Here are some things you probably didn't know about the "Us" star.
She was born in Mexico but grew up in Kenya
"I was born in Mexico because my father was teaching at a school in Mexico City. I was born during the third year he was there," she told CNN en Espaol in 2014.
At a 2013 press conference for " 12 Years a Slave ," she explained that she lived in Mexico for less than a year so she cites Kenya, where her parents are from, as the place where she grew up.
But, the "Black Panther" actress has also said she has a special place in her heart for Mexico and that she identifies as a "Mexi-Kenyan."
Nyongo said that when she was a teenager she spent some time learning Spanish in Mexico
At the same press conference , she said that when she was 16 years old her parents sent her back to Mexico so she could learn Spanish.Nyong'o said after spending some time in Mexico, she came to the US to attend college.
She won an Oscar for her first big-screen role
She can speak a few different languages
"I think I speak enough Spanish to watch or do a movie and hold a conversation," she told the Daily Beast in 2014. "I also speak Swahili and Luo, which is my mother tongue."
She got her first movie role while studying to get her masters degree
In 2017, she told Grazia Daily that she studied film and theater at Hampshire College in Massachusetts before enrolling to get her master's degree at the Yale School of Drama.
Nyong'o had not yet finished her master's degree when she was offered the role of Patsey in "12 Years a Slave."
She worked as a production assistant when she was in college
In a 2019 interview with "Today," the actress said she worked as a production assistant on the set of 2005's " The Constant Gardner" while she was in college. She said her job included getting coffee and looking after the lead actors.
Nyongo made her directorial debut in 2009
In 2009 , the "Non-Stop" star wrote, produced, edited, and directed her own documentary called " In My Genes ." The documentary is described as looking at what it's "like to be 'white' in a 'black' society."
In 2009, she starred in an MTV show that tackled topics like dating, sex, and love in Africa
Her first big acting break was when she starred in the MTV series "Shuga." She plays Ayira, a woman navigating relationships, dating, and sex in Africa.
The show is known for portraying the sexual relationships of young people in Kenya while showing some of the realities of HIV. "Shuga" was part of an initiative from MTV's Staying Alive Foundation , a charity that gives grants to help prevent HIV and produces content that is meant to help stop the spread of HIV.
Shes had a number of major endorsement deals over the past few years
Nyongo penned a forthcoming childrens book about learning to love her midnight skin
In 2019, the actress told Marie Claire that she wrote a children's book , "Sulwe," about a girl who learns to love her "midnight skin." The book is expected to be released later this year.
"In no way do I imagine that a child will read this and never have a problem with the world discriminating against their skin or themselves discriminating against the skin," she told the publication . "But at least you have a foundation. You have something that reminds you that you are enough. For me, I have my parents who do that."
If she wasnt an actress, she said shed be working in massage therapy
Though she's been acting since she was a child,she told Vogue in 2015 that she'd be a massage therapist if she wasn't an actress .