The new 'Star Wars' movie was so secretive, Lupita Nyong'o didn't even know she was auditioning for it
Guys, there’s just one more sleep until Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Those of us who have managed to avoid the dreaded spoilers are on the edge of our seats, excited out of our wits to see how the story unfolds on the big screen. After all, this movie is kinda sorta a majorly big deal. That’s exactly why the Star Wars team has been ultra-secretive about the entire project. . . so much so that Lupita Nyong’o, who is playing Maz Kanata, had no idea she was auditioning for Star Wars when she was auditioning for Star Wars. In fact, she barely even remembers the audition.
Lupita was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to chat with Ellen about a galaxy far, far away, and she admitted that when she auditioned for J. J. Abrams, there was a massive air of mystery. “I didn’t really know what I was auditioning for,” the actress told Ellen. “I knew I was going in for [Abrams]. . . I was so busy, I was working with adrenaline. So I went in and out, I barely remember that audition.”
Two months later, Abrams called her up at her hotel room when she was on holiday in Morocco, asking if she’d be interested in a “motion capture role.” Little did she know it was actually the best holiday *ever*, because she was being offered a role in the next Star Wars installment. NBD.
Ellen had to ask how this was all couched to Lupita in the first place. “They just said ‘go meet with J. J. Abrams?'” Ellen asked her, half-laughing. And apparently, yeah, that’s exactly what they said. That and he was “working on a big movie.” Big indeed.
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