In less than five years since her feature film debut in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o has snatched an Oscar, forayed into Broadway, and starred in a slew of blockbuster hits. Now, with Black Panther setting up to be one of the biggest superhero films of all time, Lupita is gearing up to introduce audiences to her latest character Nakia, a “war dog” and spy in Marvel’s fictional African nation, Wakanda.
But before you head to the theater to see Lupita’s ass-kicking debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we sat down with the actor to ask her your most burning questions with the help of a few furry friends. Here’s what happened.
“Even in Kenya — you’d think we are predominantly African and black out there —
but when I finally had my hair natural, the hairstylist that I had been going to for so long with my relaxed hair didn’t know what to do with my natural hair and just kept offering me different chemicals to put in it,” Lupita said. “In the end I was like, ‘Why don’t you know?’ And he was like, ‘We don’t learn how to do natural hair in school.’ Now, of course, things have really changed.”
“Turns out you can’t lose the 61 lbs you gained during pregnancy by just scrolling through instragram and wondering why you don’t look like all the bikini models. Thanks @donsaladino for kickin my A double S into shape. 10 months to gain, 14 months to lose. Feeling very proud 💪😁💪”