Lupita Nyong'o - Tackling Tough Roles in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Eclipsed"

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Lupita Nyong'o talks about filming CGI scenes in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and discusses her role as a Liberian woman coping with war in the Broadway play "Eclipsed." (5:08)

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PLEASE WELCOME LUPITA NYONG'O!

(APPLAUSE)

>> Trevor: OH, THAT IS ABEAUTIFUL DRESS OF --

ARE THOSE REAL LIGHTS.

>> YES, THEY ARE LED LIGHTS.

>> Trevor: DO YOU-- FORGIVE ME,IS THAT LIKE A STAR WARS OR

THING OR IS IT JUST A FASHIONCHOICE.

>> WELL, I THINK I MIGHT HAVEBEEN ATTRACTED TO IT BECAUSE OF

MY EXPERIENCE ON STAR WARS.

>> Trevor: YES.

>> BUT THIS IS A ZAC POSEN DRESSIN COLLABORATION WITH GOGGLE.

>> Trevor: IN COLLABORATION OFGOGGLE.

>> GOGGLE, YEAH.

>> Trevor: OF COURSE.

THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS ALL THETIME, FASHION AND GOGGLE, OF

COURSE.

>> YEAH, SO THEY HAVE THISINITIATIVE CALLED MADE WITH

CODE.

AND IT'S ABOUT ENCOURAGING GIRLSTO TRY COMPUTER SCIENCE BY

SHOWING THEM HOW IT MERGES WITHFASHION.

>> Trevor: THAT'S BEAUTIFUL,THAT'S REALLY FASHION.

>> HOW IT CAN.

>> Trevor: THAT'S NICE.

NOW YOU ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUTYOUR PLAY ECLIPSED AND TO TALK

ABOUT STAR WARS.

NORMALLY WHEN SOMEONE COMES ONTHE SHOW I GET TO PLAY A CLIP OF

THE MOVIE.

BUT BECAUSE STAR WARS IS ALLLIKE OH, WE'RE STAR WARS, WE

DON'T LET ANYBODY SEE ANYTHINGOTHER THAN WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY

SHOWN THEM, I CAN'T SHOW A CLIP.

SO IT IS BASICALLY JUST,EVERYONE AT HOME, IMAGINE

LIKE -- (LIGHT SABER NOISES)

(LAUGHTER)

WOW, LUPITA YOU WERE AMAZINGIN THAT.

THAT WAS-- THAT WAS AMAZING.

WHAT WAS THAT LIKE FOR YOU?

WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?

>> I IT REALLY WAS KIND OF OUTOF THIS WORLD, YOU KNOW--

>> Trevor: NICELY DONE, NICELYDONE.

IT WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD.

>> NO, IT REALLY WAS.

I, YOU KNOW, I GREW UP WATCHINGSTAR WARS.

IT WAS A PART OF MY LIFE.

IT CAME ON TV ON PUBLICHOLIDAYS.

>> Trevor: YES.

>> SO I THOUGHT OF STAR WARS ASTIME OFF OF SCHOOL.

AND IT WAS JUST INCREDIBLE TOHAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE A

PART OF IT 30 YEARS LATER.

>> Trevor: IS IT WEIRD ACTING,WAS THIS YOUR FIRST ROLE DOING

CGI.

>> YES.

>> Trevor: IS THAT WEIRD?

I ALWAYS WONDER BECAUSE THEY PUTTHE LITTLE DOTS ON YOUR FACE AND

YOU ACT-- DO YOU ACT IN ONEPLACE, LIKE YOU DON'T MOVE.

>> NO, YOU DO MOVE, YOU DO MOVE.

IT IS-- IT'S BASICALLY YOU'REDOING THE WORK YOU DO ANYWAY AS

AN ACTOR BUT ARE YOU NOT INCOSTUME AND YOU'RE NOT IN HAIR

AND MAKEUP AND ARE YOU IN DOTSINSTEAD.

AND YOU HAVE CAMERAS IN YOURFACE WITH LED LIGHTS SHINING.

AND YOU HAVE YOUR OWN PERSONALSPOLT LIGHT EVERYWHERE YOU GO.

>> Trevor: THAT SOUNDS-- ILIKE THAT.

SO YOU JUST HAVE A LIGHT THATSHIENS ON YOU.

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> Trevor: IT MAKES YOU LOOKANGELIC OR SOMETHING.

>> HOLY.

>> Trevor: THAT IS THE WORD IWAS LOOKING FOR.

ARE YOU EVER-- BECAUSE YOU AREVERY BEAUTIFUL IN PERSON.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Trevor: IN 12 YEARS A SLAVEYOU LOOKED LIKE A SLAVE.

>> I WILL TAKE THAT AS ACOMPLIMENT.

>> Trevor: NO, YOU DID.

IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS A TOUGHTIME, IT WAS A TOUGH MOVIE.

AND THEN NOW YOU LOOK LIKE-- AREWE GOING TO SEE YOU IN A MOVIE

WHERE YOU GET TO SEE YOUR FACE?

>> OH, YEAH, YOU WILL.

I DID A FILM AFTER STAR WARS INJUNGLE BOOK, I DID A FILM CALLED

QUEEN OF KAT-WAY, WHICH IS ANINCREDIBLE MOVIE ABOUT THIS

CHESS PRODIGY FROM UGANDA, AND IPLAY HER MOTHER.

>> Trevor: SO WE GET TO SEETHE FACE.

>> YES, WE GET TO SEE YOUR FACE.

>> Trevor: ONE PLACE WEDEFINITELY GET TO SEE THE FACE

IS IN THE PLAY ECLIPSED.

CONGRATULATIONS MOVING FROM THEPUBLIC THEATER INTO BROADWAY.

THAT'S PRETTY HUGE.

>> THANK YOU.

I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

>> Trevor: THAT'S REALLYEXCITING.

WHAT-- WHAT IS THE PLAY, CAN YOUTELL ME THE PLOT OF THIS THING?

>> YES.

I CAN TELL YOU A LITTLE MOREABOUT ECLIPSED.

ECLIPSED IS A BEAUTIFUL PLAY AN ACTRESS FROM THE WALKS DEAD.

AND IT IS ABOUT FIVE LIBERIANWOMEN DURING WARTIME THERE,

DURING THE CIVIL WAR.

AND IT'S ABOUT HOW THEY COPEWITH THE WAR IN VERY DIFFERENT

WAYS, THE FIVE OF THEM.

AND IT'S FUNNY, IT'S INTENSE.

IT'S TAXING.

IT'S EXCITING.

IT'S A VERY EXCITING PLAY.

AND IT WAS VERY EXHAUSTING TO DOEVERY DAY BUT EVERY DAY IT WAS A

GIFT TO TELL THE STORY.

>> Trevor: WHAT WAS HARDER,DOING THE CGI IN STAR WARS OR

DOING THE THEATER ACTING.

>> WHOA, YEAH.

>> Trevor: THAT'S WHAT WE DO,TOUGH QUESTIONS.

>> THAT'S A TOUGH QUESTION.

I THINK WHAT WAS HARDER WASDEFINITELY ECLIPSED BECAUSE

THERE IS A STAMINA THAT YOU NEEDTO STAY WITH THE KIND OF

MATERIAL DAY IN DAY OUT ANDALLOW YOURSELF TO GO IN THAT

EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER FROMSTART TO FINISH EVERY DAY.

>> Trevor: THAT'S A POWERFULTHING.

BEFORE WE GO, REAL QUICK, TELLUS WHAT THE PLOT OF STAR WARS IS

AGAIN?

>> THERE IS A SABER.

THERE'S HANS SOLO AND YOU KNOW,AND OTHER FOLKS.

>> Trevor: YOU CAN'T BLAME MEFOR TRYING.

"STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS"WILL BE IN THEATERS DECEMBER

18th.

ECLIPSED BEGINS PREVIEWSFEBRUARY 23rd.

LUPITA NYONG'O, EVERYBODY.