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‘When I think of my life, there is before 12 Years A Slave, and after it’

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o talks about her career-defining role, returning to Black Panther after the death of Chadwick Boseman, and her new all-female action film, The 355

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Legacy lives on: Lupita Nyong’o with Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther

Legacy lives on: Lupita Nyong’o with Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther

Legacy lives on: Lupita Nyong’o with Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther

Lupita Nyong’o, brought to us by Zoom, sits serene and regal at a long table backed by French doors leading to a handsome garden. All seems in order, but midway through our interview a terrible racket erupts, as though a jackhammer has been revved up in the near vicinity.

Sorry,” she says, breaking into a hearty laugh. “The neighbour’s mowing the lawn — the dangers of being at home!” Then again, strangeness has become the new norm: the film we are ostensibly discussing, The 355, was finished almost three years ago.


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