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Lupita Nyong'o says her own mother inspired her performance in 'The Jungle Book'

"She's my example and she's a very good mother," says the Oscar-winning actress.

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Karen Butler
Cast member Lupita Nyong'o attends the premiere of the motion picture fantasy The Jungle Book at the El Capitan Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on April 4, 2016. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Cast member Lupita Nyong'o attends the premiere of the motion picture fantasy "The Jungle Book" at the El Capitan Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on April 4, 2016. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, April 10 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o says she looked to her real-life mother when creating her nurturing and protective wolf character Raksha for the re-imagining of Disney's classic cartoon movie The Jungle Book.

"I think my mother had a lot to do with what inspired me," Nyong'o acknowledged at a recent California press conference.

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"She's my example and she's a very good mother and, yeah, I asked myself a lot of questions about what it would be like to lose one of my own. Although I am not a mother myself, I do love children. When I was 12, I preferred to stay indoors and babysit my cousins rather than go outside and play, so there is that part of me that is very much alive. I gravitate towards children. My mother definitely was someone who inspired me."

Also lending their voices to the live-action film's photorealistic, CGI animals are Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito. The Jungle Book is set for release Friday.

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