Lupita Nyong’o believes Marvel’s “Black Panther” film is significant to black culture, especially during Black History Month.
The Oscar-winning actress spoke to Buzzfeed about the social and cultural impact of her new movie while playing with some of the cutest puppies on the Internet.
When asked what she was most excited for on behalf of the “Black Panther” audience, Nyong’o said, “I’m excited for them to see Wakanda! This is an incredibly cool, aspirational African country. African people who are self-determining, women living in their power!”
“Black Panther” is screening during Black History Month, and that is exciting news for the “12 Years a Slave” actress. “What a time for ‘Black Panther’ to come out,” she said. “It’s fly, it’s bringing people, people are gonna go see it together, hopefully, dress up when they do it! This [‘Black Panther’] is a part of black history.”
Nyong’o, 34, also praised her Marvel co-stars: “This movie is full of incredibly talented actors. We have legends like Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and then we have newcomers like Letitia Wright and Daniel Kaluuya – and they’re bada**es!”
“We had big meals together,” explained the star. “We went to this African restaurant more than once and we just took it over. We enjoyed spending time together on and offset.”
And the physical demands of the fictitious action movie were all too real. “We had a six-week boot camp. We had a group session with all the Dora Milaje [special forces in the film] and then we’d break off and learn our individual skills,” she continued.
“It was really tough on the body, but also really cool because the more I exerted physically, the more I felt like I was getting into the Nakia zone of it all,” she said.
“Black Panther” will have its wide release on Feb. 16 and is already getting rave reviews from critics.