“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.”
“I discovered that joy is not the negation of pain, but rather acknowledging the presence of pain and feeling happiness in spite of it.”
“It's only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you're not expressing the utmost of your human experience.”
Lupita Nyong’o (born Lupita Amondi Nyong’o in Mexico City, Mexico on March 1, 1983) is a Mexican-Kenyan actress and director. Her first feature film role was as Patsey in the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, making her the first Kenyan and first Mexican actress to win an Oscar. Lupita has also been named People‘s Most Beautiful and Glamour‘s Woman of the Year.
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Lupita Nyong’o is best known for starring in the 2013 movie 12 Years a Slave.
Lupita was born in Mexico, but raised in Kenya, Africa. She is fluent in multiple languages, including Luo, English, Spanish and Swahili. She studied film and theater at Hampshire College in the United States, and holds a Bachelor’s degree. Lupita got her start in the film industry by becoming a production assistant on the set of Hollywood films. She went to the Yale School of Drama to complete a master’s degree in acting, and graduated in 2012.