Two years ago, Lupita Nyong’o was the belle of the ball, when she won an Oscar for her role as a slave in 12 Years A Slave. But that hasn’t stopped her from expressing her opinion about this year’s lack of inclusion and diversity at the upcoming Oscars.
In an interview with the Today Show, Nyong’o said there’s a bigger issue at hand.
“It’s a symptom of something else,” Nyong’o told Today’s Savannah Guthrie.
“I think what we are asking for is really for more stories to be told — for inclusion in the stories that are told. And I think it’s good for all of us when we hear a diverse number of stories and are able to experience more diversity. It’s more reflective of the world we live in. And so, I think that’s what we ultimately want is a diversity of stories to be told.”
Guthrie asked Nyong’o if there’s any type of role she’s like to be considered for that she hasn’t been offered yet.
“I feel really grateful to be in the position that I find myself in, where I can find the little weight that I have to get stories that I feel are untold or yet to be told made and done,” she said. “So for example, with ‘Eclipsed’ this was something that I brought to the table, because it had moved me in a way that I wanted to perform it and share it with people. So I feel that’s the role that I can play. “
Take a look at the interview below: