2019 American Music Awards

Lupita Nyong'o Says Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Helped Her Get Out of a 'Funk'

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Lupita Nyong'o attends the 'Little Monsters' Premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at The Marc Theatre on Jan. 29, 2019 in Park City, Utah.

Lupita Nyong'o learned that the players gon' play, play, play, play and the haters gon' hate, hate, hate, hate.

The Oscar winning actress is in Park City, Utah, this week for Sundance film festival and the premiere of her film, Little Monsters. At a screening, she discussed a difficult career moment she went through and what Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," which she performs in one scene on a ukulele, means to her.

"I was going through a hard time professionally, and I was just in a funk," she said, according to E! News. "I was working abroad, and my best friend came to cheer me up. He played 'Shake It Off' on his phone, and we just had a dance party in my bedroom."

Since the film had a hard time getting the rights to use the hit tune, she took it upon herself to reach out to Swift. "I wrote Taylor Swift myself and asked her, and told her that story," Nyong'o explained. "And she said yes!"

Little Monsters premiered at Sundance on Jan. 27.   


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