Lupita Nyong’o lights up Daily Show, talks new Star Wars movie


Lupita Nyong’o was just the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast member to appear on late-night TV this week with an appearance on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Wednesday night. The actress literally lit up the room during her interview by wearing a dress made out of LED lights that was designed by Zac Posen in collaboration with Google.

The dress was not only a sartorial choice, but was also used to promote the “Made With Code” initiative that encourages young girls to become interested in the computer science field by teaching them how fashion can merge with technology. Daily Show host Trevor Noah took the opportunity to comment on her beauty and asked her whether she would ever do a film where you could actually see her face, noting that the Oscar-winning actress “looked like a slave” in 12 Years a Slave, and only provides the voice for the fully CGI-based character Maz Kanata in The Force Awakens, a brand new character in the Star Wars franchise. Nyong’o promised that she would look normal in an upcoming film that she did after Episode VII and The Jungle Book, which also only features her voice, called Queen of Katwe with Mira Nair. The movie revolves around a chess prodigy from Uganda, and Nyong’o will play her mother.

Noah noted that they couldn’t show a clip from the new Star Wars movie given its secretive nature, and Nyong’o remained tight-lipped about the role. She could only reveal what it was like to act using CGI, explaining that you could move around while using the technique and didn’t have to take time for hair and makeup. She also noted that she had watched the Star Wars films on TV during public holidays while growing up so she associated the franchise with getting out of school.

The actress was also there to promote her new Broadway play Eclipsed, written by Danai Gurira, who plays Macchione on The Walking Dead. It follows the story of five Liberian women coping with the country’s Civil War. When questioned by Noah on whether doing Broadway or CGI acting was harder, Nyong’o admitted that it was a tough question, but conceded that acting on Broadway was more difficult, calling it an “exhausting” experience, but adding that it was a “gift to tell the story.”

“I think what was harder was definitely Eclipsed, because there’s a stamina that you need to stay with this kind of material day-in, day-out, and allow yourself to go on that emotional roller coaster from start to finish every day,” she explained.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens open in theaters on Dec. 14, while previews for Eclipsed will begin Feb. 23. Queen of Katwe, meanwhile, is expected to be released sometime next year.

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