and she's earned rave reviews for her efforts. The movie lands in cinemas around Australia on December 1 — scroll for our chat with Lupita!