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‘Star Wars’: Lupita Nyong’o Didn’t Realize She Auditioned For ‘Force Awakens’

Lupita Nyong’o wasn’t aware that she’d auditioned for a part in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” until director J.J. Abrams called her a few months afterward to offer her the role.

“I didn’t really know what I was auditioning for,” the actress revealed Tuesday during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Nyong’o committed to the audition with the vague premise that it was for a role in an Abrams-directed film. The audition — during which she read from a substitute script — occurred in 2014, fresh off the actress’ Oscar win for  “12 Years a Slave,” so her schedule was hectic.

“I guess I thought I should find work, you know?” Nyong’o joked to Degeneres. “I was so busy, I was working with adrenaline so I went in and out. I barely remember that audition, and then two months later [Abrams] called me.”

She added, “I remember crouching around and using my hands as a gun.”

The call, of course, was to offer the actress the role of CGI character Maz Kanata, a goggle-donning pirate, in the latest “Star Wars” installment, which hosted its world premiere event Monday night in Hollywood.

To portray Maz Kanata, Nyong’o needed to wear full motion-capture gear during filming, requiring an application process that took between 45 minutes and two and a half hours, the actress explained.

The highly-teased seventh installment in the franchise, which also stars Harrison Ford, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and many others, hits theaters Dec. 18.

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