Lupita Nyong'o is a Kenyan Mexican actress and filmmaker. She starred in the 2008 short film East River, directed by Marc Grey and shot in Brooklyn, New York. She returned to Kenya in 2008 and starred in the Kenyan television series Shuga. In 2009, she wrote, directed, and produced the documentary In My Genes. She subsequently enrolled in the acting program at the Yale School of Drama. Nyong'o was cast in 12 Years a Slave immediately after her graduation from Yale in 2012, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.