Nyong'o chatted with the mag in promotion of a full slate of upcoming projects, including Disney's live-action "The Jungle Book," but said that her experience shooting "Star Wars" -- in the motion-capture role of the pirate Maz Kanata -- was unlike anything else she's experienced. Calling the process "really bizarre and lots of fun," the actress told Vogue that it was a uniquely creative endeavor.
"I really enjoyed the fact that you're not governed by your physical presence in that kind of work," Nyong'o said. "You can be a dragon. You can be anything."
As for director J.J. Abrams, he knew he wanted someone with Nyong'o's presence to fill the role.
"We needed a powerful actress to play a powerful character," Abrams told Vogue. "Lupita was someone I'd known a little and was enormously fond of. More important, her performance in '12 Years a Slave' blew my mind, and I was vaguely desperate to work with her."
Sounds like the perfect match. Nyong'o also revealed herself to be a bit of a "Star Wars" geek, revealing in a separate video interview that her favorite flick from the series is "The Empire Strikes Back." In a choice of Luke Skywalker vs. Han Solo and C-3PO vs. R2-D2, she'd choose both latter options; she's also pretty adept at wielding a (toy) lightsaber.
Check out Lupita's full fabulous cover below. We can't wait to see her work her "Star Wars" magic when "The Force Awakens" opens on December 18.
Photo credit: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott/Vogue
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