The 32-year-old beauty is set to star as orange pirate Maz Kanata in the latest instalment of the film, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’, and admits she feels really “honoured” to have the part despite her nerves.
She said: “I feel really honoured to be a part of this. To play any small role in it is an honour and a blessing, and it’s something I just never dreamed of being a part of. It never crossed my mind.
“So the fact that I’m a part of it and I get to witness it from this other side is really, really, really cool. I’m a little scared, obviously.
“I’ve been quite isolated from it because I’ve been working on a play for the last 10 weeks, so I’m only now starting to talk about ‘Star Wars’ and meeting the people who are in love with ‘Star Wars’, so this is my orientation to what exactly all this means.”
In the movie, Lupita’s character is brought to life through CGI motion-capture but she says it is a welcome change from her portrayal of Patsey in ’12 Years A Slave’.
She told Refinery 29: “Motion-capture is something that I’ve had my eye on ever since seeing Andy Serkis in ‘Lord of the Rings’, and then going on to see Zoe Saldana do it, and Benedict Cumberbatch, and folks like that.
“It looked like an opportunity to really play as an actor, because you’re not limited by your physical circumstances. And after playing Patsey in ’12 Years a Slave’, which was so much about the body, here was an opportunity where I was completely relieved of that. And I liked it.”