Lupita Nyong’o On Her Dual Role In ‘Us’: ‘I Had To Go To Some Dark Places’

Lupita Nyong’o pulls double duty in Jordan Peele’s new horror movie “Us” and the work was physically and emotionally exhausting.

The “Black Panther” actress opened up about her new role on Wednesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. Nyong’o, 36, plays both Adelaide Wilson — the matriarch of the Wilson family — and her terrifying doppelganger Red.

“They’re very different, they’re diametrically opposed to each other but they’re also connected,” she told DeGeneres. “So I had to go to some dark places within myself to find the doppelganger, Red.”

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Nyong’o had to “do a crazy voice that was a lot of fun to create and I enjoyed the experience. I spent a lot of time between takes sleeping just trying to catch up with myself.”

Logistically, playing two roles presented challenges for Nyong’o. “You never meet your scene partner, which is a challenge of its own,” she said. “Someone who’s just an eye line or sometimes a green cross on the wall.”

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“Us” is Peele’s sophomore film as director, and much like “Get Out”, it has been an early hit with critics. “I’d walk off a cliff for Jordan Peele,” said Nyong’o. “I was madly in love with the mind of Jordan from the Key & Peele days, and I remember putting him on my ‘One day I’ll work with…’ list.”

“Then I saw ‘Get Out’. I saw it in the cinema five times in one month,” she revealed. “I was just so fascinated by it.”

“Us” premieres in theatres on March 22 following its SXSW premiere on March 8.

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