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The Loving actress also revealed her favorite Oscars host

By Jodi Guglielmi
February 21, 2017 05:14 PM
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Don’t expect to catch Ruth Negga off-guard at this year’s Academy Awards.

The Loving Oscar nominee revealed her No. 1 awards-show rule while participating in PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle’s rapid-fire Q&A segment called The Cagle Exercise.

“ABP,” she said. “It’s: Always be posing.”

While it might sound like a genius solution to avoiding any awkward facial expressions or reactions, Negga, 35, admitted that it does have its downsides.

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“You can’t relax, so you don’t have a nice time because you’re always [posing],” she said while making different facial expressions. “If you’re like me, you just have to do that because otherwise, you’re completely inelegant.”

“You can come to my ABP school,” she joked.

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The actress also revealed that Chris Rock was her favorite Oscars host and that if it was socially acceptable, she would wear her “jammies” to the award ceremony.

So where will Negga keep her Oscar if she wins? Don’t worry, she’s already thought of the perfect spot.

“On your dashboard, so when you get stopped by a cop, you just go [points at Oscar], ‘Are we cool?’ ”

The Academy Awards kicks off live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26, with a 7 p.m. ET pre-show and 8:30 p.m. ceremony. See all the Oscar nominees and get your own ballot here!