Paramount Pictures and Hollywood Confidential Celebrate Lupita Nyong’o

Paramount Pictures in partnership with Hollywood Confidential hosted a captivating event at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, shining a spotlight on the illustrious career of Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and celebrating her latest triumph in the highly awaited film, A Quiet Place: Day One. Hollywood Confidential Founder, Steve Jones, led an intimate and illuminating one-on-one conversation with Nyong’o, diving deep into how she got her start in the industry, her acting career thus far, and her role as Sam, in the new thriller. This special event drew a large crowd of prominent industry professionals and influencers.

During the hour-long conversation, Lupita opened up about her 2014 Oscar win. She recalled feeling dwarfed after the win and revealed the advice legendary actress, Emma Thompson, gave her about returning to theater after such a pivotal moment in her career. “Don’t listen to anybody, listen to your intuition – if you need to go back to the theater to hone your craft and believe in yourself, you do that. Because you are the only driver of your life. Carry on to charter your own path.”

When asked about the way Black Panther has shaped her life, the actress broke down into tears, stating, “I miss him.” Referencing the passing of her co-star, Chadwick Boseman.

She continued on by sharing how important it is for her to shift the paradigm around representation and what it means to be African. “It’s something I feel very deeply about. It’s my goal to be selective in the projects I work on and  the characters I portray.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 14: (L-R) Lupita Nyong’o and Steve Jones, Creator, Hollywood Confidential, speak onstage during the Hollywood Confidential event honoring Lupita Nyong’o in support of “A Quiet Place: Day One” at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on June 14, 2024, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

N’yongo later disclosed that her experience shooting Black Panther and her speech at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood event inspired her to create her children’s book, Sulwe. 

Later in the event, Paramount Pictures debuted two special clips from A Quiet Place Day One – allowing viewers to get a taste of Lupita’s #BlackGirlMagic in the upcoming film. “This film lends itself to a new cinematic experience. There’s something about this type of film that brings everyone closer, as you’re watching it. The sound design is so beautiful and is definitely something viewers will not know what to expect.” 

A Quiet Place: Day One is an anticipated addition to the American cinematic landscape, representing the third installment in the A Quiet Place film series. This apocalyptic horror film, distinguished as both a prequel and a spin-off, is crafted under the direction of Michael Sarnoski, who also co-authored the narrative with John Krasinski. The film features an esteemed ensemble cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, and Alex Wolff, with Djimon Hounsou returning to reprise his role from “A Quiet Place Part II” (2020).

A Quiet Place: Day One will debut exclusively in theaters, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX on June 28, 2024. 

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