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How Lupita Nyong’o got Taylor Swift to say yes

12:01 AM February 04, 2019
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Taylor Swift –AP

For her latest film, “Little Monsters,” Lupita Nyong’o personally wrote a letter to Taylor Swift, asking for permission to use “Shake It Off”—a chart-topping song that helped the 35-year-old actress get out of a rut a few years ago.

“I was going through a hard time professionally. I was in a funk,” the Kenyan-Mexican star said in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where the said movie—a comedy horror by Abe Forsythe—premiered.

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“I was working abroad, and my best friend came to cheer me up,” she added. “He played ‘Shake It Off’ on his phone, and we just had a dance party in my bedroom.”

How Lupita Nyong’o got Taylor Swift to say yes

Lupita Nyong’o

Because it “meant a lot” to her, Lupita, who plays a kindergarten teacher in the zombie-themed flick, persuaded Abe to let her perform “Shake It Off” in a scene where she’s trying to pacify her students amid an invasion.

However, acquiring the rights to the song proved to be tedious. “When I heard that they were having a hard time, I wrote Taylor Swift myself and asked her, and told her that story,” she related. “She said yes!”—ALLAN POLICARPIO

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