Lupita Nyong’o might be an in-demand cover girl now, but a decade earlier she was just a ‘production runner’ on the Nairobi set of The Constant Gardener.
One of the 32-year-old Oscar winner’s job duties was escorting Ralph Fiennes – the leading man in the 2005 political thriller – to and from his tent to the set.
The Eclipsed thespian recalled in the December edition of Rhapsody Magazine…
‘Ralph is a very still man on set. It would be very quiet, and that made me uncomfortable.
I’d try to make chitchat, asking, “What’s your favorite film? Of all the films you’ve been in, which have you enjoyed the most?” He was so polite, and he responded to me.
At one point, though, he just said, “Lupita, give me my space.”‘
It made Nyong’o realise the importance of letting actors have the space to calibrate themselves psychologically for their role.
‘The time before a camera rolls, the moments before my foot steps on a stage, have to be meditative. I have to withdraw from the world as I know it. It’s about listening quietly to my inner motor.’
The Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised actress also got in trouble talking to Fiennes while he was being directed by Oscar nominee Fernando Meirelles.
‘Suddenly the assistant director was white in the face with rage. He said, “You never interrupt the director!” I didn’t even know who the director was.’
For the seventies-inspired spread in United Hemispheres’ mag, Nyong’o was outfitted by her longtime stylist Micaela Erlanger.
One of the 32-year-old Oscar winner’s job duties was escorting Ralph Fiennes (L) – the leading man in the 2005 political thriller – to and from his tent to the set.Actor Ralph Fiennes Ralph Fiennes (L) and Oscar nominated dierector, Fernando Meirelles (R)For the seventies-inspired spread in United Hemispheres’ mag, Nyong’o was outfitted by her longtime stylist Micaela Erlanger.
Source: DailyMail UK | Rhapsody Magazine