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Lupita Nyong’o opens up about feeling isolated while filming

The actress also revealed what attracts her to projects.

Lupita Nyong’o will soon be starring in Americanah (Ian West/PA)
Lupita Nyong’o will soon be starring in Americanah (Ian West/PA)

By Julia Hunt, PA Entertainment Correspondent

Lupita Nyong’o has told how making movies can be isolating without a family to go home to at the end of each day.

The actress, 36, said it was something she experienced when she made zombie comedy Little Monsters, which was released this year.

She told Vogue magazine: “Filming is so time-consuming. And intense.

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Vogue (Steven Meisel)

“With Black Panther, a lot of us were single. On Little Monsters, nobody was single.

“Everyone, when they’re done with their day’s work, wants to go home to their families, which makes a whole lot of sense.

“When you don’t have that, it’s very isolating.”

One of the star’s latest projects is an adaptation of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, which tells the story of a young Nigerian woman who goes to the US to attend university.

Nyong’o, who is producing and starring in the series, said: “I had never seen the African contemporary experience explored, celebrated and analysed in such a way.

“The observations she makes as a non-American black person about America are things that I had never articulated but had felt.

“I was just madly in love.”

Discussing what drives her, the actress said she does not get fulfilment “from the number of zeros attached to a project”.

What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative Lupita Nyong'o

“What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative,” she said.

“That is very seductive to me, having social and cultural impact.”

See the full feature in the February issue of British Vogue available via digital download and newsstands on Friday January 3.

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