Lupita Nyong’o whines about poor pay as she reveals her salary is below minimum wage

The A-list Hollywood actress is marshalling her fans to sign a petition that will see thespians earn better wages.


New York’s Broadway Theatre is the incubator of budding thespians wishing to make it big in Hollywood. A lot of actors and actresses who have starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters started their journey at Broadway.

Lupita Nyong’o has also featured in a number of plays at Broadway, the most notable being ‘Eclipsed’; a 2015 play about five Liberian women and their tale of survival near the end of the Second Liberian Civil War.

The Kenyan actress has since come forth to reveal thespians starring on plays at Broadway earn ‘peanuts’; she says their salaries are below minimum wage.

“Did you know that Off-Broadway salaries are often below minimum wage?! Join me and sign this petition to show your support for higher wages! Everyone deserves a living wage!” Lupita Nyong’o captioned a video she was grumbling about poor pay.

In the video, Lupita highlights the struggles of living in New York City with an unsustainable salary that Broadway offers thespians.

“I have lived in the US for 13 years and in that time I have taken buses, trains and planes to get to New York to experience the incorporable artistry of the theatre… But unfortunately the wages are anemic and quite frankly unsustainable as a living wage in New York City,” Lupita complained in a video.

Watch the complete clip below:


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