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Lupita Nyong’o Exposes That Michael Jackson Was The Inspiration For 12 Years A Slave Role : worldleaks

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Lupita Nyong’o seems to be a big fan of Michael Jackson, as the Oscar nominated actress has included that she used Michael Jackson as an inspiration for her character in 12 Years a Slave.

The Kenyan actress has exposed that she felt her character had similar qualities to that of Michael Jackson.

In an interview with Dazed and Confused magazine, she spoke about how she modeled her character’s doings after Michael Jackson’s child-like qualities.

“There’s something very Michael Jackson-like about Patsey – the child-like quality he always had,” she explained. “She had her childhood stripped away from her of a sudden as soon as she became of sexual age.”

Lupita acted the role Patsey in the Golden Globe winning movie 12 Years a Slave. She is also nominated for Best Actress In A Supporting Role at the upcoming Academy Awards.

She seems to be following in the footsteps of actress Whoopi Goldberg, who was also nominated for an Academy Award for The Color Purple.

Lupita also took that Whoopi Goldberg is one of her inspirations as well.

“Whoopi Goldberg looked like me, she had hair like mine, she was dark like me,” she exposed. “I’d been starved for images of myself. I’d grown up watching a lot of American TV. There was very little Kenyan material, because we had an autocratic ruler who suppressed our creative expression.”

12 Years a Slave is up for nine awards at this year’s show. The Academy Awards will air on ABC on March 2.


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