Kenyan movie star Lupita Nyong’o who rose to fame after putting on a spectacular performance in 12 years a slave, has opened up about the price of fame.
In an interview with Glamour magazine, she said: ‘I’m still adjusting. I guess I feel catapulted into a different place; I have a little whiplash…. I did have a dream to be an actress, but I didn’t think about being famous.
‘And I haven’t yet figured out how to be a celebrity; that’s something I’m learning, and I wish there were a course on how to handle it.’
‘I’ve heard people talk about images in popular culture changing, and that makes me feel great, because it means that the little girl I was, once upon a time, has an image to instill in her that she is beautiful, that she is worthy, that she can…
‘Until I saw people who looked like me, doing the things I wanted to, I wasn’t so sure it was a possibility. Seeing Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah in The Color Purple, it dawned on me: “Oh – I could be an actress!” We plant the seed of possibility.’