Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw poses for a portrait while promoting the upcoming movie 'Beyond the Lights' in Los Angeles, California October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni


(Reuters) – After playing a mixed-race slave in this year’s duration movie “Belle,” British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw found herself tipping outside of her convenience area entering into the glitz and also beauty of the modern pop music market.

Mbatha-Raw plays Noni Jean in the film “Beyond the Lighting,” a glammed-up R&B rising superstar that bears close resemblance to numerous real-life ladies in the pop market with her sex-filled, attractive public graphic.

But independently, Noni is isolated while at the best of her game as well as struggles suicidal urges up until a young cops officer, played by Nate Parker, saves her and also offers her comfort from the glaring, invasive lights of popularity.

Ahead of “Beyond the Lights” opening in UNITED STATE movie theaters on Friday, Mbatha-Raw, 31, spoke with Reuters regarding the sexualization of females in the songs market, racial identity and also the difficulties of bringing Noni to life.Q:”Past the Lights “reverberates carefully with the battles of several real-life pop superstars. Just what does it aim to explore?A: A large part of Gina’s(Prince-Bythewood, the

director )motivation to write the piece was the idea of changing the conversation in the music sector in terms of exactly how women are cleaned right into these packaged pop princesses. We have actually viewed various, extremely public crises in the media of how that often backfires, and especially when parents become their business partners. I was merely interested about that mother-daughter dynamic, myself(

from) a solitary parent, just youngster(background), not at all from that poisonous dynamic, yet suppose? As well as exactly what’s the price of popularity? Q: Psychological wellness has been in the limelight due to some prominent malfunctions

and also fatalities. Does the motion picture notify individuals to pay even more focus on just what lags the exterior of fame?A: There was absolutely an underlying element of a sign of things to come, be

careful what you want for in terms of popularity as well as glamour, and the vacuity of all of it. Just what was so refreshing was that (the supervisor )reveals the underbelly of

the songs sector. So commonly we see these attractive divas in movies, however you do not usually constantly acquire to see the human being below everything. For me as an actress, it was great to have every one of those layers in one part-to be able to do the hair, the make-up, the beauty, yet then to be able to remove everything down.Q: Exactly how did you really feel having to use several of those provocative attire and also doing raunchy dance moves?A: I really felt sustained

by the choreography. We constructed the character. We built her physicality in addition to her dancing techniques, and also the music. It was

all a process of layering every one of those aspects with each other to develop Noni. It was definitely from my comfort area. I’m not going to exist to you, yet I certainly seemed like that was the commitment needed for this character.

Those dancing steps, those videos are absolutely nothing that you would not see if you merely went on to YouTube. It meanses factor of view, and we’ve ended up being numb to the sexualization of ladies in hip hop.Q: You played a mixed-race servant in the duration dramatization “Belle “previously this year, as well as there are

racial stress in this movie between Noni as well as her mom, that is white, in this movie

. As a mixed-race starlet, exactly what do you discover yourself being able to check out when you play out those racial tensions?A:”Past the Lights”actually is not around race. I think individuals enhance their very own social encounter, however to me it’s not a story regarding race, it’s a love tale and it’s global. What is more interesting, just what I do believe those jobs share, is the concern of identification. I think that in numerous ways is a wider term not simply for a racial identification, but likewise your relationship with yourself and your approval of on your own. I assume both Dido Belle in”Belle” and also Noni Jean in”Beyond the Lights”both battle with that they truly are in the society they’re really in.(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Modifying by Patricia Reaney and also James Dalgleish)