Lupita Nyong’o says Awards season is like a ‘war zone’. She started her career as a production assistant on several Hollywood films and her first acting debut with the short film East River says the red carpet feels just like this. The ’12 Years A Slave’ star insists people gave her advanced warning about the award seasons pressures. However she didn’t really get until she experienced it herself. Speaking in the US Vogue magazine, she said:
”Everyone said, ‘Brace yourself, Lupita! Keep a granola bar in that clutch of yours!’
”I didn’t really understand what they meant, and it was only once it was past that I realized that my body had been holding on by a thread to get through this very intense experience. Nothing can prepare you for awards season.
”The red carpet feels like a war zone, except you cannot fly or fight; you just have to stand there and take it.”
The thirty one year old also says that it’s hard to imagine how fast she became famous with her role in the historical drama, leading to her winning an Oscar award.
”It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me – before I recognized them!
”For a split second I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at – and it was me! That was, I think, the beginning of the end of my anonymity.”