“It was the best gift because, the thing is, my job has two main parts,” she said in an interview with Marie Claire magazine. “There’s the acting, and there’s the celebrity. And the celebrity involves a lot of giving.”
She continued, “Our lives are so full of distractions; you go from one distraction to another.”
The Oscar-winning actress told the magazine that she was “constantly wanting to leave” the retreat but dared herself to “take one more hour and another hour.”
She called the experience both “crazy and beautiful.”
In her interview, Nyong’o also shared her excitement in working with writer-director Jordan Peele on the soon-to-be-released horror movie “Us.” The actress said after meeting Peele, she proclaimed, “I will hold the boom for you. I will drag cable. I’ll do it all and anything.”
“I knew I had to work with him,” she said, adding that the Academy Award-winning director asked her about her process as an actress upon meeting her.
“I could just tell in that question was a man who understood what it meant to be an actor, what is the vulnerability, and the support that is most fruitful to get the most out of a creative, artistic encounter,” Nyong’o added.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in December, Peele said he found it important to have a “black family in the center” of his new movie. He won an Oscar last year for his psychological horror film about racism, “Get Out.”
Nyong’o joined her “Black Panther” cast at the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards last month for a history-making night. The film won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, becoming the first superhero film to win the honor.
After leaving her silent retreat last year, the actress told Marie Claire that she listened to Kendrick Lamar’s album “Damn,” on her flight back to New York.
″I heard every word Kendrick Lamar said,” she said. “I heard the musicality. I heard instruments I’d never heard before. It was like clarity. And I was just, like, wow.”
Read Nyong’o’s full profile in Marie Claire here.