Lupita Nyong’o says she’s still struggling ‘to come to terms’ with Chadwick Boseman’s death

Lupita Nyong’o is still struggling with the death of her Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman.

On Tuesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, the actress admitted she’s still trying to “come to terms” with Boseman’s death — from colon cancer, at age 43, last August. She also assures fans the Black Panther sequel will honor the late star’s legacy.

“It’s still so hard for me to come to terms with his passing,” Nyong’o, 38, admitted when Boseman’s name was mentioned.

Lupita Nyong’o told Ellen DeGeneres that it’s still hard to think of Chadwick Boseman “in the past tense.” The Black Panther star died in August after a secret battle with colon cancer. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

As for what she’ll miss most about him on the set of the sequel, the Academy Award winner said, “His leadership… He led the movie with such compassion and just presence. When Chadwick came on set, he was present and he brought his entire being to that movie. And he was just so humble as well. That leadership will be missed.”

She added, “He was my friend and so it’s hard to think of him in the past tense still.”

 Nyong’o also said she’s confident knowing Boseman would want them to move forward with the hit film’s sequel.

“I do know for certain he would want us to do this,” she said, “and I feel what [director] Ryan Coogler has planned very much honors him and his legacy. So I feel good about going back.” 

Nyong’o, who played King T’Challa’s love interest, Nakia, in Black Panther, broke her silence about his death in September after attending his private memorial service. She called his death, after a four-year cancer battle, “a punch to my gut.” She said despite his illness, Boseman “used his body in every way he could. He did his own stunts, drummed at his own parties, danced many a night away, mastered martial arts… the list goes on.” 

She also said Boseman changed her in many ways.

Over the weekend, Boseman was honored at the SAG Awards for outstanding performance by a leading man for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. His wife, Simone Ledward, accepted the award on his behalf with a moving speech.

Story continues

“‘If you see the world unbalanced, be a crusader that pushes heavily on the seesaw of the mind.’ That’s a quote from Chadwick Boseman,” Ledward said during her speech. “Thank you, Screen Actors. Thank you, Chad.”

Boseman has been on a winning streak for his final film performance, with his wife Ledward accepting the Golden Globe, NAACP Award, Gotham Award and Critics’ Choice Award for him — and delivering several moving speeches.

Read more from Yahoo Entertainment:

You can view the original article HERE.

Honor Among Thieves Poster & Behind-the-Scenes Look Released
Tantura movie review & film summary (2022)
David Harbour Delivers Unique Brand of Santa
Keanu Reeves Looks Fierce in Newest John Wick: Chapter 4 Poster
‘Wednesday’ star Jenna Ortega on why her character doesn’t blink
Kid Cudi records ’11 songs in five days’ – Music News
U2 to receive Kennedy Center lifetime achievement award
Wolfgang Van Halen’s second album has ‘given him life’ – Music News
Servant Final Season Trailer: The Turners Are in Mortal Danger As Leanne Embraces the Darkness!
Bob McGrath, Longtime Sesame Street Star, Dies at 90
Tulsa King Season 1 Episode 4 Review: Visitation Place
Twin Peaks Actor Al Strobel Dead at 83
Custom Penn State jerseys: Now you can get your own custom Penn State jersey
How to Better Predict Basketball Game Outcomes
Florida dismisses Kitna amid child porn charges
Fan backs Draymond, will match fine for charity
Kirstie Alley Dead at 71 After Private Battle with Cancer
Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes taken off air amid scandal
The Boys Is Getting a Spinoff: Gen V Details
Kelly Clarkson Says Strange Man’s Showing Up at Her Home, Files Police Report
Art Basel Miami 2022 Celebrity Style, Red Carpet
Daily Media: Ludovic de Saint Sernin Takes The Reins At Ann Demeulemeester, Plus! Major Moves At KCD, Purple, And More
Best New Arrivals From Zara | December 2022
Marina Larroude & Jennifer Fisher On Their Perfect New Collab, Female Power, And F*** You Energy