Nyong'o Speaks To 'British Vogue'
Lupita Nyong'o, famous for her roles in 12 Years A Slave, Us and The Force Awakens, has revealed what will compel her to talk about politics, or any other matter that she feels deeply about.
She spent time with writer Edward Enninful for British Vogue to discuss the matter, as well as talk about past accomplishments and future projects.
Having the Conviction
Nyong'o says if she feels a "personal connection" with an issue, she's more likely to be vocal about it.
"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 is to say something."
It's Not About the Money
The same goes for the movie roles she accepts, adding that her choices don't necessarily come down to how much she'll make after working on the project.
"I don't get fulfillment 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 Wasn't Spared From the Weinstein Fallout
One issue that affected Nyong'o deeply was being sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein, a former film producer who's still facing dozens of accusations of sexual assault from actresses and others in Hollywood.
Just this month, a tentative deal was reached between accusers and Weinstein for him to pay out $25 million to almost 30 actresses and former employees.
Nyong'o wrote an op-ed to the New York Times in 2017 about being sexually harassed by Weinstein. She says she turned him down twice after he sexually propositioned her.
In one incident, he asked for a massage from her at his Connecticut home, and in another, he asked for the two to go to a private room after having lunch together.
In the first incident, in 2011, when she was still a student at the Yale School of Drama, she says Weinstein invited her to a movie screening at his home, and later asked her to go to a bedroom with him, where he asked about the massage.
Nyong'o at first thought it was just a joke.
"I thought he was joking at first. He was not."
He then started to take off his pants, and that's when she left.
On a lighter note, Nyong'o certainly made waves in 2017, after her hair was altered without her approval on the cover of the British magazine_Grazia U.K._ The publication eventually apologized to her for "editing out and smoothing" her hair.
Nyong'o tweeted out the final photo compared with how her hair really looked, adding the "dtmh" (don't touch my hair) hashtag.