Lupita Reveals Winning an Oscar Helped in Acquiring a Green Card

Lupita Reveals Winning an Oscar Helped in Acquiring a Green Card

Lupita Nyong’o has revealed that it was easier for her to receive her green card in the back of the Oscar Award she won in 2014 for her role in the movie 12 Years a Slave.

Speaking during an interview with Thanu Yakupitiyage and Rage Kidvai of the ‘Bad Brown Aunties’ podcast, Lupita said she had struggled to establish herself in the US as she did not have permanent residency.

To acquire a Green Card, the 36-year-old actress said she was required to get a permanent job or win an international films award.

Nyong’o who graduated from Yale University graduate was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents and lived there for a year before her family returned to Kenya.

In the wide-ranging interview, which earned Lupita her second cover on the respected Vogue magazine, the actress also revealed how she was told her skin was too dark for a TV role in Kenya during auditions.

Lupita admitted she was not one of the best-performing kids in the class but this did not stop her from pursuing her dreams.

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She attended college in the US, earning a Bachelors Degree in Film and Theater Studies from Hampshire.