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 home crossfit workout with a kettlebell that sculpts a superhero body.)
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.)