Lupita Nyong’o Doing Animal Impressions Will Be Your New Favorite Thing

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If you thought Tina Fey imitating Elmo was the only entertaining impressions video you’d see today, think again. Lupita Nyong’o stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote the new Star Wars movie, and she was charming as ever. Ellen once again did that thing she does where she uses some kind of Jedi mind trick (#topical) to make her celebrity guests do the most embarrassing things on national television. This time it was a round of Heads Up, the app Ellen created that she plugs approximately every five minutes.

It’s a good thing the game is so fun, or else I’d be sick of hearing about it. Ellen and Lupita play a sort of animal-themed charades, in which Lupita is challenged to imitate various animals as fast as she can for Ellen to guess. If you thought this was entertaining when Emma Thompson did it a couple of years ago, just you wait. Lupita starts the game by taking off her shoes, so you know she’s not planning to half-ass it. And she doesn’t. She’s a total pro. She’s got both the movements and the sounds down pat. I’d cast her as any of those animals, and she’d probably win an Oscar for it.

Well, except for maybe the seal. Lupita freezes up a bit when she sees it on the screen, and then she just proceeds to shout “AAAAAH!” I honestly couldn’t tell if she thought that was a seal sound or if she was just expressing her frustration over the prompt. Either way, Ellen had no idea what the hell she was doing. If I were in Lupita’s place, I would have just started singing “Kiss From a Rose.” But it’s okay. Seven out of eight ain’t bad, especially when your prize is getting to continue to be Lupita Nyong’o for the rest of your life. #Score