Lupita Nyong’o: ‘Acting comes with a lot of responsibility’

Lupita Nyong’o is well aware that her job as an actress “comes with a lot of responsibility”.Since she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for her acting debut in 12 Years a Slave, the 36-year-old has starred in a number of critically-acclaim…

Lupita Nyong’o is well aware that her job as an actress “comes with a lot of responsibility”.

Since she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for her acting debut in 12 Years a Slave, the 36-year-old has starred in a number of critically-acclaimed films, such as Jordan Peele’s horror Us and Marvel’s Black Panther.

Lupita reflected on her six-year career as she accepted the Montecito Award at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California on Monday, telling the audience that she feels honoured to have been offered the opportunities she has.

“It still feels early for me to be reflecting on a body of work, but I feel blessed to have had the diversity of experience I have had so far,” she gushed, according to local news website Noozhawk.com. “It’s something I have always wanted.

“As an actor, real freedom is having that choice, and it’s hard to get there because acting is reliant on many other things. Acting is a privileged thing. It’s luxurious to play all day, and have people look up at you… It’s a luxurious thing, and also a thing that comes with a lot of responsibility.”

The Little Monsters star previously explained to British Vogue magazine that she is seduced by projects which might have a cultural impact.

“I don’t get fulfilment from the number of zeros attached to a project,” Lupita explained. “What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative. That is very seductive to me, having social and cultural impact.

“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 to say something.”

Lupita can next be seen starring opposite Jessica Chastain and Diane Kruger in spy thriller 355 and leading the TV adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah.

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Lupita Nyong’o’s red carpet looks relate to film characters

Lupita Nyong’o and her stylist like to come up with looks which reference the film she’s promoting when she hits the red carpet. The Oscar-winning actress and her stylist Micaela Erlanger, who have been working together since her movie debut in 2013, …

Lupita Nyong’o and her stylist like to come up with looks which reference the film she’s promoting when she hits the red carpet.

The Oscar-winning actress and her stylist Micaela Erlanger, who have been working together since her movie debut in 2013, consider the outfits she wears when promoting projects to be an extension of the visual storytelling within the movie.

Accordingly, they treat each event with thematic precision, and explored female warrior iconography when Lupita was promoting Black Panther and mined circus and carnival references while stepping out to support horror movie Us.

“It’s really important to have a narrative, because we’re telling a story visually, just like in an editorial,” Erlanger told British Vogue magazine. “She’s never in costume, but her look has to relate to the character she’s there to talk about.”

However, their narrative dressing is put to one side when it comes to award shows, as they like to go for all-out glamour.

“It’s an extraordinary honour to walk the red carpet at these events, so you have to have the confidence to command a presence there and represent the best possible version of yourself,” the style expert added. “Lupita is the star of her own life and she dresses for that role in those moments.”

Erlanger, who also works with actresses such as Olivia Munn, Meryl Streep, and Gal Gadot, also praised the 12 Years a Slave star for coming into their meetings having done her homework.

“She’s an expert in tailoring and silhouettes, and her knowledge of what suits her allows her to be more daring,” she gushed. “She pushes me, I push her and we bring each other back down to earth. This trust has allowed us to see how transformative style can truly be. She’s become the ultimate muse and people want to work with her.”

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Chadwick Boseman auditioned for role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy

Chadwick Boseman auditioned for the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy years before he was cast as fellow Marvel superhero Black Panther. The 21 Bridges actor is perhaps best known for playing T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel film franchise…

Chadwick Boseman auditioned for the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy years before he was cast as fellow Marvel superhero Black Panther.

The 21 Bridges actor is perhaps best known for playing T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel film franchise, including instalments such as 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, the final two Avengers movies, and his own standalone film, which won three Oscars earlier this year.

However, during a recent interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Boseman revealed that he originally tried out to play Drax the Destroyer in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but never expected to get the role, which eventually went to former wrestler Dave Bautista.

“It’s about going in and playing. I didn’t think I was going to get it,” he explained. “We didn’t know what Guardians was going to be so I didn’t know what it was. I only had a few pages at that time so it was good to come in and play to see what they did with it.”

Despite not being successful with the Drax audition, Boseman believes the opportunity got him in front of Marvel casting directors, who thought of him when they were casting for Black Panther.

“Well, sometimes, that’s the way it works as an actor. You go in knowing you’re not gonna get it, but you’re meeting the people that, you know they might be like, ‘He’s not this, but we’ll put him in this other thing.’ So, I feel like that was one of the moments where they were like, ‘Hey, we could use him later,'” the star added, giving a shout out to casting director Sarah Finn, who was responsible for finding every actor that appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The 41-year-old will reprise the role of Black Panther for a sequel, which is set to hit cinemas in May 2022.

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Chadwick Boseman: ‘I’ve noticed change in Hollywood since Black Panther’

Chadwick Boseman has noticed a change in Hollywood since the release of Black Panther in early 2018.The actor starred in the title role in the Marvel superhero movie – an instant classic that broke box office records and cultural ground thanks to its d…

Chadwick Boseman has noticed a change in Hollywood since the release of Black Panther in early 2018.

The actor starred in the title role in the Marvel superhero movie – an instant classic that broke box office records and cultural ground thanks to its diverse cast and storyline.

As for the lasting effect of the film on the movie industry, Chadwick told Britain’s Esquire magazine that he has seen a shift in the business.

“I’ve noticed change. I’ve seen a willingness of production companies and studios to castings in a way that they wouldn’t normally do,” he said. “You can’t make certain statements about a black lead, or a black cast, or having a certain number of people of colour – it’s not just black actors – anymore. In fact, it’s been proven that audiences want to see difference. They want to see variety and a world that reflects them whether it be race, gender, or sexuality. They want to see those things, so I think people are looking for opportunities in storytelling now.”

While the release of Black Panther has also positively affected the “business of distribution”, Chadwick noted that there’s still a long way to go.

“At the same time, I can’t say that everything has changed,” the 41-year-old continued. “The business is finding itself, and finding its value, so it’s still in the balance. I’ll also say that I’m in a unique position where I get to see the front and back of those things. There are a lot of people that haven’t broken through yet, and who are still trying to find their way and trying to get through certain prejudices. I have to acknowledge that, but they have more opportunities to do it.”

Now, film bosses are busy working on a sequel to the film, but there’s little Chadwick can reveal about the hotly anticipated Black Panther 2.

“The only thing I can say is that, for people who are hungry, the food is being prepared. I’m sorry I can’t say more!” he grinned.

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Angela Bassett never questions her glam squad’s plans

Angela Bassett likes to sit back and relax whenever she’s sat in the make-up chair.The Black Panther actress always pulls out all of the stops whenever she steps out onto the red carpet, with fans often remarking that she doesn’t appear to have aged si…

Angela Bassett likes to sit back and relax whenever she’s sat in the make-up chair.

The Black Panther actress always pulls out all of the stops whenever she steps out onto the red carpet, with fans often remarking that she doesn’t appear to have aged since the ’90s.

Angela has relied on the same glam squad for many years, and in an interview with NewBeauty magazine, explained that she trusts her team implicitly.

“We’ve been together a number of years. I trust them so much. Usually, I sit in their chairs, close my eyes and Zen out, or I think about the work I have to do. I so trust their creativity and their gift. Their absolute gift!” she said of her hairstylists and make-up artists. “I can just relax and try to prepare what I have to do. We all have gifts. We all have something to offer. And it’s great when you find those whose work you admire and trust, and whose personalities you enjoy.”

Angela went on to explain that she always removes all cosmetics following work or a red carpet appearance and avoids wearing make-up when off-duty.

“When I’m not on stage or on camera, I’m pretty sans make-up – I think it’s good to keep a clear, clean fresh palette. I am a potions and lotions girl, so if you make me promises, I’ll give you a shot. I do really like the iS Clinical serums. I always come back around to them and they work really well for me,” the 61-year-old shared.

And when it comes to self-care, Angela is all about massages and will text her go-to masseuse if she’s got any muscle pain or tension.

“I need her to get in there with the deep tissue and get rid of the knots and release the muscles,” she added.

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Lupita Nyong’o: ‘Hollywood can be oversensitive to sexism at times’

Lupita Nyong’o believes Hollywood can be at times “oversensitive” to sexism in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. The Black Panther star told Vanity Fair magazine she’s glad sexism and abuse are now hot topics in Tinseltown but while she’…

Lupita Nyong’o believes Hollywood can be at times “oversensitive” to sexism in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

The Black Panther star told Vanity Fair magazine she’s glad sexism and abuse are now hot topics in Tinseltown but while she’s happy people in the movie industry are now more sensitive to accusations of sexism, chauvinism, and abuse, at times she suggested they take things too far.

“I think there’s also at times an oversensitivity, which I just think is the nature of the pendulum shifting, and it takes time to find the balance,” the 36-year-old actress explained as she praised the industry for hiring intimacy coaches. “I’m quite happy that there is that kind of extreme change, and hopefully we find equilibrium as we move forward.”

Intimacy coaches ensure actors are comfortable during sex scenes and Nyong’o explained that they were now more commonplace.

“In the past, when it came to physical combat, there were always consultants on set, but when it came to intimacy there was never, ever somebody present to help actors navigate that,” she added. “Now you have that, which I think is a great inclusion, and ensures that those kinds of abuses don’t happen.”

As for her own real-life romances, the star closely guards her privacy, despite fans speculating over potential relationships with both male and female stars, including Michael B. Jordan and Janelle Monae.

“I feel like there’s parts of myself that I care to share and then there are parts that I don’t,” Lupita explained of her desire to keep her personal life private.

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Martin Freeman: ‘I will be returning for Black Panther 2’

Martin Freeman believes he will be reprising the role of Everett K. Ross in the next Black Panther movie. The Sherlock actor first played the CIA operative, who had been tasked to control and regulate the actions of the Avengers, in Captain America: C…

Martin Freeman believes he will be reprising the role of Everett K. Ross in the next Black Panther movie.

 The Sherlock actor first played the CIA operative, who had been tasked to control and regulate the actions of the Avengers, in Captain America: Civil War, and returned for 2018’s Black Panther, where he was injured in the line of duty and saved by Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, before going on to help Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa and his forces battle Michael B. Jordan’s antagonist Erik Killmonger. 

 Original director Ryan Coogler has signed on to direct a follow-up, but further details are currently unknown. However, in a new chat with Collider, the British actor said he expected to be back for the sequel.  

 “As far as I know, I will be returning,” he shared. “As far as I know, I will be in another Black Panther. That’s my understanding. As to when that will happen, I don’t know.”  

 It isn’t known when the sequel will be released, but as it didn’t appear on Marvel’s slate for 2020 and 2021 during their San Diego Comic-Con presentation, it’s likely it won’t be due until at least 2022.  

 Alongside Freeman, other castmembers expected to return for the sequel include Wright, Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke. 

 Last year, Marvel boss Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly the plot for the sequel was coming together and he teased that audiences would be seeing more of Wright’s Shuri.   

 “One of the favourite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one,” he said. 

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Michael B. Jordan fond of the scent of school soap

Michael B. Jordan has named liquid school soap as one of his favourite scents.The Black Panther actor was named as the global ambassador for U.S. luxury brand Coach last year, and has since starred in advertising campaigns for men’s fragrances Coach Fo…

Michael B. Jordan has named liquid school soap as one of his favourite scents.

The Black Panther actor was named as the global ambassador for U.S. luxury brand Coach last year, and has since starred in advertising campaigns for men’s fragrances Coach For Men and Coach For Men Platinum.

While Michael is a big fan of both of the colognes, he has now shared how he actually has rather unusual taste in perfume.

“(My first scent memory is) antibacterial hand soap from elementary school,” the star said in an interview for The Cut. “You know, the orange-yellow colour kind? I actually love that smell. Takes me back to good ol’ third grade. Yup.”

Michael went on to explain that he loves the aroma of fresh-cut grass, eucalyptus, and Mexican spices. But he has learned the hard way that certain types of alcohol and cocktails may not be as good for him as they may taste and smell.

“(Regret smells like) f**kin’ tequila,” he laughed. “No, I like tequila, tequila’s amazing. So maybe, the morning after tequila; whatever that morning smells like, that’s it… inside of a toilet bowl! Sorry.”

Over the years, Michael has developed a technique for scent application too, choosing to spritz it on after showering, and then adding a splash more once dressed.

But he insisted in a chat with Elle magazine that he mostly abides by a low-key grooming regime.

“I’m super low-maintenance: shower, moisturise, put some cologne on,” the 32-year-old smiled. “Self-care? Manicure, pedicure – I’m starting to get more into that.”

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Letitia Wright considers charitable acts part of her beauty routine

Black Panther star Letitia Wright credits selfless acts of charity for her flawless glow. The 25 year old, who serves as an ambassador for bareMinerals, is dedicated to working on her inner beauty more than her makeup routine, and insists that helps h…

Black Panther star Letitia Wright credits selfless acts of charity for her flawless glow.

The 25 year old, who serves as an ambassador for bareMinerals, is dedicated to working on her inner beauty more than her makeup routine, and insists that helps her look great from the inside out.

“You can put makeup on, but to me it’s about what’s on the inside. I work on it every day,” she tells People.

The actress has devoted herself to self-improvement and putting time into bareMineral’s Power of Good campaign, which helps raise funds for charities that aid causes such as women’s education and mentorship.

”It’s a wonderful example that inspires young women like me,” she shares of the organisation. “Treat your people the way you want to be treated. Ask yourself, ‘What did I do today that was kind and loving? And what didn’t I do that I can work on?’”

Though she doesn’t place a great emphasis on products, Wright has a few favourites she relies on to get red carpet ready – like Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser: “This changed the game for me. It leaves my face so soft, my friends actually rub the backs of their hands on it,” she says, noting that when it comes to accentuating her stunning eyes, she uses bareMinerals’ Lastopia Volumizing Mascara.

“This makes my lashes look so great, I don’t even need to curl them,” she says. “My guy friends will be like, ‘Oh you’ve got those (false lashes) on’. And I’m like, ‘Nope! It’s all me!'”

Wright’s appreciation of cosmetics is relatively new, as she has always liked being a natural beauty: “I never really liked make-up to begin with; I just thought it was a big hassle,” she told Elle last year. “But then I started to go to events and having makeup artists do it for me and I got into it.

“When you have your makeup done really well and it doesn’t look like the wrong colour or tone, or just not me, then I feel confident in it and I can just roll with it.”

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Danai Gurira declares Marvel love as Avengers comes to an end

Danai Gurira has declared her love for her “Marvel family” as the Avengers series wraps up.Avengers: Endgame, which features dozens of the franchise’s most popular characters, marks the last film in the current phase of the superhero series, with fans …

Danai Gurira has declared her love for her “Marvel family” as the Avengers series wraps up.

Avengers: Endgame, which features dozens of the franchise’s most popular characters, marks the last film in the current phase of the superhero series, with fans and critics all delighted with the final chapter when it hit cinemas earlier this month (Apr19).

In a chat with PorterEdit, Danai, who brought back her Black Panther alter ego Okoye for Anthony and Joe Russo’s swansong, gushed: “I love the Marvel family. I’ve had an amazing time working with all of them. And I love our fans.”

The 41-year-old will reportedly next be seen in Godzilla vs. Kong, which comes out in 2020, and she’s rumoured to getting ready to film the new Star Trek movie. A sequel to Black Panther has also been confirmed by Marvel bosses.

Reflecting on her training at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, The Walking Dead actress shared how the institution taught her more than just how to act.

“The beauty of that programme, in addition to the wonderful people who were there with me like Sterling K. Brown and Mahershala Ali, is that we all come from this training where you leave your ego outside of the room,” she explained. “It’s about collaborating not cooperating, which is something one of my teachers always said. I’m pretty willing to have a really clear conversation about what I think works, and what doesn’t, and why. It’s always done with respect. You want to find the magic. How do you create the best environment for the magic to come out?”

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