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Feature: Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Stylist Magazine!

14 March 2018
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As the entertainment director of Stylist, it’s easy for me to say someone is an important name to know. Someone you should commit to memory and follow their career path because what they are doing is versatile, skilled and barrier-breaking. It’s not often the Queen agrees with me (to my chagrin). But this time the Queen does agree with me, recently awarding Gugu Mbatha-Raw – that aforementioned name to know – with an MBE for services to the arts, an honour she received a few weeks ago at Buckingham Palace: the royal seal of approval in its purest form.

Mbatha-Raw, 34, is an actor who has been working hard for years, gradually increasing her profile, proving and improving her talents. It’s interesting that 2018, a momentous year for women, is the year that she will be catapulted into the big time with her ability to command whichever screen she is on. I suspect it’s also of note that she’s an actor who has largely worked with female directors on her biggest roles (except 2016’s sublime Black Mirror series three episode San Junipero), including her breakout role in 2014’s Belle, directed by Amma Asante, and Beyond The Lights by Gina Prince-Bythewood the same year, which both centre on women who want – need – their voices to be heard in very different confines. [More at source]

Photos: SXSW “Fast Color” Premiere

11 March 2018
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I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Gugu attending the premiere of her new movie “Fast Color” that premiered in SXSW to an amazing reaction.


Feature: Gugu Mbatha-Raw for British Vogue!

09 March 2018
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Gugu is on the cover of the April issue of British Vogue! She looks amazing photographed by Mikael Jansson and styled by senior contributing fashion editor Kate Phelan, with hair by Eugene Souleiman and make-up by Hannah Murray, the portrait of Mbatha-Raw wearing Valentino, marks Gugu’s Vogue debate. Check out the photos and digital scans and maek sure to watch the video (under a read more cut because it autoplays).


Digital Scans > April 2018 – British Vogue
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Feature: Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Bustle!

08 March 2018
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For most people, Friday, Feb. 16 was a relatively normal day, if a slightly busier one than usual. The night before, Black Panther hit theaters to much fanfare, and many of us were gearing up for a sunnier-than-normal winter weekend. But for Wrinkle in Time actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Feb. 16 had a special meaning. It was the day she decided that after years of standing back and watching everyone else speak up, she wouldn’t — she couldn’t — stay quiet any longer.

“With everything that’s going on in the world, I felt galvanized and inspired by Time’s Up, and I was starting to question whether I was using my voice as efficiently as I could,” she tells me, when we speak shortly after she joined Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook in one fell swoop. “I think as an actress, I’ve always believed maybe an old-fashioned idea that mystique was valuable and all of that stuff in terms of your career and acting,” she continues. “But I just couldn’t deny that what was going on in the world, with the women’s movement especially… it’s better to contribute than shy away and stay silent.”

As one of Hollywood’s most prolific yet enigmatic actors, Mbatha-Raw has spent her career disappearing — into roles, into costumes, seemingly into thin air the moment she’s done promoting a project. Despite her near-constant presence on-screen (in the last five weeks alone, she’s starred in three new movies), fans know little about who she actually is. What she likes, what she believes, what she wants to share with the world have all been a mystery. As her lack of social media showed, there’s long been a thick, impenetrable veil between the actor’s performances and her personal life. [More at source]

Feature: Gugu Mbatha-Raw for the NY Post!

08 March 2018
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On the dreariest, drizzliest of winter days, Gugu Mbatha-Raw — bundled in a cozy ochre sweater and practical wellies — ducks into a Cobble Hill cafe. As she sits down, the clouds momentarily part, revealing a fleeting patch of blue sky. It’s a fitting entrance for the ebullient actress, whose smart British lilt melts easily into laughter — often at her own expense.

“An Emmy fell on my foot,” she confides to Alexa, flashing back to this year’s ceremony, where her buzzy “San Junipero” episode of the Netflix hit “Black Mirror”won two awards, including Outstanding TV Movie. “My foot instantly turned blue. I put an ice pack on it and then took my shoes off and danced — you have to!”

She lets out a conspiratorial giggle, then clarifies that the statuette belonged to the show’s producers. “I don’t have an actual Emmy, but I now have an Emmy scar. I’ll have that forever.”

Mbatha-Raw, 34, also has a full plate of projects. Up next is the big-budget “A Wrinkle in Time,” headlined by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. In the Disney film, out Thursday, Mbatha-Raw plays Dr. Kate Murry, a physicist whose daughter embarks on a quest through space and time to save her father. [more at source]


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Photos: “A Wrinkle In Time” New York Screening

08 March 2018
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I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Gugu attending the New York screening of a “A Wrinkle Time” that was hosted by O Magazine. Check out the photos in the gallery.


Feature: Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Refinery29

01 March 2018
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In Hollywood, Black female actresses have been typecast since the beginning. There’s the sassy sidekick, the around-the-way girl, and of course, the mammie, usually found in a period drama set during slavery or the Civil Rights era. It’s a dynamic that’s only recently started to change, thanks to a renaissance in Black television (Shondaland shows, Insecure, Atlanta) and social media movements like #OscarsSoWhite calling out a lack of diversity in film.

But somehow, during a period when the entertainment industry failed to support both people of color and women, Gugu Mbatha-Raw has quietly been breaking barriers for years. She’s a Black woman who managed to escape the expected archetypes, a chameleon who has played everyone from the lead officer on a space mission to a bisexual beachtown party girl to an animated feather duster. A veteran of British television and theater, Mbatha-Raw broke into Hollywood in 2013 as the shy, mixed-race 18th century hero of the movie Belle, and became known for her poised and powerful performances.

Since then, she’s starred in nearly a dozen major movies. But it’s 2018 that is finally the year of Gugu: Before the end of March, she will have starred in four films — including Disney’s big-budget, Ava Duvernay-directed adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time.

“I guess you could call this my ‘moment,’ but that doesn’t seem fair, because I’ve worked really hard my entire career!” Mbatha-Raw says slowly. She has a habit of taking a few beats to thoughtfully consider her responses before answering. “As an actor, you have power over your performance, but no power over the distribution or timetable. So it just so happens this is all coming out at the same time. But I guess I should embrace the ride!” [More at source]

Coverage: “A Wrinkle in Time” Press Conference

01 March 2018
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A couple of days ago, Gugu attended “A Wrinkle in Time” press conference in Hollywood. Gugu was alongside actors Levi Miller, Rowan Blanchard, Deric McCabe, Zach Galifianakis, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid, Chris Pine, Director Ava Duvernay, Screenwriter Jennifer Lee and moderator Tanika Ray.

You can watch the whole press conference below. Some pictures has been uploaded in our gallery.


Photos: “A Wrinkle in Time” World Premiere

01 March 2018
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A few days ago, Gugu and her A Wrinkle of Time attended the world premiere of the movie in Los Angeles. Gugu looked beautiful in a Vionnet dress. I just wish her hair team would do something more natural with it as she has gorgeous hair. I’ve updated the gallery with over 200 photos of Gugu at the premiere.


Photos: Gugu Mbatha-Raw attends BAFTA Weekend

22 February 2018
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Hey everyone,

Gugu was in London last week where she attended a few BAFTA related events including the 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) on Sunday. Let’s break down the weekend and Gugu’s outfits where she was styled by Cristina Ehrlich.

For the BAFTA nominee party, Gugu wore a beautiful floral Giorgio Armani Spring 2018 dress.

On Sunday, Gugu attended the BAFTA award show where she presented with Orlando Bloom. She was wearing a vintage Cardinali embellished gown.