Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o

  • Highest Rated: 97% Black Panther (2018)
  • Lowest Rated: 61% Non-Stop (2014)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Although Lupita Nyong'o might seem like an overnight success story at first glance -- she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her feature-film debut, 12 Years a Slave -- her meteoritic rise is really the product of an artsy, globe-hopping upbringing and a tremendous amount of hard work.The second of six children, Nyong'o was born on March 1, 1983, in Mexico City to Kenyan parents Peter Anyang' and Dorothy. Her father was a visiting lecturer in political science at the Colegio de México at the time, and according to the Kenyan custom of naming children after current events, her parents chose the Spanish name "Lupita" (a shortened version of "Guadalupe").The family returned to Kenya the following year, and Nyong'o grew up in a middle-class community in Nairobi. She got the acting bug early on, appearing in school plays and making her professional debut at 14 as Juliet in a performance of Romeo and Juliet by the Phoenix Players, a Nairobi-based repertory company.At 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico, where she learned Spanish while studying at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México's Learning Center for Foreigners (in fact, she's fluent in four languages total: English, Spanish, Luo, and Swahili). She went to the United States for her undergraduate education, earning a degree in film and African studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Afterwards, she worked as a production assistant on a number of movies, including The Constant Gardener, which filmed near Nairobi. During the shoot, star Ralph Fiennes gave her the following advice when she said she wanted to be an actress: "Only act if you can't breathe without it." Nyong'o said those words stayed with her, reminding her of how difficult and volatile her chosen profession could be.Deciding to commit herself fully to acting, she enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts program at the Yale School of Drama -- just after appearing in the Kenyan TV series Shuga and writing, directing, and producing a documentary about Kenya's albinos and the discrimination they face. During her time at Yale, she acted in such productions as Uncle Vanya and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, and won the Herschel Williams Prize for "acting students with outstanding ability." Her extraordinary talent did not go unnoticed for long: Only weeks before graduating, she was cast in 12 Years a Slave as Patsy, the role that would win her an Oscar.Since then, she's appeared in the 2014 thriller Non-Stop, and brought to life the CGI character Maz Kanata in the 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She is also known as a style and fashion icon: In 2014, she was named the new face of Lancôme cosmetics, and was touted as the most beautiful woman in the world by People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" issue. At the same time, Nyong'o continues to support causes near and dear to her heart, serving as an ambassador for the conservation organization WildAid.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Maz Kanata 2019
83% Little Monsters Miss Caroline 2019
93% Us Adelaide Wilson/Red 2019
97% Black Panther Nakia $501.2M 2018
No Score Yet August 28th: A Day in the Life of a People Actor 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi Maz Kanata $619.2M 2017
No Score Yet Behind the Curtain: Eclipsed Actor 2017
93% Queen of Katwe Nakku Harriet $8.9M 2016
95% The Jungle Book Raksha $364M 2016
93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Maz Kanata $936.7M 2015
61% Non-Stop Gwen $80.5M 2014
95% 12 Years a Slave Patsey $50.7M 2013
No Score Yet In My Genes Director 2009

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

94% 2 Dope Queens
2018
Guest
  • 2019
100% Desus & Mero
2019
Guest
  • 2019
86% Serengeti
2019
Narrator
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Star Wars: Forces of Destiny
2017-2018
Voice
  • 2017
No Score Yet Billy on the Street
2011-2017
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle
2015
Performer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012

QUOTES FROM Lupita Nyong'o CHARACTERS

Raksha
If it's meant to be, it will be.
Maz Kanata
I am no Jedi, but I know the Force. It moves through and surrounds every living thing. Close your eyes... feel it... the light... its always been there... it will guide you. The saber, take it.
Maz Kanata
I love that wookie!
Maz Kanata
That lightsaber was Luke's. And his father's before him.
Maz Kanata
Take it ,Find your friend
Maz Kanata
Take it, find your friend.
Maz Kanata
The Force, it's calling to you. Just let it in.
Maz Kanata
The Force, it's calling to you. Just let it in.
Maz Kanata
The force, it's calling to you... just let it in.
Maz Kanata
Hope is not lost today, it is found.
Maz Kanata
Dear child, the belonging you seek is not behind you... it is ahead.
Maz Kanata
I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people. I see your eyes, I know your eyes!
Maz Kanata
If you live long enough, you see the same eyes in different people. I'm looking at the eyes of a man who wants to run.