Lupita Nyong'o Dishes on Meeting Beyonce and Hearing Her Name in a Jay Z Song
By Raphael Chestang
You're nobody 'til somebody shouts you out in a Jay Z song.
During a sit-down on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Lupita Nyong'o revealed the highest point of her career so far, and it isn't her Oscar win.
"[Jay Z] shouted me out and I felt like the coolest kid ever," Nyong'o admitted.
The GRAMMY winner name-dropped Nyong'o on his verse for the "We Made It" freestyle released in 2014. The 33-year-old actress revealed how she discovered the lyric.
"I was actually taking some repose in Massachusetts when my brother started sending me all these voice notes, screaming and saying, 'Jay Z! Jay Z! Yo!'" she recalled. "He sent me the link and I heard it. 'I'm on my Lupita Nyong'o' and I was like 'What?!' Yeah, that is the height."
"It was her and Solange and she said, 'Me and my sister were just geeking out. Hi, I'm Beyonce,'" Nyong'o recalled. "What kind of world is this where Beyonce is coming to introduce herself to me? Oh my goodness, it was amazing."
Nyong'o can next be seen on the big screen in Queen of Katwe, opening Sept. 30. The story follows a Ugandan girl who sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.