Lupita Nyong'o praises Taylor Swift for 'lifting her spirits'

Taylor Swift helped Lupita Nyong'o to overcome her self-doubts.

The 41-year-old actress has recalled listening to Taylor's tunes amid her mental health struggles, and the pop star actually helped to lift Lupita's spirits.

The movie star said on the latest episode of 'Hot Ones': "When I was working in London on 'Star Wars', I was going through a lot of self-doubt because it was the second thing I had done.

"I was getting a little depressed. My best friend came to London and Taylor had just released 'Shake It Off', and he played it for me to like get me into better spirits and we just jumped on my bed and we just danced and danced, and it lifted my spirits."

Taylor ultimately helped Lupita to include 'Shake It Off' - her hit single from 2014 - in the film 'Little Monsters'.

Lupita shared: "When they came and they told me, 'Aw, no, we can't get the rights,' I decided, OK, I'm going to go, I'm going to make a pitch. I'm going to let Taylor know what this song means to me.

"I told her that story about how it lifted me from an almost depression and the next thing I knew, it was cleared. I haven't actually seen her since to thank her for it."

Lupita previously revealed that she felt "so grateful" towards the pop star.

The actress told 'Entertainment Tonight': "I didn’t hear from her personally, but when I heard we got the song, I knew she heard me and I was just so grateful.

"Taylor Swift, thank you so, so, so much. I hope you see the movie and I hope you feel that I took care of your song."