She completed a six-week boot camp before filming.

By Renee Cherry
January 31, 2018
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Training to star in a superhero movie is just as hard-core as it sounds. Actors usually have a short period of time before filming starts to buckle down and whip themselves into superhuman shape. Lupita Nyong'o's preparation for her role as Nakia in Marvel's hotly anticipated Black Panther is no exception. At the movie's premiere, Nyong'o shared that transforming into her character Nakia for the film was no walk in the park.

"[Taking on the role] was intense," she told E! News. "It meant I had to get into particularly good shape for it, to be able to do the stunts that they were requiring me to do." The training centered around gaining "strength, stamina, and flexibility," she added. (Get in on the action with this high-intensity workout that sculpts a superhero body.)

Nyong'o previously told The Hollywood Reporter that her training entailed a six-week boot camp in Atlanta prior to shooting, starting with four hours a day, then two hours a day. "We would have warm-ups together, then break off and do our individual techniques," she said. "Nakia is a street fighter, so I had jujitsu and capoeira and ring blades." (Here are more badass celebs who will inspire you to take up martial arts.)

Going all in, boot-camp style, wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but Nyong'o told E! she "loved the physical challenge." (Likewise, Emma Stone developed a love of lifting when she trained for Battle of the Sexes.)