Lupita Nyong’o covers Vogue for second time, talks race, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘the …

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Han Solo or Luke Skywalker? ‘Star Wars’ Star Lupita Nyong’o Makes Her Pick.

“As Africans, we don’t grow up with a racial identity,” she told Vogue’s Plum Sykes in the magazine’s October cover story. “We grow up with cultural and ethnic identity before racial identity.While chatting with Vogue magazine, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o answered several “Star Wars” questions that likely won’t spoil the latest sequel, but might fuel a few debates that have raged for decades. For Vogue’s popular “73 Questions” series, the actress called 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back” — the first sequel of the “Star Wars” series — her favorite movie in the franchise. Deemed “La Femme” by Vogue, the 12 Years a Slave star trades in her signature effervescence for a look that is far more mysterious—dare we say sexy?

In a video included in the coverage package from Vogue, she reveals how many motion-capture dots she needed to sport while filming “The Force Awakens” (at least 168), but her answers about the original “Star Wars” movies and actors will probably be most interesting for fans. What’s her favorite “Star Wars” movie? (“The Empire Strikes Back”) R2-D2 or C-3PO? (R2) Han Solo or Luke Skywalker? (Han Solo) Nyong’o — along with newcomer Daisy Ridley, “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie and Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher — is part of a new “Star Wars” culture that is making a more conscious effort to include women in prominent roles.

Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”) will play the lead in “Star Wars” spinoff movie “Rogue One,” due next year, and longtime Hollywood super producer Kathleen Kennedy is overseeing the franchise as the president of Lucasfilm. With regard to the number of “dots” she wore to create computer-generated imagery on that set, she answered, “I don’t know, but I think it was more than 168.” While Vogue followed her around a studio full of dresses and shoes, Nyong’o opened a drawer to reveal a toy lightsaber, which she playfully brandished for the camera.

In the Vogue article, Nyong’o, who is Kenyan, also discusses how she had to contend with biases against her skin color and her background on her way to stardom. She also discussed with Sykes her early fashion education in Nairobi, Kenya, recalling a “very eighties” miniskirt with suspenders she donned at age five. “My mother always had her own style,” Nyong’o continued. “She wore A-line, tea-length flowery dresses, very well fitting. Nyong’o sports a printed aquamarine gown in a later photo in the editorial spread, paired with oversized hoops and a delicate silver chain necklace grazing her décolletage. When asked twice to reveal any kind of information about the new “Star Wars” movie, she smiled both times and replied, “No.” Born to Kenyan parents and partially raised in Mexico, the Brooklyn resident showed off her fluency in three languages (English, Swahili and Spanish) while answering some non-“Star Wars” questions.

When asked to perform some kind of talent, Nyong’o immediately grabs a hula hoop and keeps it going around her waist for so long, we’re confident she could have broken a world record had she not accidentally bumped into the clothing rack behind her.

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