Lupita Nyong’o might have won hearts and awards with her role in '12 Years a Slave' but it seems her charm has failed to impress the co-stars of her Broadway play 'Eclipsed', who feel the actress is an ‘ice princess’ and a ‘manipulative b****’ behind the scenes.
According to reports, theatre actresses Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, and Saycon Sengbloh, who were all initially excited to work with the star, can now barely stand her. Theatre maverick Stephen C Byrd, who is executive producer of the play’s Broadway run, was adamant that Nyong'o be cast in the show after learning she was turned down for the role while an undergrad at Yale School of Drama.
“Stephen paid her top-dollar to be in this production. He’s head over heels to have her in the show and has made it clear to everyone, whatever Nyong’o wants, she gets,” a source told an online daily.
The source added that Nyong’o has so far declined all invitations to go out to lunch with her cast members and keeps to herself in the shared dressing room quarters. “She even tried to get her own separate dressing room at The Public Theater, but the venue didn’t have the space for it,” the source explained.
'Eclipsed' is a story of four women during the Civil War of Liberia circa 2003 confined to slave-like quarters in a rural compound by a warlord rebel leader.
It is having a sold-out run at The Public and it has already been announced that the show will move to Broadway in February next year.