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Lupita Nyong’o, who won the best supporting actress Oscar in March for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, has signed with CAA.
The actress, who was one of last year’s breakout stars, has left Innovative and signed with the Century City-based firm, THR has confirmed.
She remains repped by D2 Management and law firm Del Shaw. At CAA, Nyong’o will be repped by a team led by Hylda Queally, who also reps Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Berenice Bejo and Noomi Rapace.
Born in Mexico City to Kenyan parents and raised in Naroibi, Nyong’o, 31, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, had few credits to her name when she was cast opposite Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt in Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years. She became the target of every major agency as soon as she signed on but, according to insiders, postponed taking any meetings not only until after the the movie had wrapped but also until well after awards season had ended.
Since 12 Years she has appeared in just one film, playing a supporting role as a flight attendant in the Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop, a part she nabbed before the accolades for 12 Years began pouring in. In the wake of her Oscar win, she did meet with Star Wars director J.J. Abrams, but is not expected to appear in that film.
The fashion world has embraced Nyong’o, who commanded attention on the awards season’s red carpets, and she recently signed with Lancome to become one of its brand ambassadors. She may face a bigger challenge in Hollywood, though, since historically the film industry has not given black actresses the same opportunities that it has afforded black actors.
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