Lupita Nyong’o channels Emma Thompson when she’s on the red carpet.
English actress Emma famously photobombed the Kenyan-Mexican star at the 2014 SAG Awards, the year Lupita went home with the Best Supporting Actress gong for 12 Years a Slave.
While Lupita posed regally for photographers in a teal Gucci gown, Emma jumped in behind her making funny faces. Talking to PorterEdit about her fellow actress, Lupita admits she now takes a leaf out of Emma’s book when it comes to glitzy events.
“Emma Thompson, she’s the realest woman. Observing her on the red carpet and how free and irreverent she was,” Lupita recalled of their 2014 encounter. “She was like, ‘Don’t sweat it. We get to wear pretty dresses and prance around this red carpet, so enjoy it.’ That made it less pressure. I’m like, ‘Okay, I need to channel my Emma Thompson. This is a big moment in my life, but also it’s just a moment.’”
Lupita also bagged the Best Supporting Actress Oscar and BAFTA that year.
Since then, Lupita has become a red carpet regular thanks to roles in box office smashes like Black Panther, The Jungle Book and the Star Wars franchise.
Working with stylist Micaela Erlanger for her premiere and awards looks, Lupita has become known for her fearless fashion choices, and she’s now also experimenting with bold beauty looks too.
At the premiere of her new film with Jordan Peele, Us, at the South by Southwest Film Festival, she showed off eye make-up inspired by a look seen on Annie Lennox in the ‘80s, and a hairstyle based on one Snoop Dogg wore in the ‘90s.
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