Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jared Leto pose in the press room during the Oscars (March 2, 2014)
It’s all about the crack of the whip. You hear it. And you feel it. I felt the wind of it every single time. I didn’t need much more. That was one technical thing, and definitely it took some finessing because obviously I can’t see what’s happening. I can’t see the whip. I can only react to the sound and the wind of it, yeah? So it was hard, but that day was as real as it could have possibly been for me, because in preparing for it, all I could do was be present. That was a quality of Patsey that Steve captured in the script. He said that she was “effortlessly sensual,” and I found this quote from James Baldwin, who described sensuality as being — he said, “To be sensual, I think, is to rejoice in the force of life itself and to be present in everything one does from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread.” And so Patsey was present, and that’s what made her so sensual.
Lupita Nyong’o on Patsey and the whipping scene of 12 Years a Slave
"After my last audition for Game of Thrones, they said, "Congratulations, princess. I was like, "Bye-bye, call centre."— Emilia Clarke for Flare Magazine (April 2014)