Lupita Nyong’o Snags New York Mag Cover, Talks Learning How To Deal With Newfound Fame

February 10, 2014  |  

If you needed any more signs that Lupita Nyong’o is everything and everywhere right now, check out the major spring fashion issue of New York Magazine, which the budding actress and “It” girl is on the cover of. Inside the issue she talks about dealing with paparazzi, nabbing the role of Patsey, and her 12 Years a Slave co-stars and director, Steve McQueen laud her talents as well.

Her Initial Culture Shock After Moving From Kenya To The U.S.

“I thrive on structure,” she says. “I find my freedom in structure. It was very hard to adjust to an individualistic and very liberal system. I mean, my upbringing, I would iron my clothes every night. I would plan what I wore the night before, and then I would iron it. That’s just the way my mom raised us. Then I got to Hampshire, where clothing is sometimes optional and all this kind of thing. I was mortified.”

Steve McQueen On His Hopes For Her Career

“You know, there’s been a lot said about dark-skinned black actresses and the limitations they have within film. Well, I just hope that directors and other creative people have the idea of putting her in great and interesting projects, because she’s extraordinary.”

Having A Run-In With The Paparazzi

“I don’t know who they were waiting for, but they definitely chased me down, which is a startling, disturbing experience. I did not expect it. I went into flight mode.”

Being Thrust Into The Spotlight

“I’ve been in a bubble. I haven’t been out much. I haven’t gotten used to being recognized.” More than that, “I was blissfully ignorant of the magnitude of the project I was in or what it was going to mean for the world.”

Check out all the rest of the stunning images from Nyong’o’s photoshoot on the next page, and her full interview with New York Magazine here. Nyong’o can’t be stopped!

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