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Have You Heard Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong’o Speak Spanish? They Just Did It in an Interview with Jorge Ramos

Stars Wars: The Force Awakens co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Oscar Isaac are BFFs.

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Nyong’o plays a character named Maz Kanata in the film.

Isaac is playing Poe Dameron, a pilot for the resistance.

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The co-stars recently showed off their Español during an interview on Jorge Ramos’s Al Punto. As usual, Ramos wasn’t there for small talk.

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After an initial question about Star Wars, Ramos asked Nyong’o:

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Nyong’o replied:

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“I was born in Mexico and I grew up in Kenya… so I have have influences from Kenya as well as Mexico. I went to school in the United States, so that has also influenced me.”

Ramos then asked Isaac the same question:

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Credit: Al Punto / Univision.com

“How do you define yourself, Oscar? Do you consider yourself Guatemalan-American? Cuban-Guatemalan-American? Does it matter?”

Isaac replied:

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Full quote: “Pues, soy un ciudadano del mundo, primero. Pero la verdad es que culturalmente, soy Americano. Me crié en los Estados Unidos. Para mi, ser Americano es tener toda esa cultura. Es tener las raíces de todos esos lados… ser Americano no es solo una cosa.”

“Well, first off I’m a citizen of the world. But the truth is that I’m American. I was raised in the United States. For me, being American means having all of those cultures. It’s having roots from all those places… being American isn’t being just one thing.”

Nyong’o and Isaac also spoke with Ramos about the languages they speak at home, Isaac’s desire to visit Cuba and the importance of the Star Wars in popular culture. Watch the full interview here.

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Oscar Isaac Will Be Marvel’s First Live-Action Latino Superhero on Disney Plus

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Oscar Isaac Will Be Marvel’s First Live-Action Latino Superhero on Disney Plus

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On Monday, it was announced that Oscar Isaac was cast in the new Disney+ Marvel TV series “Moon Knight”. According to Variety, “Moon Knight” will tell the story of “an elite soldier and mercenary who decides to fight crime after he becomes the human avatar of Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon.”

The news is exciting because it marks the Guatemalan-American actor’s first lead on a TV series and Marvel’s first live-action Latino superhero. In a time when seeing Latinos on TV is rare, this announcement gives us hope that Hollywood is becoming more open to hiring Latinx talent. It is also exciting because this isn’t the first time that Disney+ has hired a Latino actor to spearhead one of its blockbuster shows.

The streaming giant also hired Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal to be the lead of its extremely successful Star Wars spinoff series “The Mandalorian,” which will be premiering its second season on October 30th. “The Mandalorian” follows a story of a mysterious space bounty hunter who goes on the run with a “child” (i.e. Baby Yoda) he was hired to track down and return to his client.

“The Mandalorian” was a commercial and critical darling. Experts believed it helped launch Disney+ into the competitive streaming market. Experts believe the show was one of the reasons Disney+ amassed 26.5 million subscribers in its first six weeks.

And as Variety so astutely noted, since there will be no new Star Wars movies until at least 2023, Pascal is the current and only face of the Star Wars franchise. The burden is heavy, but Pascal bears it well. And his excellence in the role is further proof that Latinos can and should be starring in more TV shows.

The hiring of Isaac and Pascal as the leads of their two major shows makes Disney+ strides ahead of other networks who won’t take a chance on Latinx talent. The failure of Hollywood to give Latinos a seat at the table has been a hot-button issue of late, with the problem culminating recently in an open letter that 270 Latinx writers recently penned condemning the entertainment industry. The letter noted that Latinos make up 18.3% of the U.S. population, but only 8.7% of TV writers.

The move to cast Isaac after the success of Pascal in “The Mandalorian” might not be coincidental. The two men are famously close and have been best friends for years after meeting in an off-Broadway play at the beginning of their careers. Isaac has been candid about that time in their lives and in the industry at large, telling Variety that back then it was “so easy to be pigeonholed in very specific roles because we’re Latinos.”

“The dream was to be able to pay rent,” Isaac continued. “There wasn’t a strategy. We were just struggling. It was talking about how to do this thing that we both love but seems kind of insurmountable.” The two actors have been friends rather than competitors in a cutthroat industry, so much so that Isaac convinced Pascal to audition for “The Mandalorian” in the first place, as he told Wired.

It’s worth giving Disney+ credit where credit is due. While people like to discount TV shows and movies as if they don’t make a difference, the truth is, it is so fulfilling to see someone who looks like you reflected back to you through your TV screen. Representation matters.

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Lupita Nyong’o Penned A Heartbreaking Tribute To Black King Chadwick Boseman

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Lupita Nyong’o Penned A Heartbreaking Tribute To Black King Chadwick Boseman

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Eleven days have passed since “Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman’s family announced he’d lost a years-long battle to colon cancer.

In that time, many of Boseman’s fans, family, and co-workers have spoken up to pay tribute to his talent and life. Still, Lupita Nyong’o, who co-starred alongside Boseman in “Black Panther” as his character’s love interest Nakia, has remained quite.

Until recently.

For the first time since his death, Nyong’o spoke out about Boseman’s death on Instagram.

“I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope. I am struggling to think and speak about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense. It doesn’t make sense. The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning,” she wrote. “I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life that possess a immortal energy, that seem like they have existed before, that are exactly where they are supposed to always be – here! … that seem ageless… Chadwick was one of those people.”

Nyong’o shared that while she didn’t know Chadwick for long she will remember him forever.

“Chadwick was a man who made the most of his time, and somehow also managed to take his time,” she continued. “I didn’t know him for long, but he had a profound effect on me in the time that I did. When we came together to make Black Panther, I remember being struck by his quiet, powerful presence. He had no airs about him, but there was a higher frequency that he seemed to operate from. You got the sense that he was fully present and also somehow fully aware of things in the distant future. As a result, I noticed that Chadwick never seemed rushed! He commanded his time with ease.”

She went onto describe Boseman as a hard worker who showed up to every shoot “with his game face on.”

“He was absorbent. Agile. He set the bar high by working with a generosity of spirit, creating an ego-free environment by sheer example, and he always had a warm gaze and a strong embrace to share. His large hands would descend on my shoulders and give them a squeeze that relieved me of the tensions I did not realize I was holding. Chadwick’s hands were strong enough to carry the weight of the film and free enough to clasp mine when I needed it.”Ultimately, Nyong’o wrote, “it seems that it was life that gave up on Chadwick long before Chadwick gave up on life.”

The Oscar-winning actress appeared alongside Boseman in the Oscar-nominated film “Black Panther” which saw her play the role of Nakia, a War Dog for the nation of Wakanda and love interest of Boseman’s character T’Challa. While Boseman had long been an actor before his appearance in the Marvel Studios film, the role shot him to global fame.

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