Lupita Nyong’o: The actor’s life can be so lonely, intense and isolating

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It feels like all of the elements combined on the February British Vogue cover should not work at all. The white skirt with a rich purple blouse and sequined sweater vest, Lupita Nyong’o with that makeup and the “VHS” purse… it’s an odd combination. And yet it really works? This just solidifies for me: Lupita can pull off nearly anything sartorially. Plus, she’s one of the most photogenic women in the world. British Vogue really gave Lupita the star treatment too – they did a separate piece with Lupita’s long-time stylist Micaela Erlanger, who is largely credited with working closely with Lupita and various designers to create the perfect looks for every occasion. Vogue also did a cerebral interview with Lupita too – you can see the first excerpt here. Some highlights:

What she wants out of her life & career: “It’s passion. I definitely want to claim ambition, but I get very compulsive about the things I am passionate about, to the point of not sleeping. It’s very impractical. I fight the barriers that I form for myself, because they’re often ridiculous.”

Starring in the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah. “I had never seen the African contemporary experience explored, celebrated and analysed in such a way. The observations she makes as a non-American black person about America are things that I had never articulated but had felt. I was just madly in love.”

Her life after winning the Oscar: Nyong’o has given herself “permission to take things slow”, carefully picking the projects that allow her to make a difference. “I don’t get fulfilment from the number of zeros attached to a project. What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative. That is very seductive to me, having social and cultural impact.”

She’s not afraid of talking politics: “I speak up for the things I can personally vouch for. There’s a lot going on in this world, a lot of causes that are noble. But I feel most useful when I have a personal connection. And the conviction to say something.”

She doesn’t want to talk about her personal life: “Privacy is a commodity that is hard to come by” – but does concede that her line of work can sometimes be lonely. “Filming is so time-consuming. And intense. With Black Panther, a lot of us were single. On Little Monsters, nobody was single. Everyone, when they’re done with their day’s work, wants to go home to their families, which makes a whole lot of sense. When you don’t have that it’s very isolating.”

[From British Vogue]

Re: the loneliness of the acting life, which is often a nomadic existence on far-flung locations… I can imagine. I think many actors feel that wanderlust and joy of getting to travel so much, but it wears thin after a few years of success. I think Lupita is telling us that she still has a boyfriend, but then again… who knows. I don’t mind NOT knowing who she’s dating, just as long as she’s not dating Michael B. Jordan (lord, I wish that would happen though).

Photos courtesy of British Vogue.

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  1. LoonyTunes says:

    The orange dress should’ve been the cover. They did her wrong with that purple mess. But she looks beautiful anyway.

  2. Sarah says:

    She is otherwordly gorgeous. And so talented. I cannot believe she did not get a nom’ for Us. Oh, and don’t worry Kaiser, Lupita isn’t dating Michael Bae Jordan. I AM.

  3. EMc says:

    Absolutely love that cover outfit! Purple is my fav, and the vest is freakin amazing. I’d wear this in a minute! She looks fantastic.

  4. Originaltessa says:

    I think this is the style Kate has been going for, but obviously not able to fully realize. Gorgeous. Lupita can wear anything.

  5. Melissa says:

    I’m dying for her and Trevor Noah to get together. They have such great chemistry together.

  6. ira says:

    She’s very beautiful. I actually prefer the purple dress than the orange one.

  7. Blueskies says:

    I would like to see her with Adam Driver or Alex Skarsgard. Or Makaya McCraven

  8. Ariela says:

    Is the orange look Hermès? In any case, she looks absolutely stunning.

  9. OG Cleo says:

    Maybe it’s because I’m still blubbering from the Good Place finale last night, but her purple outfit looks like fancy Janet uniform.

    • lucy2 says:

      OMG, my eyes are all puffy from it last night. I cried SO HARD.
      And yes, that’s a fancy Janet outfit!

  10. BellaBella says:

    Goodness, last I heard Lupita was with Janelle Monae.