Lupita Nyong'o feared winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar would be the end of her career.
The 33-year-old received the top gong at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014 for her role in 12 Years a Slave, and while she was elated, there was a shred of fear at the back of her mind over what she would do next.
"Right after the Oscars, I had no idea what I was going to do next... Zero clue," she told InStyle magazine, before revealing her concerns over the so called Oscar curse, which is usually linked to her category. "They (previous winners) go on to appear in bomb after bomb after bomb."
Thankfully her concerns were unfounded, as her career has gone from strength to strength since her win, with a role in blockbuster movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a forthcoming part in the live-action version of Disney's The Jungle Book.
Her success still catches her by surprise, as Lupita half expected to return to the life she had had before 12 Years a Slave made her a household name.
"There's a part of me that thought my life would go back to normal," she confessed. "Like at school. But it didn't. I did not get out of that unscathed, you know?"
While Lupita is overjoyed with her career, she still believes Hollywood needs to do more when it comes to diversity, especially after this year's #OscarsSoWhite controversy, which occurred after no African-Americans were nominated in any of the four major acting categories for the second year in a row.
"There is a real imbalance, from the very creation of the stories and who's telling them, how, and why," she explained. "Change has to happen with the writers, the studio, the marketers, the directors. That's got to be diversified because there is a hunger for the expansion of the role of people of color in the center of narratives."