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Brad Pitt called her "very special" and she's become the darling of the red carpet set. Mexican-African actress Lupita Nyong'o is Oscar nominated for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave. Here, the new Hollywood It Girl talks fashion and the future.

How does it feel to be Oscar-nominated? It's just been such an incredible opportunity, from day one.

I did not dream that the first film I would do would be so important and so magnificent. I am very fortunate.

You've become dazzling at awards ceremonies so far. Is there pressure to look good for these events? No, I actually don't feel the pressure because for me my first love is acting. And that's where my focus is.

I've loved the opportunity to learn about the fashion world and appreciate it as an art form and I look forward to my continued education but I never want it to take over my acting.

12 Years a Slave is your first film. What's next? My dream is to act some more. I hope this is the beginning of a long and diverse career for me.

My next film is Non-Stop with Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore [out on February 28].

The role of Patsey in 12 Years a Slave is hard. How did you get into that painful place? There's nothing in my past that might make me get there.

I have never been enslaved a day in my life, I come from a middle class background. The fact that I was portraying someone that truthfully existed and went through that, and I got to do it as a job, getting paid to do it and getting to walk away from it, those were the things that really humbled me.

I think it was about just humility and truthfully believing in these circumstances, that weren't true to my personal experience, but were true to this woman's.

So Patsey was the hardest role I've ever played - and the most joyful.
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Date:Feb 1, 2014
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