Lupita Nyong’o has been on quite the roller coaster ride of late. From winning an Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave, to starring in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The actress opened up about her experience on Star Wars with EW, during last week’s D23 Expo. Nyong’o plays pirate Maz Kanata.

To be able to have that experience and the continuation of Han Solo, and Luke, and Leia’s journey is really a blessing, to be able to play a small part in that,

You can check out the interview in the video below!

About Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Starring original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and franchise newcomers, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and Max von Sydow, Star Wars Episode VII is set to be released on December 18th, 2015.