Lupita Says She Will Never Talk About Her Love Life

December 12, 2017  |  


Lupita Nyong’o is out here doing what she does best. Acting of course, but also snatching up covers. In her fourth Vogue cover, the actress talked about everything from her role in the upcoming Black Panther to her policy on discussing her love life.

On Black Panther

“For me, as an African who lives outside Africa and wrestles with that dichotomy of tradition and modernity, this is almost healing…” “The little Kenyan child in me leaped for joy because it’s such an affirmation,” she says. “What colonialism does is cause an identity crisis about one’s own culture.”

On the struggles of being an actress of color

I got such a head start in this industry that it is not in my best interest to look for struggle. That’s such a powerless place for me to think about: what is working against me. I don’t think of what I don’t have; I think of what I do, and use that to get the next thing. It’s a finite reservoir, so it’s important that I safeguard it with my life. Growing up Kenyan, we are used to wishing for more than what seems available. So we are aware that we will have to push harder—what will you bring to the table?”

I am here. I am happy to be here,” she says, tilting her head, immersed in thought. “I know this industry was not made for me. But I’m not going to apologize for being here.”


As we reported earlier, Lupita Nyong’o will star in Chimamandah Adiche’s romantic novel Americanah.

In the interview, she spoke about the film’s progress.

“Americanah is close to actually rolling camera—it’s about time,” Nyong’o says. She will be making the film with the production company Plan B, which was cofounded by Brad Pitt, her costar in, and a producer of, 12 Years a Slave.

Her dating life.

You can ask, but you definitely won’t get an answer,” she responds. “There have been rumors and rumors and rumors about my love life. That’s the one area that I really like to hold close to my heart.”

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