Lupita Nyong’o is Cinderella in real life. No, really. She is! And it’s not just because she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in 12 Years A Slave and it’s also not just because she’s literally dressed up like our favorite Disney princess. Her rags-to-riches story is as close as a gal can get to a real-life Cinderella story. Our biggest question: will Jared Leto be her Prince Charming?
Less than a year ago, no one knew who Lupita Nyong’o was. She was just another up-and-coming actress who scored her first role in an independent film. Her first job in Hollywood wasn’t even acting. She was Ralph Fiennes‘s personal assistant on the set of The Constant Gardener. Meaning, she was the Hollywood equivalent of a servant! Then, she went to the prestigious Yale School of Drama and upon graduation landed her first film role as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave.
Tonight, she is reigning over the 2014 Oscars as its radiant princess. She came dressed as Cinderella, got to boogie down with Pharrell Williams and got in on an epic selfie with Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence. She was already having the best Oscars ever… and then she won her first Academy Award!
Can her night get any better? If it turns out the rumors that she and Oscar’s Prince Charming, Jared Leto, are hooking up, the fairytale would be complete.
Hey, we can dream right? And it’s just like Lupita said in her acceptance speech: “your dreams are valid.”
Let’s hope they wrap the show by midnight because if the fairytale holds true, her dress might fall to rags.