Lupita Nyong’o Unaware She Auditioned For ‘Star Wars’
“I accepted this audition because I guess I thought, ‘I should probably find work,'” she told comedienne Ellen DeGeneres on her chat show Tuesday. “I didn’t really know what I was auditioning for. I knew I was going in for J.J. Abrams, but I was so busy, I was working on adrenaline. I went in and out and I barely remember that audition.” Nyong’o was only told Abrams was working on a “big movie,” and didn’t even get to read from the Star Wars script during the audition, only reading substitute pages from a different screenplay instead. It wasn’t until two months later when Abrams offered her a part in the mysterious project, as Nyong’o recalled: “I was in Morocco on holiday and he called me at my hotel and said, I have this motion capture role I’m considering you for, would you be interested?’ And I said, ‘Yes please!'” Nyong’o plays CGI space pirate Maz Kanata in the new Star Wars film, which opens on December 18.