This week’s spotlight marks my halfway point. I cannot believe how difficult it has been to find women of color to spotlight. Perhaps I’m not looking in the right places but going through recent successful films and Television shows there seems to be a lack of color. My findings consist of many Caucasians, and a few African- Americans every now and then. Two big ethnicities that I’ve noticed to be less celebrated in film are Hispanic and Asian women. I want to challenge myself in the coming weeks to search for a more colorful cast for my spotlights.
Today I want to spotlight Lupita Nyong’o who made her film debut this year in 12 Years a Slave. She has an extremely interesting background. Nyong’o was born in Mexico, but raised in Kenya. Although unsaid, I speculate she had always been into the Arts as she graduated Hampshire College with a degree in Film and Theatre. She continued to work on films as a production hand but she also did some acting work. She returned to Kenya and worked on a Kenyan television series. She returned to her work behind the scenes, writing, directing, and producing a documentary called In My Genes. Eventually, Nyong’o would return to the US to attend the acting program at Yale. This move gave her momentum in the industry, for after graduation she was cast in 12 Years a Slave.
Her biography is pretty short, however, I think that she will be an actress to keep our eyes on for continuous success. She is starring in another film alongside Liam Neeson in February, which will keep her name fresh as the 2014 Oscars roll by soon after. It is predicted she will have a running against super star Jennifer Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress. I am excited to see her performance in 12 Years a Slave, and look forward to her future roles.