Casting can be tricky.
In a candid New York Times interview, Lupita Nyong’o shared that after winning her 2014 Oscar, she was offered the lead role in the action film “Miss Bala.”
However, she passed and the role eventually went to Gina Rodriguez. The film, which is centered around a kidnapping in Mexico, was released in February.
“I just realized that whatever I’m interested in didn’t fit into the story, so I chose to bow out,” Nyong’o, 36, explained. “I didn’t feel like I had the right perspective for it.”
A quick look at Nyong’o’s resume shows she’s very careful about the projects she takes on. Since winning an Oscar for “12 Years of Slave,” Nyong’o has only had a handful of other live-action films to hit theaters – her latest being the Jordan Peele horror flick “Us.”
“I’m not creative all the time, I’m just not,” Nyong’o said. “Each role depletes me in some way, and I know that I do my best work when I’ve had time to remain fallow.”
In “Us,” Nyong’o did more than perform on screen — she helped shape the story with Peele.
“He was really inviting of my thoughts and ideas,” she said. “He’ll have this kernel of an idea that is so strong, and then he’ll keep adding to it and clarifying his intentions as he goes along. When he cast me in the movie, I joined him in that process.”
“Us” hits theaters Friday, March 22.
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