You’d think winning an Academy Award would evaporate even a droplet of self-consciousness when it comes to your place in Hollywood, but current silver screen darling Lupita Nyong’o is the first to admit she still gets starstruck. Granted, we’d get pretty blinded too if we ever ran into the particular megawatt superstar Lupita mentioned to late-night TV show host Conan O’Brien.
The 31-year-old actress and, as of Sunday, Oscar winner appeared on Conan’s tried and true segment, Starstruck, and told the redheaded comic of one her most recent brushes with out-of-this-world fame.
“I knew Oprah was going to be there,” Lupita said of a recent high-profile Hollywood event. “She’s one of the people I have looked up to and watched. I mean, she’s basically a reference for me growing up.”
In fact, Oprah was Lupita’s go-to explanation for almost everything. “You know, like, if you’re having an argument about facts, my friends would be like, ‘That’s not true. How do you know?’ And I’d be like, ‘Oprah Winfrey said.’” Hey, good enough for us.
With that kind of love in her heart for Madame Harpo, imagine how thrilled Lupita was when Oprah personally greeted her at the event. Hear the details on their meetup in the video below.