Lupita Nyong’o Dazzles in Sequins at the L.A. Premiere of The Jungle Book
If casual red carpet dressing is a thing, then InStyle April cover beauty Lupita Nyong’o slayed the game Monday evening at the L.A. premiere of her latest flick, The Jungle Book. The 33-year-old star made all eyes focus on her the moment she arrived in a custom neon green J.Crew tee with a deep-V design and a gold sequined skirt with slit pleats. The gems on her standout necklace paired well with her glossy pinkish lip and orange-toned eye shadow, which gave us serious Disney-approved vibes.
For the laid back affair—a faux rainforest canopy stretched atop the carpet, which shut down a chunk of busy Hollywood Blvd. to make for an easy entrance into El Capitan Theatre—Nyong’o later kept it cool and threw on a cropped denim jacket as she posed with co-stars Ritesh Rajan (below, left), Sir Ben Kingsley(below, right), and 12-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi (below, center right), who portrays the iconic Mowgli.
The premiere rapidly turned into a wild night for A-list moms and dads, too. Grey’s Anatomy actor Jason George, who arrived with his three children, told InStyle his love for the original film’s song “Bare Necessities” was only one of the things that drew him to the Disney remake. “My kids are half-Indian,” he said, adding, “It was important for me to bring them back to this and let them see a kid that looks like them.”
Meanwhile, Angie Harmon, who stunned in a sleek black Stella McCartney suit and spiked Gucci heels, left her kids at home for a girls’ movie night out with pal Yvette Nicole Brown. “They are so mad,” she told us with a laugh. “I told them I was vetting it. They were like, 'Really, mom?' I was like 'Yeah. That’s a lie, I am going without you, I apologize.'”
Harmon was having a blast before she even stepped inside of the premiere, telling Brown to snap a photo of her with Kingsley in the background on the red carpet. “He’s one of the reasons that I’m here,” she told us. “When I first moved out on my own, my first cat, I named him Mowgli… so, it’s a big, big staple of my childhood.”
Rachel Roy, who rocked a Dolce & Gabbana blazer to the event, was also on hand with her two daughters, telling InStyle she was excited to the see the film and for the festivities after the screening. “Disney premieres are always fun,” she said. “There’s usually activities beforehand, and this time they’re after.”
And Roy had good reason to look forward to it. The after-party was jam-packed with plenty of things to keep kids (and adults) entertained. Guests made Jungle Book GIFs, as well as videos of themselves walking with lovable bear character Baloo; there was also a Jungle Book video game playing station, and arts and crafts stations where kids made things like “Red Flower Towers.”
As the Busy Bee Jazz Band performed for the crowd, Nyong’o made her way inside with her brother, Peter. While she took her seat and chatted with friends, her pal David Oyelowo caught up with a different group nearby.
There was also plenty of grub to go around, with guests munching on a buffet filled with food like fried chicken over basmati rice, and beef and roasted cauliflower, as well as food stations serving everything from churros to turkey legs. Looks like a wild good time was had by all at the family-friendly premiere.