Lupita Nyong'o - Rotten Tomatoes

Lupita Nyong'o

Highest Rated:   96% 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Lowest Rated:   59% Non-Stop (2014)
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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 Black Panther
  • Nakia
2018
No Score Yet Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Maz Kanata
2017
No Score Yet Behind the Curtain: Eclipsed
  • Actor
2017
92% 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
59% Non-Stop
  • Gwen
$80.5M 2014
96% 12 Years a Slave
  • Patsey
$50.7M 2013
No Score Yet In My Genes
  • Director
2009

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Billy on the Street
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle
2015
  • Performer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2013
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
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 CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Star Wars: Forces of Destiny
2017
  • Voice

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