Just to prove yet again that high school sort of sucks for everyone, Lupita Nyong’o shared her most mortifying teen experience on Monday night’s Late Night With Seth Meyers, about the time she got stood up for prom.
It’s a sad story: She identified a cute boy from her neighborhood and decided she wasn’t going to wait for him to ask her, so she asked him, like a fly independent woman. He said yes! She then set about designing her own dress (a red-and-yellow number, a precursor to her signature bold red-carpet style), advised her date which suit color would best complement her, and then prepared to attend the first prom her high school had ever thrown (one that she helped plan).
And after all that, she was left alone at the prom, waiting for that dumb guy to show up. He did not.
You could call it a tragedy, except that, you know, she grew up to be Lupita Nyong’o, while he grew up to be the guy who doesn’t get to brag about being “the guy who took Lupita Nyong’o to prom” on Facebook during awards season.