Lupita Nyong’o Hula Hoops for Vogue Magazine’s October Issue—See the Cover!

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

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.*Not only is Lupita Nyong’o on the October cover of Vogue for a second time, as we reported here, Miss Nyong’o also did a video shoot and answered 73 questions! 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. Dressed in gold Valentino Haute Couture with her hair straining to touch the sky, the coverline refers to her as “La Femme Lupita.” It’s her second outing as a Vogue cover model; she first appeared there in July 2014.

Among the many things we find out, she reveals a few of her (many) talents, from speaking Swahili and Spanish, to showing off her impressive hula hoop skills. 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.

In the cover story, Nyong’o, who was raised in Kenya, talks about her upcoming projects (including “Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens”), the moment she realized racial identity was a thing to be considered in the United States (when a professor told her she needed extra writing help based on her skin color), and the good advice she got from Oprah: “Oprah Winfrey advised me to figure out what my intention is and to act on it. The Oscar-winning actress also reflects on what it was like to move to Mexico at age 16 without her parents, how she learned to cry on demand, what life was like as a Hollywood production assistant, and what it took to bring her upcoming “Star Wars” character to life. 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. An Oscar winner for her performance in 2013’s “12 Years a Slave,” Nyong’o is expected to appear in the next “Star Wars” installment, “The Force Awakens,” arriving in theaters this December.

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. A year ago, the magazine had opted for a look that was far more girl next door, picturing the actress with her signature grin, but this time, the heat has been turned up six notches. 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.

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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