Lupita Nyong’o: ‘The red carpet feels like a war zone, except you cannot fly or fight’

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Ooooh, I didn’t know this was happening! This is a nice surprise. Lupita Nyong’o covers the July issue of Vogue. The editorial was done by photographer Mikael Jansson, and the backdrop is Marrakech’s Ksar Char-Bagh resort. As for the interview… I just read/skimmed it. It’s a good piece. She’s not really promoting a film (although she talks about her future projects), but it’s more like she’s recapping her journey over the past year, when she went from unknown to Oscar-winning fashion darling. You can read the interview here (I enjoyed it). Some highlights:

Her Lancome deal: Lupita appreciates the fact that Lancôme’s brand ambassadors, who currently include Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, and Penélope Cruz, “are very different, unique women—it’s not about conforming to an already established idea of what is beautiful, and I like that…I felt how valuable and vital such representation is.”

Her surreal year: “Indeed I did. It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me—before I recognized them!”

Becoming a fashion darling: “[There are] epic six-hour fittings. It’s a job; it’s work, you know! We’d just try, try, try, try, try, try, try. At first it was very daunting, but I ended up really having fun with it… [Most times] especially for the bigger awards, the dress let me know it was going to be worn. It’s quite scary when you fall in love with a dress, because it’s nothing to do with your brain. It’s like a gut reaction.”

The red carpet marathon: “Everyone said, ‘Brace yourself, Lupita! Keep a granola bar in that clutch of yours!’ I didn’t really understand what they meant, and it was only once it was past that I realized that my body had been holding on by a thread to get through this very intense experience. Nothing can prepare you for awards season. The red carpet feels like a war zone, except you cannot fly or fight; you just have to stand there and take it.” She considers for a moment. “I hope they don’t make that the big quote!” she says, laughing. “Because that would be sad! Tell them not to do that!”

Watching herself in 12 Years a Slave: “I was really nervous about seeing myself in 12 Years a Slave because it had been such a profound experience in all ways. I remember it being one of the most joyful times in my life—and also one of the most sorrowful. I didn’t want my experience to be a vain one. But I will say that when I watched it, my heartstrings were pulled so tight for Solomon that I couldn’t go into the ego trip. I cried—I mean, I was inconsolable. I wept for an hour after the movie.”

The Oscar: “I had already gotten the nomination, which was truly, truly astounding, and enough,” she remembers. “Even in my dreams of being an actor, my dream was not in the celebrity. My dream was in the work that I wanted to do.” When her name was read out, the experience was, as she recalls, “very confusing, very numbing. I was just repeating my name in my head, so I didn’t know whether I had said my name or they had said my name! And then my little brother screamed, and time was suspended and it was just noise in my head.”

Don’t fall like J-Law: As Lupita gathered those voluminous silk georgette pleats of her custom Prada skirts, she remembers that all she could think was “Don’t fall on those stairs” because, as she drolly explains, “it’s not cute if you follow Jennifer Lawrence—it’s not cute if you’re the second one!”

Star Wars: “I’m going to a galaxy far, far away.”

She wants to do Shakespeare: “I thought I’d had my fill at Yale, but . . . oh, boy, I guess there’s nothing like the Bard!” she says, laughing. “I absolutely adore Twelfth Night.” She adds that in the future, Cleopatra and “Lady M” are top of her wish list.

[From Vogue]

When she started talking about Shakespeare, I’ll admit it… I wanted to put her with Tom Hiddleston. They would make a beautiful couple. I think she would limit his twee-ness too. But she’s dating K’Naan – he’s identified as her boyfriend within the piece, although Lupita is not quoted with any kind of confirmation. Oh, and I totally used the “red carpet feels like a war zone” quote as the headline, even though Lupita is smart and self-aware enough to joke about that statement just seconds after she made it.


Photos courtesy of Mikael Jansson/VOGUE.

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  1. Melissa says:

    She comes across well apart from that war zone bit – something tells me people won’t go after her like they did with Gwyneth or even Charlize. To be fair she hasn’t been in the industry as long as the other two so maybe allowances should be made. Still it always baffles me when celebrities are sooo over dramatic about the downsides of their careers. They work so hard to get there and then act like any inconvenience is a huge imposition. Idk I don’t get it, maybe someone else can enlighten me.

  2. Loopy says:

    She looks great, damn Anna can’t you just give Victoria Beckham a cover already.

    • kennedy says:


      I think it’s about damn time Amy Adams got a Vogue cover. I like Lupita but I think if any other actress got a cover and it was filled with red carpet tid bits (seriously – this entire story is about her style and trend setting ways), they would get blasted for being vapid and/or insincere.

      Amy deserves a cover and her career is hotter than it has ever been!

      • T.C. says:

        Well Amy Adams didn’t get an Oscar and isn’t considered a fashion girl so no cover. Lupita deserves her cover, Vogue is a fashion magazine not Time or Newsweek. I don’t know why some Amy stans are always pissed whenever Jennifer Lawrence or any other young actress who has stood out more than Amy gets recongnition. You all need to build a bridge and get over it.

        Amy Adams gets Oscar nominations for just showing up in a film but she is vanilla boring and makes vapid conversations in the Oscar roundtables with everyone looking at her like WTH? One year all she did was complain about the paps the whole time and ask the other ladies how to handle paps. They all looked like they were mentally rolling their eyes at her. This past year she was all about ooh musicals are so fun, anyone want to do one? Again met with mental eye rolls so I don’t know why you think she would give better interviews than Lupita.

      • SpookySpooks says:

        I agree, shame that Amy gets neglected all the time.

      • Pinky Rose says:

        @ T.C
        Amy seemed very cray cray in that oscar roundtable. She keep saying some weird things and was very defensive with the moderator (who didn’t even asked her that). Weird girl and I never got the fuss over her. She just have three performances I care about, in the rest she is unremarkable.

      • kennedy says:


        “Well Amy Adams didn’t get an Oscar and isn’t considered a fashion girl so no cover.”

        ^ by those standards, then half of the ladies who have covered Vogue (and will in the future) should not have a cover. And my intention wasn’t to diminish Lupita’s achievement or to say there should be a tradeoff between Lupita and Amy. My point is, clearly Lupita is a newcomer to the game – and an achievement as high as an Oscar and red carpet trailblazing is worthy of a cover – so is being one of the most consistently great actresses in the industry i.e. Amy. She has five nominations – 2 of which could have easily been winners (Junebug, American Hustle and to a certain extent – The Master). She is making waves for women over 30 who CAN find great roles and sink their teeth into great scripts. She didn’t break through at 19 like JLaw… it took her years. That is not only inspiring but commendable.

        Let’s not sit here and pretend that Oscar wins are solely based on great performances – they are a culmination of industry buzz, timing and a GREAT campaign. Lupita gave a good performance but by no means gave the best performance of the year in that category. Hell, I still think Sally Hawkins was the best supporting performance by a female in 2013 (for Blue Jasmine).

        As for her being vanilla boring – I disagree. I think the fact that she is normal and much more settled into her career and her celebrity, makes her not controversial and by some weird measure, not interesting to the public who loves shiny, new toys (i.e. JLaw, Lupita, etc) and colorful personalities. And her comment at the THR Oscar roundtable was not crazy – she has a child, and it’s not strange that she doesn’t like the paparazzi taking pictures of her child.

        “This past year she was all about ooh musicals are so fun, anyone want to do one? Again met with mental eye rolls so I don’t know why you think she would give better interviews than Lupita.” – Not even sure how to reply to this because you clearly aren’t a musical person… so letting your bias set in does not make a great argument. And I never said she would give a better interview than Lupita – I said she is deserving of a cover. I DID say that Lupita’s interview is 90% about her red carpet style – which would have been met with (as you say) “mental eye rolls” if it had been given by anyone else.

    • Alexis says:

      VB hasn’t covered American vogue but Kim kardashian has? What a world. Money talks, I guess.

  3. Sabrina says:

    Seems like a great interview just from this excerpt. I was kind of hoping that she would get the September issue of Vogue.

    • Mimi says:

      Unlikely. I remember reading a few lines in an Adweek article that said Gwyneth Paltrow’s Most Beautiful cover outsold Lupita’s by a long shot….granted that was only about a month after release, but it’s sales won’t increase that much in the coming time.

      Jess Cagle , editor of People, mentioned also that Gwyneth’s most beautiful cover sold really well despite the hate……

      It seems despite Gwyneth getting a lot of hate, her cover sold well, while Lupita was recognized as a good choice, but people aren’t interested in buying it.

      • NN says:

        Sincerely doubt it, Mimi.
        Keep in mind these celeb’s PR pay these magazines to write that their cover outsold all the others because it gives them good publicity and more $$ contracts for those who buy into it.
        Many of them also BUY up a lot of their own magazine covers to up the sales so to make it seem like it sold well. Which is what I imagine “Kimye” did with their vogue cover.

    • LAK says:

      At least she didn’t get the August cover. August is the graveyard issue in fashion terms, July is a good cover month.

      And I wish people would understand that as a BLACK actress she needs to be front and centre as much as possible to keep her name on casting lists. We love Viola Davis, but who remembers her??

      Fashion is one of the ways she’s keeping her name front and centre AND paying the bills.

      Hollywood pays a lot of attention to fashion especially if a BLACK actress is being shown regularly as being accepted by fashion. It’s the only reason Halle Berry is doing better than Angela Bassette (sp?) though the later is miles above her talentwise.

  4. Hibitta says:

    Comparing the red carpet to a war zone is very ignorant and insensitive… wow

    • sanka says:

      It’s called a metaphor. I don’t get why people take these things so literal. I didn’t get it when people went after Goopy, or Charlize and I don’t get it now. And the poor girl even acknowledged the misspeak, yet people only focus on that. Pretty sad..

      • Hibitta says:

        Just because you don’t “get it”, your ignorance doesn’t give you a pass. If you want to know why people are upset, I suggest you start googling war zone images and then Google red carpet images. I’m sure you’ll be able to tell a difference.

  5. Jac says:

    My God, how do these poor celebrities do it?

  6. elo says:

    She was self aware enough to know it was an incredibly foolish comparison, but this is just as bad as other stars comparing press and paps to rape. Wearing couture while being required to stand on a carpet with a bunch of impossibly rich people while your picture is taken and people fawn over you is nothing like what happens in a war zone.

    • epiphany says:

      Foolish, and disingenuous. She’s hardly been shy about making one media appearance after another. I was hoping after the Oscar win, she would concentrate on work, and lay low for awhile, but she’s done very little apart from fashion spreads and red carpet walks. Even other- wise intelligent people fall under the spell of celebrity, and sadly, I think Lupita has done just that. The “war zone” couldn’t be that harrowing if she keeps going back to it over and over.

      • elo says:

        Epiphany, I agree. You hit the nail on the head. I don’t like her and just discovered why. If all of their jobs are soooo difficult and awful, quit. I would rather work at the local Pic and Pac then go to a red carpet war zone and get raped. The fact of the matter is that these people make more money per film than 80% of Americans do in a year and they want to complain? No one that can make a comparison such as this gets a pass, the fact she is self aware and not an idiot makes it worse.

      • whatsmyname? says:

        Epiphany, I agree well put.
        Seriously if she doesn’t like it stop going to events. I think she looks beautiful on the cover, but I wish she would have done it when she had something besides her life to promote.

      • NN says:

        You think she can just “work” because she wants to? She has to be offered work to be able to work.
        She is black. And a woman.
        She’s not going to get lots of offers, she NEEDS to make red carpet appearances to not be forgotten! That’s how it works.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Seriously. It’s like these people forget what the tradeoff is.
        Yeah the paps are nuts, red carpets are like “warzones” (*eyeroll*) but excuse me if I don’t feel bad for you right now.
        I’m dealing with real-life problems like massive debt, a costly and complicated move into a new place, health issues, and insane amounts of work.

        I wouldn’t mind having a few mill to fall back on right now, you know? That would solve at least three of my issues. I’ll even wear a designer dress and stand on a red carpet to get my picture taken just to have these problems go away.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree too. I like her a lot and she seems to be a smart, lovely woman, but that was a foolish and insensitive thing to say.
      In her favor though, she did seem to at least recognize that at the time, but in general there are things you just shouldn’t compare to.

    • Cecilia says:

      I totally agree with you. Oh no, here we go…

    • Barbiegirl says:


      Exactly my sentiment. It is baffling when you see celebrities Complaining about their life style… I am wondering whether journalists have some special tactics to solicit those types of quotes… Sometimes silence would do and that put pressure on the other person to fill the gap and talking crap. Not excusing her though, I would not excuse anybody on such a statement…

      • lucy2 says:

        I can actually understand complaining about the paparazzi, the pressure, the scrutiny, the difficulty of the industry- to an extent. Every job, every life has good and bad aspects. But just don’t compare it to something like war or rape. There is no comparison to that sort of trauma.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I’m ok with ANYBODY complaining about any aspect of their lives but really, celebs should keep their complaints private. Complain to your spouse or your best friend but maybe don’t complain to the person interviewing you.
        Honestly, there are MILLIONS of people who would trade places with a celeb in a hot minute if they could. I’m just tired of hearing celebs whine about how tough their lives are when people have real struggles.

  7. Mimi says:

    Yeah, not going to give her a pass even though she kind of realized her mistake…..I mean imagine if Charlize had been going “yeah, it’s like being raped” and then a few seconds later went “oh, uhhh, that was just exaggerating”….people would still be jumping all over her.

  8. Ollyholly says:

    A war zone?! Come OONNNNNNNN.


  9. Jess says:

    Everybody makes extreme comparisons sometimes, especially war metaphors (just ask any business manager). She realized right away it was silly. She’s still great!

    • Kim1 says:

      People need o calm down.Every football or basketball coach I know has compared a tough game to war.Hell sometimes they even call players “warriors” Where is the outrage?
      Yesterday I said I was starving.Obviously I wasn’t starving .People who have gone days without food,who have experienced famine are starving.I was simply hungry.I have never almost died of thirst but I used that expression. She is an actress, she was over dramatic.She makes mistakes.

    • Narak says:

      Steady on, she doesn’t say anything about being raped. This “war zone” comment was one sentence out of an entire interview in which she talks about loving fashion and acting.

  10. starfan says:

    The overreaction with Lupita’s comment is hilarious on this site. “OMG SHE SAID WAR!!!! WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!!” Any reason to pick her apart I guess. If you don’t liker her for personal reasons just say so. No need to pretend you care about war. Kaiser even says Lupita is self-aware enough to kid about it.

  11. Delta Juliet says:

    Oooooh I want to excuse it but I can’t. I wouldn’t let anyone else get away with a comment like that. As a poster said above, posing in a ridiculously expensive dress with a bunch of multimillionaires is in no way, shape or form like a war zone. I have beloved family members in war zones right now who fear for their lives every day. Don’t be ignorant Lupita, even as a “joke”.

  12. Tania says:

    Oh my. This is the second time she’s made insensitive comparisons to a superficial privilege like red carpet. Sheesh don’t these celebrities learn.

    Anyway she looks gorge.

  13. eliza says:

    I know the love for her is strong and I like her but her ramblings of the difficulties of fittings, fashion and red carpet appearances leave me feeling cold.

    Her job entails learning lines, playing dress up and doing press. I only wish those were the issues I and millions of others faced on the daily.

    Woe is me. I am an in demand star. Boo hoo.

  14. Itteh Bitteh says:

    You know what, no. If no one else gets a pass, neither should she. Yet somehow I knew she would.

  15. aquarius64 says:

    Now THAT is a person who belongs on a Vogue cover! Witnour may have redeemed herself for that Kimye mess with Emma Stone and now Lupita. The pictures are gorgeous. And I’m glad Lupita didn’t have to use a narcissistic fiance to strongarm Witnour to get her there.

    But…she needs to watch her statements. The public can turn on her with a quickness.

  16. GiGi says:

    I’m a crazy Lupita fangirl… full disclosure.

    But I think the difference with her comment is that she did, indeed, immediately cover for it, whereas others (Charlize, Gwyneth) did not – in fact they went on about how their fame or whatever is SO like war or rape or whatever. They really, honestly believe that. Obviously Lupita was using hyperbole (rightly or wrongly) and the others were being very literal.

  17. Jayna says:

    That photo of her on the daybed is visually stunning. I love everything about it.

  18. K.B. says:

    I was wondering when she’d say something stupid. Let’s she if she gets the hate that Gwyneth Paltrow or the incredulity that Charlize Theron received.

  19. ashley says:

    She’s gorgeous! I’m definitely going to buy this. Obviously she realized her mistake after making that statement,it’s not that deep.

  20. dancinnancy says:

    The war thing doesn’t bother me as much as the constant “hey I went to Yale.” Much like Jessica Chastain. You’re in your 30s. How is college still part of the conversation?

    I’m surprised she doesn’t get slapped with the privileged tag more often. Don’t get me wrong, I like her and I like her work, but I’m starting to get annoyed with the story they’re spinning.

    • maxine7 says:

      Well if I graduated from Yale I would be yapping about it in my 80s but I digress. I think the Yale bit distinguishes her and her training. Lupita talking about doing theater feels different to me than say…Lohan. oh wait Lupita is not a crackhead. Well I think you get my point :)

      • Pinky Rose says:

        I don’t have a problem with her saying that. But I don’t think everyone brags about their Ivy League education. I’m studying Law at Columbia yet I don’t feel the necessity to tell everyone I know about it. It doesn’t make me better or superior, so I don’t find it relevant at all.

    • Grace says:

      She went to Yale for grad school, not college (Yale School of Drama). She just graduated two years ago. Is there a rule somewhere saying she can’t talk about it?

    • Miss T says:

      She just graduated from Yale about 2 years ago. She got her Master’s degree, not bachelor’s from Yale. It’s not surprising that it would come up in her interviews a lot, especially because her resume is still very thin.

    • T.C. says:

      Ivy League name drops can be annoying but she didn’t go to Yale for college she went there for a Masters in acting after college and just graduated like two years ago. So her recent acting career is Yale and 12 Years a Slave that’s why it comes up. If it’s 10 years later and she has more roles under her belt I can understand being pissed if she name drops Yale.

      All things considered at least people have a legitimate reason to be upset at her for the war zone comment instead of coming up with fake things like she seems stuck up because she speaks in proper English instead of Ebonics. LOL.

  21. Hmmm says:

    OMG, she is gorgeous!

    Is Cindy McCain now hate twittering on her too?

    Oh and I guess Anna Wintour is coming to her senses.

  22. Freebunny says:

    “For me it’s not about celebrity…”
    Yeah, of course Lupita.
    She’s talented, beautiful and clever but she sounds pretentious. Of course, she enjoys celebrity.
    Don’t pretend it’s all about art girl.

  23. frisbeejada says:

    So is this the start of the backlash – and so soon. Comparing the red carpet to a war zone was daft. It drives me mad when people make these kinds of comparisons but it seems to be a reflection of the celebrity culture they are in. Even someone as well educated and intelligent as Lupita seems to get sucked into it all.
    That said we all say dumb things at some point and at least she instantly recognised that and corrected herself. The likes of Goop and Charlize Theron wouldn’t recognise their own pretensions if you hit them over the head with a brick and Lupita is a long, long way from being in their league of celebrity ‘head lost up a*** as yet. I say give the girl a break, she’s still talented, still stunningly beautiful and we still need more like her – intelligent and thoughtful – most of the time.

    • Elyse says:

      Thank you! Finally someone who gets it. Personally I didn’t think the warzone joke was that big of a deal. She wasn’t being literal and she acknowledged it as a mistake. I mean I understand why people would be offended, but let’s face it people on here are just way too sensitive and way too easily offended about every little insignificant thing. And like you said people say dumb things like that all the time and it’s usually not meant to be insulting or rude. But people just want to look for any excuse or reason to bash her. Or just a reason to whine and complain as usual.

    • lunchcoma says:

      Is this really backlash? It’s a single comment. Reacting to it with displeasure doesn’t mean that someone is exiled to Goopville. Gwyneth is disliked because she’s many stupid, clueless things over the years. One faux pas is unlikely to send anyone to the same category, unless it’s of the caliber of Mel Gibson’s “sugar tits” remark.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        All I’m seeing is people saying “that was a dumb thing to say”. Most people will be over it by tomorrow. Nobody’s getting burned at the stake, but people will always bring up the tired-ass “pitchfork” refrains as a way to shut down or dismiss the opinions of others.

        From my experience, the people screaming about “pearl-clutching” are usually the ones who are displaying all the over-the-top outrage over people who call out celebs for saying stupid sh*t.

      • frisbeejada says:

        @ lunchcoma – Yes I can see your point, my mistake, I should have typed ‘?’ after “so soon” so it was rhetorical (as intended) instead of the bald statement of fact as it read.
        @ TheOriginalKitten – no I didn’t make the statement to ‘shut down or dismiss the opinions of others’, the reason I enjoy this site is precisely for those opinions – and very often yours! That said backlashes do tend to start somewhere and they tend to start small. Very often on gossip sites (as elsewhere) people are built up with huge enthusiasm to be torn down with the same enthusiasm. I still think that Lupita is a long way from the mind numbing stupidity that is Goop, Theron (or several others I can think of – Shaileen Woodley? ) and as someone who very, very often plonks foot firmly in mouth, I can sympathise when it happens to anyone, particularly if they acknowledge the mistake.
        @ Elsye – I really appreciate your comment. I do think that sites like this tend to exist so that people can let off steam, express opposing opinions and, given the sheer difficulty of some people’s lives express understandable resentment when celebrities who have it all complain about the job that gives it all to them in the first place!

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        To clarify, I didn’t mean you in particular, frisbeejada. I was honestly just making a general statement about how often times the people who are upset about political correctness are the ones that are the most vocal on these threads.

        My comment was really just an agreement with Lunchcoma and a bit of an “add-on” to her post.

        ..and I agree with your assessment of Lupita. I’m still a fan of hers and I won’t stop because she made a dumb comment. But I do agree with others who said she has to be a bit more mindful of what she says going forward, what with the spotlight shining brightly on her these days.

      • frisbeejada says:

        @ TheOriginalKitten – yes you are right, there is a fair bit of over-reaction on both sides – I think everyone is suffering from ‘idiot fatigue’ from the recent Goop, Theron, Woodley comments! I got a bit defensive there (not like me but I’m in the grip of PMT and a huge chocolate craving – and trying to drop some weight – ) sorry! :)

  24. maxine7 says:

    Sorry Lupita I love you but you do not get a pass from me. For one simple reason. I could actually deal with her war zone comment PRE Oscars. Then her comment actually makes sense. Don’t love it but I could see how maybe she would feel like she had no choice with the Oscar campaign. But come on now POST Oscars? I’m waiting for her to show up at the Best in Show dog red carpet…she hasn’t missed ONE since the Oscars. If it is such a war zone then go to a little island post Oscars and chill for a few months. Sorry Lupita. I’m not buying it.

    • NN says:

      She can’t afford to “chill”. She’s a black actress in her thirties, she NEEDS to be seen so as to not be forgotten.
      Seen = more opportunities and no chance of anyone being able to ignore her and use the excuse that’s she not “marketable”.
      She can’t play the “mysterious” and/or laid back starlet, she’s not Emma Stone. She’s not being offered a lot of material much less GOOD material, as we’ve seen with rumors of that social worker role which wasn’t even a lead or co lead.
      She basically needs to go to openings and do the red carpet thing. That’s just the facts. Hollywood is a sexist and racist industry, let’s not pretend it’s sunshine and roses.

      • Em says:

        Agree so much. People refuse to think that being a black actress is anything other than sunshine and roses. It isn’t! She just needs to get a job? Tell that to the studios offering her sh*tty parts, if any at all.

        And she looks absolutely gorgeous on the cover!

      • Cecilia says:

        She needs to hustle, not just wait for offers. Also, she needs to stop saying stupid things.

      • NN says:

        Um, she does hustle. She got Americanah, remember? I doubt she’s just sitting on her a*s all day waiting for the phone to ring.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        ITA that being a black actress is more challenging than being a white actress because odds are stacked against you. That being said, being an actress is not a difficult or grueling job, period.
        Actors get paid an obnoxious amount of money to play pretend–let’s not act like it’s working on an oil rig or in a coal mine.

        Put it this way: there’s a reason why 80 zillion people want to become famous actors. Because it’s a cake gig that happens to be incredibly lucrative.

        Personally, I’ll save my sympathy for people who work in unbearable conditions and make little-to-no-money because acting most certainly IS “sunshine and roses” compared to that.

      • Anywho says:

        This is a gossip site. If we compared any of what these people did or said to people working in coal mines and sweat shops, they (and sites like this) would all be irrelevant.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        …yet the comparison is still relevant when we consider how often actors whine about the hardships of their lives.

      • maxine7 says:

        Ok. Then get on with it. She knows the score. You don’t want to hustle….then beat it and go work in a coal mine or better yet…go to a real war zone. Yes it is tough being a black actress. I think she knew that at Yale. So get on with the hustle and cut out the inane analogies.

  25. RobN says:

    This is at least her second stupid statement where she compares the “rigors” of acting with things that are actually horrible. I know people like her, but I do wonder exactly how many passes she’s going to get. I should think at least a couple more, unless she agrees to make a Woody Allen movie, and then people will turn.

  26. I Choose Me says:

    Soon as I read the headline, I knew that comparison was going to get her in trouble. I can’t be too harsh on her though because she realized right away what an exaggeration it was. Also because, I remember using that comment once or twice myself when I was in high school, how riding on the bus was like being in a war zone. Hell, we used to call the bus the Zoo Boat. But I’m not gonna get mad at people for calling her out though. Part and parcel of being a celebrity is people are going to read and react to what you say. Hope she’s ready for that.

    I’m seriously mesmerized by that picture of her reclining on the couch. Wine or burgundy is definitely her colour. She looks amazing.

  27. eowyn says:

    Lol at people forgetting who her father is, why they fleed from Kenya, how many people in her family were threatened, tortured or killed. She probably knows more than many of us what it feels to live in constant fear even if that happened when she was young.
    She made a mistake and was conscious of it.

  28. Jules says:

    @maxine7: Exactly. Why should Nyong’o get a pass?…well, she won’t from me. My father served in WWII, was wounded and received the Purple Heart. My Uncle also served in WWII, and was shot down over France and killed. A cousin of mine served in Viet Nam and was in Saigon when it fell. I heard a lot of horror stories growing up…Lupita Nyong’o's comment was ignorant and ridiculous. Totally OVER this woman. Nyong’o needs to go away for awhile.

    Also, LOL! at the “Best in Show Dog Red carpet” comment!…if/when there is one, you can be sure Nyong’o will show up and be annoying.

    • elo says:

      +1000 Jules. My grandpa is also a WW2 vet and of Korea, purple heart ass well, and still gets night terrors at 90. Being without a granola bar while you are getting your picture taken is a vapid and ridiculous comparison.

    • NN says:

      You want a medal? My dad is a WAR VETERAN and most veterans aren’t worried about some silly exagerations some actress made. The only one worried about it is you, someone who has never served.
      The last comment you made seems personal, if you can’t understand why she needs to do red carpet appearances you are a moron.

      • elo says:

        Nobody wants a medal, nobody want to listen to an actress comparing their life of privilege to war and rape.Everyone understands why she does red carpet, no one understands why wearing pretty dresses and getting photographed is so taxing.

      • Jules says:

        LOL…Lupita Nyong’o's Publicist is in the house!.

        And, no, I’ve never served but my father, uncle, cousin have…so, wtf?…my respect for them and what they went through is strong and you are goddamned right…I will take it personally. Judging by the comments, I’m not alone in taking it personally.

      • K says:

        People stay pressed. Lupita’s on to do great things.

      • Nick says:

        Yes @NN! I’ve agreed with everything you said on this thread.

      • Side-Eye says:

        THANK YOU NIN! I swear the people on this site will get their panties in a twist about anything and call you a stan for calling them out. Because God forbid people don’t clutch their pearls for the same reasons they do and half the time they’re more offended than the people they’re supposedly trying to defend.

      • Delta Juliet says:

        NN you mentioned this above already. While I don’t think a combat veteran particularly would care about some random comment made by an actress, I do think they would care that someone said standing around smiling and having their picture taken is like being in a war zone. My grandfather fought and was injured on Iwo Jima in WWII, and more recently my brother in law has served several tours in Afghanistan. Neither of them could bear to talk about the crap they had seen while they were in combat. So maybe the person you know wouldn’t be offended, but I can guarantee you there are plenty who would.

        I’m not saying I don’t like her anymore because of one stupid comment, but I do think people need to try to be a little more sensitive about certain emotionally charged things (rape, and war for instance). If someone had said being on the red carpet was like slavery, people would CERTAINLY have their panties in a bunch.

    • andypandy says:

      Since none of the wars you mentioned above were waged On American Mainland soil it might not have occurred to you that civilians i.e women elderly children often lived day to day in War zones and are also tramautized . Just a “thing” to remember whilst pearl clutching

      It wasnt the best thing to say I also describe my bosses droning and on in our mthly staff meeting as ” torture ” Guess its off to sensitivity training for me

    • maxine7 says:

      EXACTLY Jules. Everything you just said. Outrageous and an insult to the trauma true war heroes face. Nicely stated.

      As for the dog show I think she should call up Uggie the dog from The Artist and they can do that red carpet together…because you know…he wrote a book about fame and red carpets so maybe he can give her some sympathy.

  29. Judy says:

    It’s a simile people. Oy, the PC people again! Do we not get to compare unlike things and observe similarities in disparate experiences? How limiting! I imagine having to stand in front of hundreds of strangers, some who are yelling at you, none of whom have been searched ( there are crazies out there like the Holmes guy) can be quite harrowing. I can imagine flashbulbs going off constantly, being blinded by the light and being unable to see those shouting and general chaos can seem like a war zone. She did not say it IS a war zone, she said LIKE a war zone. Let’s try to come up with another comparison that she could have likened it to, hmmm. I can’t. Ironically the fist shakers here seem to conveniently forget that Freedom of speech and freedom of expression is what brave men and women have fought wars to retain. I smile though, because all must be right with the world if we can get so bent out of shape by an actress’ expression of her feelings.

    • elo says:

      Judy, there are a billion other things she could have called it, overwhelming, pandemonium, insanity are the three that pop into mind. Why is a comparison necessary at all? Also freedom of speech is not the right to say incredibly stupid s#*% and not be criticized for it, it the freedom to speak without being arrested or persecuted by the government. Nobody fought for the right for people to be able to utter whatever they damn well please with out the rest of us calling them out on it.

    • lunchcoma says:

      She has freedom of speech and expression. People who don’t like her comments also have freedom of speech and expression. That’s how a market for ideas works.

      As for the comparison, if she can’t think of an appropriate one, she could refrain from using figurative speech altogether and simply describe what’s harrowing about the experience.

      • Judy says:

        I don’t believe that people who’ve been in war zones own that word. Nor do I believe people who’ve been raped own that word either. We don’t have to experience something to compare an experience to it. Do all speakers have to speak from a position of experience? Do all writers have to write from a position of experience? Shakespeare did not go to war, nor did he lead a nation yet he wrote quite eloquently about it. We all lead lives limited by our own experiences, but we can read about about another’s can’t we? In that reading we experience those things second- hand although we may feel it’s a first hand experience. I feel that having read about immigrant experiences I can put myself in their shoes and appreciate that experience. Then when I’m in a strange situation where I’m with others who are not like me I can say I felt like I’m in an alien world. Does that mean I am making light if the immigrant experience by saying that? I don’t think so. Likewise I can use words that have multiple meanings. Rape doesn’t only mean the act of forced intercourse, it also means an egregious where one was vulnerable and wronged. See: Alexander Pope’s The Rape if the Lock. I suppose By modern PC standards he would be forced to change his title. Similarly the word war can just mean a struggle or conflict, such as in the phrase “class warfare”.
        Lastly, In our desire to be PC we are limiting the language and it’s ability to conjure up deep emotion.
        PS don’t assume I’m not an immigrant, or that I don’t have family members who fought and died as so many of us do. Also don’t assume I am not intimately aware of the consequences of rape and sexual abuse. But those experiences do not authorize me to limit another’s self expression.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        “We don’t have to experience something to compare an experience to it”

        I disagree completely.
        I think particularly when we’re talking about a traumatic, life-altering, singular experiences like war or rape, it’s completely inappropriate and insulting to compare such incidents to the trivial, daily activities that we all go through.

      • JJ says:

        @ Kitten

        What makes you think you are an authority on speaking about “traumatic, life-altering” experiences like war? Neither you or Lupita have been through that.

        I also doubt you know what its like to live in the limelight of an Oscar wining actress,

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I’m sorry where did I say or even IMPLY that I’m an “authority on war”? What are you talking about?

        ..and no I don’t know what it’s like to be a Hollywood actress but I’m pretty F*cking sure it’s NOTHING like war and I think even a 5-year-old would have enough sense to understand this.

  30. Hissyfit says:

    Beautiful cover but stupid and ignorant comment.

  31. An says:

    Isn’t it disturbing that since the conception of Vogue only about 20 covers have featured women of color? Rihanna and Michelle Obama we’re featured twice each, though.

  32. MaryIV says:

    It’s just a figure of speech people. Man ,when did the English language get to be taken so literally.

    • yoyo says:

      + 1 billion!

      How can this get so many comments dissecting every word: it’s a figure of speech. have you never used it? should people be up in arms because you said that the train station was like a war zone due to the strikes? Come on people this is getting ridiculous!

    • Random Person #1580 says:

      For real. If we all had to pay a dollar for everytime we’ve said we’re “starving” when we had a healthy meal just hours ago, I’d safely bet everyone in these forums would be bankrupt.

  33. Carnivalbaby says:

    I guess that it is a stupid comment to make in the context of what is happening now and especially since there are so many of us who have family or have been impacted personally by recent warzone issues. That being said it’s a metaphor and I think it was meant to demonstrate how harrowing an event can be. Do we know for sure? No. Do we think that because they have large amounts of money to take the sting out of it the comparison is meaningless? I guess some of us do. But it’s about how it feels to her. I think we need to stop this ridiculous judging of celebrity comments. Unless you were there, you don’t really know. Its easy to come across holier than thou from an armchair with a laptop. But really we don’t know.

  34. lunchcoma says:

    That comment gets a big thumbs down from me. They all should know better than to say things like this, and Lupita is older and more educated than many new stars and has even fewer excuses than they do.

    It’s the first dumb thing I know her to have said, so it doesn’t affect my feelings overall for her, but hopefully she’ll learn that if you don’t want something to be the lead quote in an article you should reconsider saying it in the first place.

  35. jj says:

    I’m a war vet and this just made her sound like all the other acTOR’s that can’t get over themselves! I know they like to think they are really hard done by and want to appeal to the masses, but seriously stfu unless you’ve been there and witnessed it!

  36. TG says:

    I like Bill Maher’s take on the PC Police. He said in the days before the internet and social media if you were offended by something you actually had to get off of your butt to go protest or do whatever now everyone can express faux outrage at anything just by a few keystrokes.

  37. amara says:

    That’s a pretty stupid and insensitive comment. Comparing a red carpet to a war zone….really now??? As someone who’s childhood was ruined by war, I find this comment pretty disgusting. Yeah, she kind of realized she messed up there, but why not compare it to something else or better yet, think before you speak!

  38. Dez says:

    @TG, how I agree with your comment.

    The “faux outrage” did have, however, remind me of something I’d forgotten; namely, having read that Lupita’s parents fled Kenya for Mexico, their lives at risk, having been targeted for political reasons.

    Her Uncle Charles was killed in dubious circumstances and her father, Peter Anyang Nyong’o has experienced both imprisonment and torture.

    Just finished reading that on their return to Kenya in 1987, Lupita, along with her parents and siblings had to repeatedly move from safe house to safe house, as Mr. Nyong’o who founded an underground democratic movement, was being subject to habitual police arrest and still not yet completely safe.

    Why do I get the feeling that no matter what this particular actress says or does, for some people, nothing will ever be quite right or good enough? Hmmm…

  39. Jag says:

    Other celebrities have been brought to task for making such comments, and Lupita should be, too. No, walking a red carpet is NOT like war! She – like the others – should have to go to veterans’ hospitals and talk to the men and women who have actually lived through war. They should look at the injuries and hear the stories, and actually get some kind of clue that what they CHOSE to do is NOTHING like war! If walking a red carpet is so very hard for her to do, then she should quit acting and go into some other career. And yes, I have said that on other posts, too, when other arrogant celebrities said the same.

  40. Latisse says:

    You all are doing WAY too much. She didn’t mean the red carpet is literally like a war zone just like I am not literally hurling my body over the moon when I’m happy. I know you all know that so chill with the pearl clutching.

  41. Meg says:

    I just feel like it would be better word choice if they referred to it as ‘an attack zone’ because you are being attacked, those photographers shout things at you, you overhear them criticizing your dress, how you look and act-lena dunham confirmed that when they won at the golden globes. I don’t doubt they feel like they’re back in high school with the bitchy girls who walk right up to your face and say the meanest thing they can think of. I was bigger post high school and wore a flowy top to a bar out with a friend, and one of her friends i’d never met walked up to me and pointed at my stomach and said in front of everyone-’God knows what you’re hiding under there.’ I was so shocked at how cruel it was I just stood there with my jaw on the floor. i’m not even capable of thinking thoughts that mean of someone else let alone saying them out loud.

  42. fany says:

    I’m wondering if it would have been worse if she compared celebrity or the red carpet to rape. I guess the next step is for some celebrity to say that their life is like being raped “in” a war zone. I think that’s as hyperbolic as we can get. I am not giving her a pass she is 31

  43. Tolva says:

    She’s so GORGEOUS , I can’t stop looking at the photos,
    This woman makes Supermodels look plain. She is one of a kind beautiful. Wow.
    Go Lupita,meet every success that comes your way and YES She deserves Vogue. If she were just a girl off the street and walked in looking like she does, Vogue bookers would have snatched her up immediately and still given her work in Vogue and on Vogue Cover eventually. This lady is absolutely beautiful!

  44. Lady says:

    Lived through a war – not offended. Why was she taken so literally? I think she was referring to the commotion.

  45. corn on the cob says:

    She looks amazing. I love the cover and she always seems so poised in all her interviews. Somehow, I don’t see her “war” quote as that offensive – not like Goopy at all.

  46. TOPgirl says:

    I don’t see anything special about her.

  47. Random Person #1580 says:

    Oh God, let’s not make a big fuss out of nothing. She made a very dumb comparison, but regretted it immediately. That’s better than 95% of the celebrities that show up here and 90% of the people I know in general.

    The interview is cute and the cover would be very nice had she looked less plastic (not her fault at all).

  48. Janey says:

    The War of the Roses is a 1989 American black comedy film based upon the 1981 novel
    The War of the Roses by Warren Adler.

  49. Kate says:

    The hyperbole doesn’t bother me, when did we all get so literal.

    But given that if she stopped going down the fashion girl route she could cut down on her time in the ‘war zone’ by like 95%, she might want to avoid complaining. If you don’t like being on the red carpet just stop excepting invitations and only go to the work related events you’re contractually obligated to attend. Simple. If you’re going to show up to store openings and fashion shows and a bunch of other things when you don’t need to, then you just sound idiotic when you say you hate the red carpet experience.