Flawless Queen ↪ Lupita Nyong’o
“Yeah, being special doesn’t make you special. It really doesn’t, so get on with it. Yeah, so in pursuing my work as an actor, it’s all about me but it’s not about me at all at the same time. So that paradox, it was something that really gave me a sense of balance and kept me in service to the work I was doing because this is a kind of role that an ego would destroy because it asks so much of you. Also, the fact that I was thrown into this thing with people that I’ve admired so deeply.
I was definitely very intimidated by being a part of that group. I panicked. I panicked. Surely he’s made a mistake and I’m going to receive a call and they’re going to tell me I’m fired. I know it. I know it, I know it and I felt that way until I arrived there but then I also recognized that I felt that way about so many other characters that I played while I was at Yale. There’s always a sense of newness with acting, because every role, you come to every role fresh. So recognizing that I could be comfortable in my discomfort and get on with the job.”