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Lupita Nyong'o scared of Star Wars spoilers

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o is petrified of being the person who lets a juicy Star Wars spoiler slip.

Actress Lupita Nyong'o is terrified she'll be struck by lightning if she gives away any Star Wars secrets.

The 32-year-old star will appear as Maz Kanata in the hotly-anticipated new instalment of the franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, which hits screens in December (15). She has been sworn to secrecy over the plot, as have her co-stars including Harrison Ford, Gwendoline Christie and Adam Driver, and Lupita is worried she'll be the one who accidentally blurts out a spoiler.

"I'm convinced that if I say anything about Star Wars, I'll be struck by lightning," she laughed to Britain's Hello! magazine. "All I can say is that the very first time I walked on set, I walked onto another planet."

The star has managed to hold herself back from letting anything slip on social media, which she is proud of. Lupita has become a big fan of sites such as Twitter as they allow her to connect with fans, although she has warned people to be careful about how much of themselves they share in the public sphere.

"I think it can be very empowering, because you have the power to put your best foot forward - you're in control of how people see you," she mused. "But at the same time, it's a platform on which a lot of people are creating an illusion of what their life is. So while social media can be empowering, it can also be discouraging if you let it consume you. Everyone should take social media with a grain of salt because it's actually not the whole picture."

Lupita scored the best supporting actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave in 2014, but that hasn't stopped her career drive. There is still a lot she wants to achieve, with her goals morphing depending on what's going on in the rest of her life.

"My motivation changes with time," she said. "Right now, it's that I recognise the privilege and position I have. A lot of doors have been opened for me and I feel very humbled about that. I know not everyone has the opportunities I've had and I just want to make good of them."

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