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Nyong'o channelled 'fierce' mother

Associated Press Associated Press 7/04/2016 Nicole Evatt

Lupita Nyong'o says she channelled her own mother to play Raksha, Mowgli's adoptive wolf mother, in Jon Favreau's live-action remake of The Jungle Book.

"I channelled my own mother who is fierce and unwavering in her motherly ways," she said of the role. "I just think as a woman, I think we all have it somewhere in us and it was about finding it."

At the world premiere of the The Jungle Book in Los Angeles, Nyong'o said she's still basking in the glow of her Oscar win for 12 Years A Slave in 2014.

"I never expected to win in the first place, so I didn't have any expectations as to what life would look like after that, but I'm happy. I'm a really happy person. I love my life," she said.

Nyong'o currently stars in Broadway's Eclipsed and is back on set for Star Wars: Episode VIII.

In true Star Wars fashion, Nyong'o remains tight-lipped about the project.

"It's really cool," she said of working with the franchise's newest director, Rian Johnson. "The adventure continues you know and it's never a dull moment on that set."

The Jungle Book opens in Australia on April 14; Star Wars: Episode VIII is slated for a December 2017 release.

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