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    Lupita Nyong'o Explains How Taylor Swift's Music Helped Her During Hard Times

    "I was just in a funk."

    While promoting her new movie Little Monsters at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday, Lupita Nyong'o opened up about her special connection to a Taylor Swift hit song.

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    "I was going through a hard time professionally," Lupita said, according to the New York Post. "And I was just in a funk. I was working abroad, and my best friend came to cheer me up."

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    "He played ‘Shake It Off’ on his phone, and we just had a dance party in my bedroom.”

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    The song continued to play a role in the 35-year-old Oscar winner's life, so she found a way to incorporate in her latest project.

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    “It meant a lot to me that this film had that [song]. And so when I heard that they were having a hard time [getting the rights]."

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    "I wrote Taylor Swift myself and asked her, and told her that story. And she said yes!"

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    What a cute story! Who said music doesn't bring people together?