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My Conversations With Two of 2013's Rising Film Stars: Somali-born Actor Barkhad Abdi and Kenyan Actress Lupita Nyong'o

01/14/2014 05:22 pm ET | Updated Mar 16, 2014
  • Tavis Smiley PBS talk show host, PRI radio host, NYT bestselling author

Tonight on PBS, I sit down with actors Barkhad Abdi and Lupita Nyong'o. Two years ago, Abdi was picked from an open casting call to co-star with Tom Hanks in the film Captain Phillips. His debut screen appearance garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. Nyong'o has won numerous honors for her feature acting debut as Patsey in the critically acclaimed film, 12 Years a Slave, including SAG and Golden Globe nominations.

In the clip below, Abdi talks about the nerve-racking circumstances during which he first met the venerable Tom Hanks.

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