If you're a fan of Lupita Nyong'o, then you are constantly plagued by one question that haunts all of your dreams. What is Lupita going to do next? Nyong'o began her career at heights that many other celebrities have to work for half their lives to reach and loving her as much as we all do can sometimes feel like constantly keeping your fingers crossed and praying she's not setting herself up for a fall. Yes, Nyong'o is People's Most Beautiful and, yes, Nyong'o has joined the cast of Star Wars, but for every bit of good news there's always that sour edge of uncertainty that Nyong'o can't keep living up to her hype. Now Lupita Nyong'o has a Vogue cover under her belt and in it she discusses her plans for the future — plans that come as no surprise, all things considered.
The thing is, Nyong'o is a humble and grounded celebrity, or at least that's the impression that she gives, but she's also undeniably larger than life. What other person could win an Oscar for her very first feature film role? Especially a role that wasn't even that of a main character? She's one of the most talked about celebrities in the world right now and her every move is being scrutinized, even though we've heard more about her upcoming roles than we've seen of her actual performances. There are a lot of eyes on Nyong'o right now and thus a lot of pressure.
According to her Vogue interview, the issue of what's next is a question that also plagues Nyong'o and her management team. She's got The Jungle Book and Star Wars Episode VII coming up in her acting future, not to mention that she'll be co-producing and staring in an adaptation of the book Americanah. As if acting and producing aren't enough to go along with being Most Beautiful and an Oscar-winner, Nyong'o also has Broadway aspirations.
"I’m really hungry to get back onstage," she said in the interview. "It flexes muscles that you need to do the more subtle film work."
Nyong'o has her eyes on Danai Gurira's work, especially Eclipsed and The Convert which deal with the "myriad of issues confronting [her] homeland". In addition, she, like every stage actress who ever lived, would love to pursue more Shakespeare because she didn't "[have her] fill at Yale." That puts Cleopatra and Lady Macbeth at the top of her wish list of future roles. She's also a huge fan of Twelfth Night.
All of this makes perfect sense when you're starting from the top like Nyong'o is. She might be able to replicate her success with 12 Years a Slave or she might not, but acting on film screens is far from the only medium out there to conquer. In fact, she's already mastered it, so moving into voice acting, into different genres, into different award winning areas are all ways that she can keep the job fresh for herself and give people even more to talk about.
At the rate she seems to want to go, Nyong'o might end up being one of our EGOT performers and I can't think of anyone who would deserve the honor more. As she herself preaches, her dreams are valid and to go from being a little known name with ties to Mexico and Kenya to joining the exclusive list of twelve who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony would be the biggest dream come true. Nyong'o seems like the kind of person who blossoms under pressure and that's something we're all going to benefit from. Get ready world, because she's not going away any time soon.