If you look at Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s acting career, it takes a while for a pattern to emerge. She first gained attention at 22 as Juliet opposite Andrew Garfield’s Romeo at the renowned Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. In the criminally overlooked romantic drama Beyond the Lights, by Gina Prince-Bythewood (who made the infamous Love & Basketball over a decade ago), Mbatha-Raw played a struggling pop star. Her “sleeper hit” Belle tells the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, an illegitimate biracial woman brought up as an orphaned member of her father’s aristocratic family. And in her upcoming Oscar bid, Free State of Jones, she stars alongside Matthew McConaughey as a slave fighting for her freedom.
What all these parts have in common: They’re nuanced and ambitious, roles for someone who’s not content to just be the girlfriend or the wife. She talked with the Cut about forging her own path, making it in Hollywood, and what she’s most grateful for. [Source]
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Gugu attending the ‘Free State of Jones’ Premiere in Los Angeles.
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I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Gugu attending the ‘Free State of Jones’ photocall with her co-stars Mahershala Ali, & Matthew McConaughey. Gugu is wearing a Rodarte FW16 dress.
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Gugu attending the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala yesterday. She looked amazing in a white Gabriela Hearst dress, who was also her date to the gala.
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Gugu attending the 2016 White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner and the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair Cocktail Reception after it.
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Gugu attending the 2016 Garden Brunch in Washington, DC.
Sorry for the delay everyone as I had some problems with the site access. I’ve updated the gallery with the latest shoots and scans that featured Gugu.