It was British actor Ralph Fiennes, of “The English Patient” fame, who gave Nyong’o the advice that she needed to take the leap. The actor was in Kenya to film “The Constant Gardener” in 2004, and Nyong’o, who worked on the set of the movie, boldly approached him about her own dreams.
“At first, he told me not to do it,” she said. “But by the end of it he said , ‘If you can’t see yourself doing anything else, then act. But don’t do it because you think it’s going to be fun [or] because you like attention and lights.”
“The closer he looks at the child, the less he sees … The more he looks at it, there’s nothing there. He fears that the more you look at him the less you see. There isn’t anything there.” - John Hughes