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Lupita Nyong’o: “I’m Now More Famous than My Father” on Jimmy Kimmel Live



Lupita Nyong'o on Jimmy Kimmel Live - January 2014 - BellaNaija

We can’t get enough of Lupita Nyong’o and so can’t Hollywood.

Hollywood’s New It Girl is the face of Miu Miu, covered a good number of magazines and is racking up Oscar buzz for her role in 12 Years a Slave.

The Kenyan actress was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She dished on getting her role, meeting Leonardo DiCaprio, and being more popular than her father who is a senator in Kenya.

Check it out!


  1. SS

    January 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    congrats oo….am glad black women getting more recognition in hollywood……….her skin like honey…true defination of black beauty

  2. silvabubbles

    January 16, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Nice one!!!

  3. Dammie

    January 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Senator pikin, now I see where the hype , funds and high push came from

    • amaaa

      January 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Ad the Yale education too

    • Bee

      January 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      in drama…

    • lol

      January 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      illiterate. you really need to see the movie then come back to this page. you think every country is like naija…mscewwww #sick

    • Chic

      January 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Before she even got to Yale she was an extra in the “Constant Gardener” she produced her own documentary on people living with albinism called “In my Genes” and had a starring role in “Shuga Kenya” none of which her father funded nor influenced Google is your friend! While at Yale she also worked as an assistant on various film sets I have seen her name on the credits of a few low budget films. The only thing her father funded was part of her education and encouraged her to go after her dreams, her Yale education was a full scholarship

    • Chic

      January 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      And she just got an Oscar nomination for best supporting
      actress in 12 years….way to go girl! May your star shine even
      brighter! They have just been announced few minutes ago

    • Shawna

      January 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      thats all well and good, but this is her cousin. Isis Nyong “…led MTV Network’s commercial entry into Africa as a founding member of that team.” How’s that for small connects? I’m not hating tho, I think Lupita is an EXTREMLEY talented and beautiful actress, but information is always good.

    • Filmmaker

      January 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Senator in Kenya no get money like 9ja Senator o … they don’t steal money foolishly like the Nigerians NASS members do ….. the girl is good, end of story

      Also all my Naija girls have U noticed she didn’t have to bleach her skin … lmao

    • navida

      January 17, 2014 at 5:10 am

      Not all naija girls girl are black like charcoal. Haba you want to tell me she has gotten lighter at all. Mom’s Nigerian but am not and have got a whole lot of nigerian friends black like charcoal and what not especially since i went to highschool in nigeria

    • Royalty

      January 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      she went to havard too

  4. maame

    January 16, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    OMG BLACK IS POWERFUL…………go lupita is ur time

  5. Loveis my religion.

    January 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I just cant get enough of her…Very beautiful

  6. Adey

    January 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I’m sure people in the audience where going O she speaks so well for an African!!!

    • amaaa

      January 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      She went to yale duhhh

    • right

      January 16, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      So. Africans don’t speak well?

      She’s educated period. AYALE or not- she speaks well like many of us

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      January 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Was thinking that myself and glad when she clarified that she visited the US for the first time in 1999 (by which year she’s have been a 16 year old with foundational education gotten from Kenya). It continues to irk me when I hear that, “Your English is really good, when did you come to the UK?” question. My English is good because I had a great education in Nigeria, shikena. Stop looking for other reasons to explain it.

      That said, Lupita’s interview was a delight to watch.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      January 17, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Delete “she’s”, replace with “she’d”

  7. Syrup

    January 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Where the light-skinned niggas at? smh

  8. Marc Francis of Chelsea

    January 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I love her even more!

  9. Shazy

    January 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Nice. Love her to bits.

  10. Swagu

    January 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Dammie get out of this forum. You think Kenya is like Naija, that everything is man know man… Or the PR Machine in Hollywood cares about a senator in Kenya. You need to see 12 years a slave and Lupita’s performance… Before you come back here….. msweeewwwwww

  11. lilz

    January 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    i was just smiling all through…her bug has bit me

  12. merci

    January 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    when God says its your time, its your time, no one can dispute that. shine on lupita!

  13. Miss C

    January 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Aaaaww she’s interesting and loveable!! She is beautiful too!!! Love that we are now appreciating different representations of beauty!!

  14. Omolola

    January 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    And this is what I call an interview. Lupita got me smiling all through…

  15. uju

    January 16, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    BN and i have one thing in common….we just cant get enough of LUPITA!!!!!….Go girl!!!

  16. Great Portland Street

    January 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Genny I hope u are watching!

    • ItsMeAgain

      January 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Yep! She and our numerous Naija Nollywood and music artiste! Learn to seek knowledge my naija “celebs”. Me loving some Lupita at the moment. She represenets Africa well, especially Kenya. So Genny, over to you, please on your next opportuned interview, rep Naija well O!, But first you need to seek knowledge. Thank you.

  17. madamnk

    January 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    she’s soo beautiful and and interesting.

  18. Tetley

    January 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    i just hope our girls will now realise that being black has always been beautiful(not only in skin but in brains & character)..Not all these whitening skins changing syndrome….

  19. Lolly

    January 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    such a warm, intelligent and interesting young lady. she speaks well too

  20. jcsgrl

    January 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    This girl has truly got IT! Shine on trail blazer!

  21. Eve

    January 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Oh wow, I’m really impressed by her composure and
    eloquence. She makes Africa proud, especially her country. She is
    also very beautiful.

  22. nglove

    January 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Wow.. she is so comfortable and confident in her skin.. her responses were so good and candid.. I also watched her interview with Oprah and co and she is definitely very well spoken. Well done Lupita. I am learning from you.. Godbless from your Naija fan!.

  23. Blessmyheart

    January 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I’ve seen neither Shuga Kenya nor 12 years a slave so I’d been privately wondering what the hype was all about but watching this, I’m loving this lady with the way she speaks and her sense of humour. She comes across as intelligent and she was quite relaxed during the interview.

  24. luvbogg

    January 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Hardwork and self improvement! She had a goal and worked towards it, eloquence confidence and of cos talent. If only our Naija thespians can see this! Its not to buy all the channel bags or globe trott, you can. Only get international attention by upping your gaame, else. Will continue to bea nollywood actor shooting funny movies in the US andtelling your self you have reached the peak of your career!

  25. Helen

    January 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Ahh, so maybe it’s time for our Genny to go to Yale of UCLA for her Masters oh!!! Seems that’s a good way to get in and get noticed oh!!!!!!!

  26. Xtsy

    January 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    When u think of Kenya, also think of ur bloody president dude

  27. Ibukun

    January 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Go Lupita!!!!!!!!!!!! i’m jumping on my couch right now. she is simply amazing!

  28. Iris

    January 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    This interview made me smile. For some reason she reminded me of Kerry Washington. Precautionary Disclaimer: I am aware they are two very different people and I see them independently

  29. keepingitreal

    January 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Beautiful Interview!! Well done Lupita.

  30. c'est moi

    January 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    a breath of fresh air… refreshing interview… i love her

  31. Hannah

    January 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Lupita is a true star. i love everything our her.

    Nigerian actresses and fake celebrity girls, five lessons to learn from her:

    1. NO bleaching of skin- She is all African and proud of her beautiful skin she was born with. Dencia and her followers take note.

    2. No forming of accent : listen to her accent , so clean and proper, you can tell she is African even if she has been to american and mexico. Toke and her followers take note.

    3. NO showing off her huge success – Lupita has the right to show off if she wants because of her nomination for an award, but this African hardworking beauty reminds to stay very very humble. imagine, you wont see such character showing off her shopping bags. Chike Ike and her followers take note.

    4. No act of bitchiness and pride in the mist of fame – Lupita is so composed in this interview and all other interviews and the famous people she has been with, which is bringing her loyal fans from all over the world because of how humble she is and well behaved. not being famous and boastful the next second. Muna and her followers take note.

    5. No father’s name attached to her success – Lupita hard work paid off, am very proud of this girl. She went to school, started from small roles, auditioned for a big screen role, and look; she is the talk of town today. Am so impressed. Not those of you who use your father’s name to get to the top without doing half of your own hard work . Dj Cuppy and her followers take note.

    congrats Lupita. love you soooo much and cant wait to see more of you.

    • SugarOnMyLips

      January 16, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you Hannah, you said it all. Nothing to add. Our Naija celebrities, please take note.

    • lmfao

      January 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Omg I love this everything you said was totally true. I laughed when you named a celebrity as a bad example. Especially the chika ike one. Lmfao!

    • Leah

      January 17, 2014 at 2:45 am

      All well noted.

    • Tetley

      January 17, 2014 at 8:34 am

      …Thank you Hannah…I love you so much for these comments…

  32. Bamzi

    January 16, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    That’s my gurrrl!! God go make you bigger o. Amen!

  33. Great Portland Street

    January 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Thank u Hannah! All they do is compete with each other on Instagram. Private jet tins, chanel bag, Louis Vuitton, snapping pics on business class lol. I tire for this our so called actors !

  34. Love me Love me

    January 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Good job Lupita. Congrats.

    Ehmmm nollywood ladies, see that bod, diet and wooorrking out a lot, then you’ll be camera ready. Please this new year, no more Bessie bunta’s

    • lmfao

      January 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      omg bellanaija people You guys kill me I come here everyday just to laugh!

  35. Lizzie

    January 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Lovely girl…

  36. temtem

    January 16, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    wow she’s stunning and the camera loves her!

  37. sara

    January 16, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Love Her!
    I wish alot of these Nollywood actors/actresses would study acting and become world class actors rather than frontin on instagram.

    • Leila

      January 17, 2014 at 4:05 am

      Even if Nollywood actors and actresses have the best training, the problem is behind the scene crews, they have no training example; directors,editors ,dop, lighting, script writers, welfare package, lack of structure or organisation,producers ,locations, funding etc. Nollywood is a career killer, bottom line is what face can sell my movies not what Talent can sell my movies.

  38. whocares

    January 16, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    She is amazing!! This is the first interview of her i have seen.. she is so charismatic, and natural. I love you Jennifer Lawrence, but I’m joining the Lupi train now.. I didnt know her name was Mexican either.

    • Leah

      January 17, 2014 at 2:43 am

      You can love them both, both ladies are fabulous.

  39. bobanu

    January 17, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Black is beautiful…classy babe

  40. NNENNE

    January 17, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Good girl.Nice for not letting your father’s status get to your head.
    Chiwetel Ejiofor is also from an upper middle class family…Father is a doctor and mom is a pharmacist.

  41. lulu

    January 17, 2014 at 1:43 am

    she’s a good role model.. BN take note.. very soon na me una go hear about 😀 😀

  42. Bev

    January 17, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Good for her. I enjoyed her in Shuga. I have not yet seen 12YAS/Fruitvale Station/The Butler -I don’t know if I will.
    That said, na wa for some of una, you cannot give praise without pulling another down. There is a lot that your early years education/background plays into who you are. Lupita is an “ajebutter”, a well traveled one at that, sent to Mexico to learn Spanish, graduated from Yale, her father is a Senator- an African Senator, so she has been in circles (networking) that a lot of people do not get to roll in.
    So why will she not be well spoken and carry herself with confidence?
    As for bleaching it would be really silly for her to try that nonsense, she has beautiful dark skin and the upkeep will be hell.
    Hollywood is a dangerous machine, it will chew up the strongest, spit them up and keep on trucking. Everyone has their own path and place in the entertainment industry. Big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond? Live and let live. Besides, Hollywood really does not see it for black acts.

  43. Fabulicious

    January 17, 2014 at 8:19 am

    This interview is refreshing.

  44. chigirl

    January 18, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Bia Bev, gbafuo gi, what are u spewing?, u so pessimistic! Hollywood chews & spits pple out, nollywood kwanu?, what do they do?, keep a bunch of tanlentless actors around?.

    She doesnt bleach her skin cos she loves who she is & not just cos her black is beautiful!. Whether u are chocolate or charcoal black, love ur self and stop trying to be sth else.

    On confidence, i’ve seen pple from d poorest background carry themselves with so much confidence and elegance that u’d think they had millions, confidence is intrinsic, u dont inherit it, u cultivate it

    Welldone Lupita, u make us all pround

  45. tzipporah4

    January 25, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I love how polished and calm she is!! She’s so

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