Lupita Nyong’o Eager for Romantic Comedy Role: “Consider This My Open Application”

Nyong’o seeks a rom-com role, expressing her desire to showcase her comedic talents

Lupita Nyong'o speaks onstage during a Hollywood Confidential event honoring her in support of 'A Quiet Place: Day One' on June 14, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ARNOLD TURNER/GETTY)
Lupita Nyong’o speaks onstage during a Hollywood Confidential event honoring her in support of ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ on June 14, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ARNOLD TURNER/GETTY)

Lupita Nyong’o has made a heartfelt appeal to Hollywood casting directors, expressing her desire to star in a romantic comedy.

On Friday, June 14, Paramount Pictures and Hollywood Confidential hosted an event celebrating the acclaimed actress’s decade-long career, highlighting her achievements at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.

The celebration marked the 10th anniversary of her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave and her role in the upcoming film A Quiet Place: Day One.

Nyong’o, known for her diverse roles in film and television, took this opportunity to share her ambitions for the next chapter in her career. “Please tell everybody I’m looking for the rom-com,” she announced enthusiastically.

“I am here. I’m taking calls. Listen, if I need to audition, I’ll do it. I’m dying to do a comedy. Dying to do a comedy.”

While Nyong’o has an impressive portfolio, including her portrayal of a spy and romantic interest in Black Panther and her starring role in the horror film Us, she has yet to venture into the romantic comedy genre.

Determined to show a different side of herself, the Emmy-winning actress has been posting humorous videos of herself and her cat on social media to demonstrate her comedic chops.


“I’m trying to tell these executives that I’m funny and that I can be lighthearted and light-footed,” Nyong’o explained. “But I do have more dramatic roles in the can than light ones, so someone’s just got to take a chance with me. So consider this my open application.”

For now, Nyong’o continues to immerse herself in the horror genre, with her latest project being A Quiet Place: Day One, a prequel to the popular A Quiet Place films.

She expressed admiration for the franchise’s creator, John Krasinski, praising his innovative storytelling. “I was very honored to get offered this role because I think it is a very innovative world that John Krasinski created,” she said.

    “And it is a fun world. It’s a very specific world. It’s a tense world.”

    Nyong’o likened the experience of filming A Quiet Place: Day One to childhood games. “Like the floor is lava. You commit to that context and you go for it,” she said.

    “And you’re asking adults to do this. Imagine a world where you have to stay quiet to survive. It’s exciting to me to be in that kind of hyper-imaginative world.”

    She also had high praise for her co-star, Joseph Quinn, known for his role in Stranger Things. “Doing [the movie] with someone like Joe was awesome,” Nyong’o recalled.

    “I thought he was extremely memorable and moving as an actor, and I was very eager to meet him and wondering what he would be like in person. And what I discovered is that he’s a very hardworking actor and an extreme gentleman, and he’s a team player.”

    Lupita Nyong'o and Joseph Quinn in 'A Quiet Place: Day One'. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GARETH GATRELL/PARAMOUNT PICTURES)
    Lupita Nyong’o and Joseph Quinn in ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GARETH GATRELL/PARAMOUNT PICTURES)

    Nyong’o emphasized the excellent chemistry she shared with Quinn on set. “We very quickly got into a rhythm working together, and it was fun. It was always surprising. I just loved it. It was a wonderful, wonderful match when it comes to our chemistry,” she added.

    A Quiet Place: Day One diverges from the original films by setting the story in New York City during the initial alien invasion, a stark contrast to the rural setting of the previous movies.

    “I think that this movie is an homage to New York,” Nyong’o said, adding that she hopes audiences will be inspired to see it in theaters. “It is a reminder of how amazing and valuable it is to come together to watch a movie.”

    Nyong’o stressed the importance of the cinematic experience. “That cinematic experience — you can’t trade it,” she noted.

    “Like, yes, okay, it’s fine, the ease of putting on a movie at home, but this movie is made for that immersive cinematic experience, and there’s nothing as cool and satisfying as having a cathartic experience in a group setting.”

    The Hollywood Confidential event series, created by TV and content producer Steve Jones, has been a beacon for aspiring Hollywood talent over the past decade.

    The series aims to empower, inspire, and equip the next generation of actors, writers, producers, and directors of color through one-on-one conversations with influential voices in entertainment.

    Nyong’o joins a distinguished list of past honorees, including Regina King, Angela Bassett, Tabitha Brown, Issa Rae, Snoop Dogg, and Sterling K. Brown, who have all been recognized for their cultural impact.

    As Nyong’o looks to the future, her open application for a romantic comedy role is a testament to her versatility and eagerness to explore new genres in her illustrious career.

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