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The Hollywood Film Awards were really stressful. It was the biggest press line I'd ever seen. — Lupita Nyong'o

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My father was a professor of political science and also a young politician fighting for democracy in Kenya, and when things got ugly, he went into political exile in Mexico. Then I moved back to Kenya shortly after I turned one, and I grew up in Kenya. — Lupita Nyong'o

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No matter where you are from your dreams are valid. — Lupita Nyong'o

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It's only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you're not expressing the utmost of your human experience. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I do my best work when I feel conviction to say something through the character I play. Always I want to have integrity and not compromise that. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Slavery is something that is all too often swept under the carpet. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I never, in my wildest dreams, could I have thought that the first role I get out of school would lead to an Oscar nomination. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I'm interested in generating work for myself. I have trouble with this waiting-for-the-phone-to-ring lifestyle, especially after drama school, which was so creatively fulfilling. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I grew up in Nairobi, which is the capital of Kenya, so it's hustle and bustle, and there's always something going on. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I like to wear things, I don't like things to wear me. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Ralph Fiennes was a pivotal influence on me. He asked me, 'So what is it you want to do?' I very shyly, timidly admitted that I wanted to be an actor. He sighed, and he said, 'Lupita, only be an actor if you feel there is nothing else in the world you want to do - only do it if you feel you cannot live without acting.' — Lupita Nyong'o

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Every single laundromat, grocery store, everything is called 'Lupita' in Mexico. — Lupita Nyong'o

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We, as human beings, have the capacity for extreme cruelty. — Lupita Nyong'o

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No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I grew up in a world where the majority of people were black, so that wasn't the defining quality of anyone. When you're describing someone, you don't start out with 'he's black, he's white.' — Lupita Nyong'o

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I have a very ostrich mentality. I feel like I have my head in the sand so no one can see me. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I always envisioned working in film and in theater. Theater and film are not, they're not in any way substitutable. What I love about theater is so different from what I love about film, and I enjoy the craft of both. — Lupita Nyong'o

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All throughout filming '12 Years a Slave,' there was a focus like no other. Everyone took ownership of this film and gave their all. — Lupita Nyong'o

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The set of '12 Years a Slave' was an extremely joyous one! We all recognized that we were making a powerful, necessary and beautiful film, and we weren't about doing it without that sense of responsibility, and we recognized that we needed each other to tell this story. We also knew we needed to hold each other up as we told the story. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I haven't always been gluten-free. — Lupita Nyong'o

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My immediate family was always very supportive. It was my own fear of the rest of the world not accepting me, the rest of our society not accepting my wish to be an actor. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I am thrilled beyond words that The Academy has recognized my performance in Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave,' and I am deeply proud to be in the company of my fellow nominees. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I was raised in Kenya, and I always wanted to be an actor from when I was really, really little, but the first time I thought it was something that I could make a career of was when I watched 'The Color Purple.' I think I was nine, maybe, and I saw people that looked like me - Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah. — Lupita Nyong'o

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As actors, you become an expert at starting over. — Lupita Nyong'o

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There is no shame in black beauty, — Lupita Nyong'o

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I grew up in the limelight and being the child of someone famous. So my relationship with fame is not bedazzled. — Lupita Nyong'o

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And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned, — Lupita Nyong'o

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The first time I cut all my hair off was when I was 19. I just got fed up going to the salon every week. I'd had enough! On a whim, it was off. It's low-maintenance. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be. — Lupita Nyong'o

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You can't eat beauty, it doesn't sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion, for yourself and those around you. That kind of beauty inflamed the heart and merchants the soul. — Lupita Nyong'o

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It's so funny, you go to acting school thinking you're going to learn how to be other people, but really it taught me how to be myself. Because it's in understanding yourself deeply that you can lend yourself to another person's circumstances and another person's experience. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Being a part of '12 Years a Slave' has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I love filmmaking, but I decided to go to drama school because I thought that when I'm 60 and looking back on my life, if acting hadn't been a part of it, I would hate myself. — Lupita Nyong'o

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And what my mother meant when she said you can't eat beauty was that you can't rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I loved make-believe. I was the child in the cupboard playing with my Barbies. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Personally, I don't ever want to depend on makeup to feel beautiful. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I'm still trying to get over the fact that my name is being mentioned with people like Brad Pitt. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I had this vivid image of myself at the age of 60 looking back on my life and truly regretting the fact that I hadn't tried to be an actor — Lupita Nyong'o

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I think it's a real gift to be faced with man's potential for extreme cruelty but also man's resilience and the fact that love really does conquer everything. It's the only answer to these kinds of atrocities and it's not a passive thing. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I come from a very close class. I lucked out because drama schools are often very competitive ... I have fourteen classmates. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Even in my dreams of being an actor, my dream was not in the celebrity. My dream was in the work that I wanted to do. — Lupita Nyong'o

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My mother talked about the stories I used to spin as a child of three, before I started school. I would tell this story about what school I went to and what uniform I wore and who I talked to at lunchtime and what I ate, and my mother was like, 'This girl does not even go to school.' — Lupita Nyong'o

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Makeup isn't something I've worn a lot of in my life. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I had moved back to Kenya after undergrad, and I went through this crisis of, 'What is my life going to be about?' — Lupita Nyong'o

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Human beings have an instinct for freedom. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Part of being an artist is that you are always concerned you don't have what it takes. It ... keeps us honest. — Lupita Nyong'o

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There is something about acting that's mysterious and magical because there is only so much I can do to prepare, and then I have to just let go and breathe and believe that it will come through. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I have the opportunity to learn about the fashion world, and I appreciate it as an art form ... But I never want it to take over my acting. — Lupita Nyong'o

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It's great to have something to dress up for. You know, I spent three years in slacks at drama school, so now I like putting a dress on. — Lupita Nyong'o

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What's becoming very obvious to me is that fashion is art. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I thought I was going to school to be other people, but really, what I learned was to be myself - accepting myself, my strengths and weaknesses. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I grew up watching foreign programs - American, English, Mexican, and very little Kenyan. 'The Color Purple' was the first time I saw people who looked like me. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I discovered that joy is not the negation of pain, but rather acknowledging the presence of pain and feeling happiness in spite of it. — Lupita Nyong'o

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To this day, I love eating steak tacos before going to the red carpets. — Lupita Nyong'o

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That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade to that beauty. — Lupita Nyong'o

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You fail, and then what? Life goes on. It's only when you risk failure that you discover things. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I'm pretty awesome at making salad dressings. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Seek perfection, and find joy in never attaining it. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Whoopi Goldberg looked like me, she had hair like mine, she was dark like me. I'd been starved for images of myself. I'd grown up watching a lot of American TV. There was very little Kenyan material, because we had an autocratic ruler who stifled our creative expression. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I want to be uncomfortable - acting is uncomfortable. — Lupita Nyong'o

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What I've learned from myself is that I don't have to be anybody else. Myself is good enough. — Lupita Nyong'o

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It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Steve McQueen is a genius. And I think that word is overused, but I think with Steve it's rightly used. He's a genius. — Lupita Nyong'o

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My conscious life has all been in Kenya, and it's my point of reference. But going back to Mexico was very formative. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Being called gorgeous is not a bad thing! But at the same time, I don't want to thrive on people's opinions of me. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I spent some time back in Mexico at 16 because my parents thought it would be prudent for me to learn Spanish, because I held a Mexican passport. — Lupita Nyong'o

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[My mother] always said I was beautiful and I finally believed her at some point. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I definitely intend to create my own work in the future so that we don't have to keep saying, We don't have work for black women.' — Lupita Nyong'o

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In the madness, you have to find calm. — Lupita Nyong'o

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You can't eat beauty. It doesn't feed you. — Lupita Nyong'o

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As human beings, what makes us able to empathize with people is a connection that is not necessarily understood mentally. — Lupita Nyong'o

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The muscles you flex in theater are muscles that you really need. I must always find a way to get back there. It's irreplaceable. — Lupita Nyong'o

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What I will say is that what I have learned for myself is that I don't have to be anybody else; and that myself is good enough; and that when I am being true to that self, then I can avail myself to extraordinary thingsYou have to allow for the impossible to be possible. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Growing up, I had really bad skin. I had a skin disorder. Yes, I did. And my mother went to great lengths to try to find something to remedy it. I remember she took a trip to Madagascar and came back with all these alternative, medicinal herbs and stuff. They didn't smell so good, but I think they worked some magic. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I would love to have a career that's governed by the material; I always want to be part of stories that I feel are worthwhile. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I went to the Independent Spirit Awards and won. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I come from a loving, supportive family, and my mother taught me that there are more valuable ways to achieve beauty than just through your external features. She was focused on compassion and respect, and those are the things that ended up translating to me as beauty. Beautiful people have many advantages, but so do friendly people ... I think beauty is an expression of love. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Being considered a fashion star is wonderful. It's definitely a bonus thing. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Drama is my sweet spot, but the thing about being an actor is that you want to do a variety of things. I definitely love fantasy and would want to be in a fantasy project. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I never understood who all those people are behind the actors! When you see them on the red carpet on TV, you go, 'Why does that person need such a large entourage?' And then you realize that every single person there has a role to play. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I thrive on structure. I find my freedom in structure. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I was born in Mexico because my father was teaching at a school in Mexico City. I was born during the third year he was there. And when I was 16, I returned to Mexico to learn Spanish. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I can speak of actors that I love. I love Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, her tenacity. I love Charlize Theron. She's so surprising and so exhilarating, the kinds of projects she takes on. Marion Cotillard as well. — Lupita Nyong'o

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There's always a sense of newness with acting, because every role, you come to every role fresh. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I always love to learn new things. That's the reason I like being an actor. — Lupita Nyong'o

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You can't rely on how you look to sustain you, what sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion; for yourself and for those around you. — Lupita Nyong'o

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My father used to act in high school. He was in a production of 'Othello;' I don't know who he played, but it wasn't Othello. He would talk about it, though, and read Shakespeare to me. — Lupita Nyong'o

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One of the reasons why I went to the Yale School of Drama is because I felt that I was acting off of instinct, but sometimes that is not reliable. When you're not feeling it, what do you do? So, going to grad school was about getting the tools to just use my instrument to the best of my ability. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I went to an all-boys high school, and they accepted girls in only the two A.P. classes. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I didn't know any successful actors in Kenya, so I felt like I could get away with going to college to study film more easily than I could with saying, 'I want to be an actor.' That's what I did. — Lupita Nyong'o

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As human beings, we aren't as individual as we'd like to believe we are. And I think that's what makes acting possible. Despite the fact that I have not experienced something, I have it in my human capacity to imagine it and to put myself in someone else's shoes, and to take someone else's circumstances personally. — Lupita Nyong'o

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My parents gave me a Mexican name. In our culture, we are named after the events of the day. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I learned at Yale, one of the biggest lessons was to learn how special I am and therefore how totally unspecial I am. I was special among everyone else who was special. The fact that we're all so individual and that's what makes us special. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I give myself homework when I have an audition. I give myself goals, and that's how I check how I'm doing. It can be something simple like 'listen,' or 'find your feet.' And then afterward it's an assessment, so in a way it's not about booking the job or not. It's about what I learned as an actor about that character. — Lupita Nyong'o

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Home is where my family is. — Lupita Nyong'o

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I feel privileged that people are looking up to me, and perhaps a dream will be born because of my presence. — Lupita Nyong'o