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Lupita Nyong’o talks why she prefers small plays rather than Hollywood roles

4 May 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Lupita Nyong’o is best known for her role in “12 Years A Slave,” which earned her an Oscars, and the actress explained in a recent essay why she choose doing small plays rather than taking on Hollywood roles.

She shared in her essay for the Lenny newsletter that one report’s recent question made her feel “quite silly.” The question was: "Why would such a big star choose to do such a small play?" She was asked this ruing the last round of press interviews for the play “Eclipsed.”

The actress then wrote about what she feels about the question. She noted, "I think as women, as women of color, as black women, too often we hear about what we ‘need to do.' How we need to behave, what we need to wear, what's deemed as too much or not enough, the cultural politics of what society considers appropriate for us and for our lives."

However, she does not want to be dictated with what she has to do as she has learned to ask herself what does she wants and what she wants to become. The actress continued to reveal that as an actress, feeling connected to the character is what she looks for first. The size of the role, the budget, and how popular one project could be is not as important to her.

Nyong’o then talked about Tilda Swinton , Cate Blanchett , and Viola Davis as the women whom she thinks are fearless as they approach every role without ego or vanity. She continued to say high praises to these women by writing: “They have a fierce commitment to the moment and the role, whether it's the lead or a character we see for just one scene. They give it their all, and it shows. The thought of having a career that in any small way might resemble theirs excites me.”

The 33-year-old also said that she does not oppose playing lead roles as she want to take risks and try her hand at stories that both thrill and terrify her.

Nyong’o will still be on the big screen as she appears on “The Jungle Book” and “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” She did say that she has a lot of projects in the future and she cannot wait to talk about them. It is unclear, however, if it is for a Hollywood project or a play.