Lupita Nyong’o wants a “normal” job.
The ‘Us’ star loves being an actress but she also wants a job where she feels she can “be of use to the world” too.
She told The Sunday Times‘ Culture magazine: “My parents instilled in me a sense of ‘Be of use to the world’ – and that voice never shuts up. So I am programmed to be attracted to things I feel are useful. I don’t think I’m in search of nobility, but I do urgently need to say something.”
Lupita previously revealed how she feels she has a responsibility to promote ethnic diversity in Hollywood.
She explained: “Films inspire people to feel differently. A lot more can be done. We can be more empathetic when we realize how much more alike we are than how different we are. You see, I don’t like to fight the reality. The reason it is so acute is because of the stage we are at. When we are talking about inclusion in entertainment, it’s because entertainment isn’t inclusive and, until such a time as that becomes the norm, then this work has to be done … I feel an impetus to say something because this is a conversation that very directly affects me, and my career, and my role in the world. But I don’t belabor it.”
And the 36-year-old actress revealed she has become “more familiar” with herself and Hollywood over the last three years.
She said: “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.”
Lupita’s current box office feature sees her play the role of Adelaide Wilson in Jordan Peele’s horror film ‘Us.’ Due for release on March 22, Lupita has been traveling across the globe promoting the new film. According to an article by The Sauce, the Kenyan belle took her folks to the Us Movie Global premier at South by South West Film Festival, in early March. Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o and his wife Dorothy Nyong’o were in attendance, proud to stand by the Hollywood movie star whom they call their daughter.