Lupita Nyongo ''needed'' to learn to pole dance.

The 'Black Panther' actress was inspired to try out the skill after visiting a ''fancy'' New York strip club with a male friend and being amazed by the ''sexy'' dancers' skills.

She recalled of the dancers: ''It was incredible and sexy, and I thought, I need to learn how to do that.''

The 34-year-old actress loves to try out new hobbies and activities and doesn't get upset if she isn't very good at them because it takes her back to the carefree attitude of childhood.

She said: ''That's why I like to try new things, like pole-dancing...I value not being good at things, because children are not good at things.''

Lupita had a great time working with her castmates to get in shape for 'Black Panther' because her co-star Chadwick Boseman enlisted a live drummer to play for them.

She told the new issue of America's Vogue magazine: ''Chadwick had a live drummer come in as we worked out, and it was so cool - it changes your sense of internal rhythm. My character fights with anything: guns, spears, ring blades, shoes, glass.''

The 'Queen of Katwe' star tries not to worry about being pigeonholed as an actress and just makes the best of the opportunities she has.

She said: ''I got such a head start in this industry that it is not in my best interest to look for struggle. That's such a powerless place for me to think about: what is working against me. I don't think of what I don't have; I think of what I do, and use that to get the next thing. It's a finite reservoir, so it's important that I safeguard it with my life.''