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Nyong'o: I've been in a bubble

11/02/2014

Lupita Nyong'o has admitted she still isn't used to being recognised despite picking up an Oscar nomination.

The Mexico-born Kenyan actress has been thrust into the limelight with her performance in 12 Years A Slave - winning a host of gongs and a best supporting actress Academy Award nomination - but told New York Magazine that she's still overwhelmed by awards season.

"I've been in a bubble," confessed the 30-year-old. "I haven't been out much,"

"I haven't gotten used to being recognised," she added.

The movie has nine Oscar nods, including a best director nomination for Steve McQueen, but Lupita admitted she didn't realise it would be so big.

She explained: "I was blissfully ignorant of the magnitude of the project I was in or what it was going to mean for the world."

Being an Oscar nominee means Lupita is having to get used to media attention and she revealed she recently had her first experience of the paparazzi.

"I don't know who they were waiting for, but they definitely chased me down, which is a startling, disturbing experience," she said. "I did not expect it. I went into flight mode."

Lupita is up against Julia Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Lawrence and June Squibb at the Oscars on March 2.

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