TODAY | October 30, 2013
>> she stars in a movie 12 years a slave.
>> nice to see you.
>> congratulations on everything.
>> thank you very much.
>> rave reviews. your performance is unbelievable. before this movie you had never done a movie before. you were a drama student at yale.
>> how did you end up in this film?
>> well, i auditioned. my manager got the script for another client of hers and she thought i would be good for the part. so we put me on tape in new york and then i went to l.a. and auditioned and then finally in louisiana.
>> there was some very difficult scenes in this film. in fact, one in which you playing a slave are whipped. how hard is that for you to put yourself in that role?
>> i mean, it was very emotionally taxing but it was such a privilege to be able to bring that woman's story back to life and take that part of history personally. it was the best teaching tool for me and it will be that for everyone that gets to see it.
>> as you go forward, there's people describing you as break out star. winning awards. you have the golden globes and oscars coming up. do you think about that?
>> i can't. there's so much else to think about right now. i'm taking it one day at a time. every day brings new things. like standing here talking to you.
>> it will get better than this. your agents phone must be ringing constantly. what's next?
>> i don't know. i did a film "nonstop" that comes out in february and other than that, i don't know. i'm looking. definitely we have a few things that we're