Lupita Nyong’o doesn’t want to be ‘imprisoned’ by fame.
The 12 Years A Slave star admits it can sometimes being a ‘little weird’ to think that people have such a ‘familiarity’ with her, despite having never met her.
Speaking to Allure magazine’s Culture of Hair issue, she said: ‘What fame does is there is an illusion of familiarity that is cast into the world.
‘So it’s about negotiating with that illusion because oftentimes you encounter people who have encountered you, but you haven’t encountered them. It’s a little weird to find your footing.
‘I have to be aware of that possibility, not imprisoned by it. It’s like, how do I find freedom within that awareness?’
It comes after Lupita revealed she has become ‘more familiar’ with herself and Hollywood over the last three years.
She explained: ‘I am more familiar with [this world]. I have my likes and dislikes. I know when I am spreading myself too thin.
‘Now I know how many hours I need to sleep. I feel very privileged. [My career] has given me the luxury of choice; I get to choose and work on things I can’t stop thinking about.
‘That is how I choose a project – if I read the script and after I leave it, the character lingers in my head. If I am not terrified of the character, then it is probably not for me.’
And Lupita feels she has a responsibility to promote ethnic diversity in Hollywood.