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Lupita Nyong'o Says Taylor Swift Got Her Through "A Hard Time"

Turns out the actress is an underground Swiftie!

Speaking to the audience following a screening for her latest film Little Monsters, which features Lupita performing Taylor Swift's bop "Shake It Off" with a ukulele, shared the audience just how much Tay-Tay's tune means to her.

“‘Shake It Off’ means a lot to me,” Nyong’o said, according to the New York Post. “I was going through a hard time professionally, and I was just in a funk.”

“I was working abroad, and my best friend came to cheer me up,” she continued. “He played ‘Shake It Off’ on his phone, and we just had a dance party in my bedroom.”

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She added that she wrote directly to T-Swizzle in order to ask her for permission to use “Shake It Off” in the flick, in which she plays a school teacher who has to protect her students from a zombie invasion.

“It meant a lot to me that this film had that [song],” Lupita said. “And so when I heard that they were having a hard time [getting the rights], I wrote Taylor Swift myself and asked her and told her that story -- and she said yes!”

She continued, “That’s one of the reasons why my interest was piqued in this movie when I read the script,” Nyong’o told the outlet, “because I was like, ‘Someone else who loves ‘Shake It Off’ just as much as I do!'”

Little Monsters is set to be released later this year, while Lupita's other film  -- Jordan Peele‘s follow-up to Get Out titled Us -- is out in US theatres March 15 (Australian dates are TBC).

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