12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o cites Michael Jackson as her inspiration
The actress' role as Patsey was influenced by the singer's 'child-like quality'
Hollywood's rising star Lupita Nyong'o has cited music icon Michael Jackson as her inspiration for 12 Years a Slave.
The Kenyan actress plays the gritty Patsey in Steve McQueen's harrowing drama, a young slave who is beaten and raped, before meeting Chiwetel Ejiofor's character Solomon Northup when he is kidnapped and sold to a New Orleans' plantation.
"There's something very Michael Jackson-like about Patsey - the child-like quality he always had," Nyong'o told Dazed and Confused magazine.
"She had her childhood stripped away from her suddenly as soon as she became of sexual age."
Jackson shot to fame aged just 6-years-old as a singer in The Jackson 5 and died from an accidental drug overdose in 2009.
Nyong'o, who has made her feature film debut in 12 Years a Slave , also credits Whoopi Goldberg's performance in the movie adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple.
"Whoopi Goldberg looked like me, she had hair like mine, she was dark like me," she said. "I'd been starved for images of myself. I'd grown up watching a lot of American TV. There was very little Kenyan material, because we had an autocratic ruler who stifled our creative expression."
Other stars to thank Jackson for his influence in the past include Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Muse and rapper P Diddy, while Lady Gaga is a prominent fan of the "Billie Jean" singer.
The eccentric pop star owns so many of Jackson's old possessions that she is planning to open an entire museum to showcase them.
"I have his sweaters that I put on. I wear them when we're mixing and finish up the record. I feel something from the clothing," she once said.
Music Why this music festival is still the place to spot the next big thing
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
- 5 Zayn Malik quits One Direction: Hundreds of workers request compassionate leave following band member's exit
Jeremy Clarkson to host BBC's Have I Got News For You despite Top Gear exit
A historian gave the most British look of despair when someone screwed up Richard III's birthday at his reburial
Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
Kay Burley 'bias' against Ed Miliband prompts 130 complaints to Ofcom
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'