Archive for the ‘Gallery Update’ Category
  December 17, 2019
  Posted by Mouza
  Gallery Update, Interview, Photoshoot

If it seems like you’re seeing Gugu Mbatha-Raw everywhere lately, it isn’t your imagination. This past fall, the actress was on the promotional trail for not just one but two acting projects, which, in the perfect confluence of events, were both released on the same day, November 1.

In Motherless Brooklyn, directed by Edward Norton, she plays Laura, an activist lawyer in 1950s New York City, in an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s detective novel. The film, which stars Norton, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe, was shot in Harlem and has a jazzy, noir sensibility that Mbatha-Raw was eager to sink her teeth into. “It’s a genre that is so cool and isn’t often done,” she says.

The actress related to the contemporary themes of the film and the strong role, which Norton added for her. “Laura is an activist in her community; she’s not your typical 1950s housewife or heroine,” she says. “She’s so layered and a real underdog.” You may remember the 36-year-old Royal Academy of Dramatic Art–trained English actress from the short-lived J.J. Abrams television series Undercovers and the British sci-fi series Black Mirror, but she broke into film five years ago in the period independent movie Belle and played a pop star in Beyond the Lights. And now she’s made the jump into the big leagues with these starring roles.

Her other project, Apple TV+’s first series, The Morning Show, has no shortage of huge stars, either, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. It was Mbatha-Raw’s second time working with Witherspoon in a female-led project. (They briefly worked together in 2018’s A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay.)

“It’s so special to work with Reese on this show,” Mbatha-Raw says. “I’m so impressed by what she’s built with her production company and what an amazing group of actors she’s assembled. She’s such a generous artist and is leading the way in terms of female storytelling.”

The actress was in the midst of shooting Misbehaviour (a film that follows the 1970 Miss World pageant in London, which saw the crowning of the first black winner) and jumped right into filming Apple’s television show-within-a-show in New York City. She did, however, have time to jet to Aniston’s cast party, held at her Los Angeles home before they began filming, and bonded with English costar Bel Powley on set. The show, in which she plays Hannah, a booker for a popular morning TV show, focuses on the drama between the anchors and crew behind the scenes, with a #MeToo plotline. “It’s so relatable for our time,” she says. “It really gets under the skin of that conversation.” Her Hannah is ruthless, ambitious, and disciplined. “I really enjoyed exploring the cost of ambition and the wear and tear of the New York media world. Hannah has such an interesting dramatic arc.” [More at Source]

  November 16, 2019
  Posted by Mouza
  Gallery Update, Interview, Photoshoot

After introductions, we chat briefly about her latest projects and she starts laughing at my cellphone. But in a nice way. “Do you need me to call Apple for you?” she teases.

See, my phone doesn’t look like a grown-up’s cellphone. It looks like someone took a rock hammer to its upper-right-hand corner, shattering the glass and exposing a mysterious chunk of metal that I pretend is a battery but seems potentially dangerous. Cracks, like crooked sunbeams, cascade down my screen from there, and little dead spots, like burn marks, have recently appeared all over it. My phone doesn’t just look injured; it looks sickly.

“Do I need to sort this out?” she asks.

She probably could, too. After all, she’s basically an employee of Apple these days. Her latest project—or one of her latest projects, actually—is The Morning Show, an original 10-episode series for the tech giant’s new streaming service, Apple TV+. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell, it takes people inside and behind the scenes of a Good Morning America-type talk show. In it, Mbatha-Raw’s character works as the show’s celebrity wrangler. But with Apple being Apple, she says she can’t explain much more than that.

But the character really is more than she seems. “She has a lot of secrets,” says Mbatha-Raw. “What I like about it is that it has a strong point of view and [tackles] the post-#MeToo era in the media landscape. Plus, it’s America’s sweethearts together in one show. I knew it was going to be amazing and have something to say.”

She can talk a little bit more about Motherless Brooklyn, the Edward Norton passion project about a private detective with Tourette’s syndrome (which can make sneaking around a little tough). It’s a kind of spiritual adaptation of a Jonathan Lethem novel, which is handy for Mbatha-Raw since her character isn’t in the book. “My character comes up as this Woman in Blue that Norton’s detective character is following. She was born in Harlem and grew up in the jazz club owned by her dad. And she works for the community against racial discrimination in housing. She has a law degree. Suddenly she has these layers to her—she’s not just a femme fatale. She has a purpose. She is much more than meets the eye.” [More at Source]

  October 22, 2019
  Posted by Mouza
  Gallery Update, Interview, Public Appearances, Video

Gugu, Edward and Alex stopped by Build Studios in New York to talk about the upcoming release of ‘Motherless Brooklyn’. Check out the video below and make sure to head to the gallery for the photo coverage.

 

  October 11, 2019
  Posted by Mouza
  Gallery Update, Interview, Public Appearances, Video

Gugu and Edward made an appearance on Good Morning America earlier today to talk about ‘Motherless Brooklyn’. Check out the video below and head to the gallery for the photos.


  September 08, 2019
  Posted by Mouza
  Gallery Update, Public Appearances

Gugu was out and about in Toronto yesterday where she attended the HFPA & THR party then headed to the EW Must List Party. Check out the photos in the gallery.

2019 > 07 September – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association And The Hollywood Reporter Party
2019 > 07 September – Entertainment Weekly’s ‘The Must List’ party

  June 05, 2019
  Posted by Mouza
  Gallery Update, Public Appearances

I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Gugu attending the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Preview Party. She’s dressed in a fluffy Erdem dress.

 
  February 21, 2019
  Posted by Mouza
  Gallery Update, Public Appearances

Gugu was out, again!!!!, yesterday as she attended the Variety x Armani Makeup Artistry Dinner in Los Angeles.

   

  February 20, 2019
  Posted by Mouza
  Gallery Update, Public Appearances

Gugu was out yesterday attending 19 February – EMILY’s List 2nd Annual Pre-Oscars Event in Los Angeles. I’ve updated the gallery with photos of her posing on the red carpet of the event.

   

  October 08, 2018
  Posted by Mouza
  Digital Scans, Gallery Update

Gugu is one of multiple celeberties featured in the book The Endings. From the publishers website:

Featuring some of today’s most beloved actors, these piercing photographic vignettes capture female characters in the throes of powerful emotional transformations. Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg and art director Jessica Ennis collected stories of heartbreak, relationship endings, and new beginnings—fictional but often inspired by real life—and set out to convey the raw emotions that are exposed in those most vulnerable of states. Collaborating with celebrated stars, Cronenberg and Ennis developed each character, built her world, and then photographed as she lived the role before the camera. The resulting collection is a bold look at the experience of losing or leaving love and will speak to anyone who appreciates art, photography, and the strength of facing emotional depths head-on.

A friend was able to order the book and managed to send us scans of Gugu’s pages and I’ve updated the gallery with copies of them.

   

  September 03, 2018
  Posted by Mouza
  Gallery Update, Public Appearances

Gugu was out ttending the Women’s Tales photo call held during the 2018 Venice Film Festival on Sunday (September 2) in Venice, Italy. The Women’s Tales are a series of female-directed shorts, presented by Miu Miu, that explore life through the female eye. Gugu was wearing a beautiful Miu Miu star dress. Check out the photos in the gallery.