‘Nervous’ Lupita Nyong’o was ‘truly out of comfort zone’ in new zombie comedy Little Monsters

She was ‘nervous’ about the movie (Picture: Screen Australia)

Lupita Nyong’o was ‘truly out of her comfort zone’ for new zombie comedy Little Monsters, director Abe Forsythe has said.

The Us star took a break from being the queen of horror for the Aussie-based flick, starring as a kindergarten teacher who has to protect her class from a zombie apocalypse – and convince them all it’s just a game.

Joining forces with Frozen’s Josh Gad and Alexander England, as well as a whole host of 5-year-olds, it’s definitely something different for her.

‘Lupita likes to be out of her comfort zone. She and I have talked a lot about that,’ Abe told

‘If you’re on the edge, you put in 110% and you discover something you didn’t know you were capable of.’

He pointed out: ‘Lupita flew halfway around the world to work on a low-budget movie, an extreme comedy with zombies and 5-year-old children, she truly put herself out of her comfort zone.

‘I know she had a lot of nerves and a lot of trepidation about it, but there wasn’t a single take where she didn’t give me something beautiful and it’s all in the movie.’

Explaining how he dealt with her nerves, Abe said: ‘It’s about making her – any actor – feel safe. She’d never played the ukulele before, she’d never sung before, the most important thing you can do as a director is letting them know you’re there for them and you’re going to give them the freedom to try anything to find the right moment.

‘But at the same time you’re not going to make them look stupid.’

Lupita battles zombies in the flick (Picture: Simon Cardwell)

In the unique comedy, Lupita’s character Miss Caroline deals with her nerves by belting out some Taylor Swift, with Shake It Off being used in a big way.

And it’s no secret that the use of the song is down to Lupita, as she penned a letter to Taylor asking to use it in an absolutely boss move.

In fact, Abe revealed that the song is one of the most ‘meaningful’ aspects of the movie for her.

‘She reacted to a whole bunch of truthful and very specific things that I put into the script,’ Abe recalled.

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And it turns out she was pretty surprised they managed to pull the whole thing off, with Abe recalling: ‘At the end of the shoot, when we finally got through it all – and it was one of the most difficult shoots anyone would experience because there’s so many logistical elements with trying to make a horror movie with children – there was this one moment.

‘When she finished, we had the wrap party, a couple of days later she and I went and had a cup of tea together…just before she got out of the car she turned to me and said “I have no idea how this happened.”

‘And I looked at her and I said “Yeah I don’t either.”’

You know what they say – never work with children or zombies.

Little Monsters is out in UK and Irish cinemas, and on Sky Cinema now.

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