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Exclusive: Lupita Nyong’o, In Tears Between Takes While Filming ’12 Years a Slave’



Twelve Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o has kicked off award season with a bang. On Wednesday morning, the nominations for the 20th Annual SAG Awards were announced and Nyong’o was nominated for her outstanding role in the highly acclaimed film.

HipHollywood recently caught up with Kenyan actress, who made her American film debut in the Steve McQueen directed feature, to talk about what she learned while preparing for her role as Patsey.

“There was a lot of surprising things, the instruments of torture for example, incredibly scary to me. There was a lot, there was an education,” Nyong’o explained.

The actress also revealed what was the most difficult and most shocking scenes to film. “The time that shocked me the most and did me in was the administering to the wounds, the scene in which people were treating her wounds,” Lupita said.

“I overlooked that. I thought it was going to be the easiest of all things that I would shoot. And in that moment, I was just confronted by what little choice Patsey had,” she shared.

“It really took me by surprise and I was definitely in tears between takes … I didn’t want to be relieved of that because I felt so honored to be able to tell this woman’s story and I wanted to lend myself to it fully and recover later,” Lupita added.

12′ Years A Slave was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.


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