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Exclusive: Why GuGu Mbatha-Raw Is One To Watch

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If you don’t know the name Gugu Mbatha-Raw, you will soon. The 30-year-old British beauty is about to make a  splash with starring roles in the musical drama Blackbird and the 18th century period piece Belle. 

HipHollywood sat down with her during the junket for Belle to talk about her rising star status, but she said she wasn’t feeling any pressure. “It’s inspiring and I’m really really happy promoting a story that I’m passionate about,” said Gugu.

Directed by Amma Asante, Belle follows Gugu as Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral on a mission to find her true love and end slavery in England. The film is based on a true story, and Gugu let us in on how she finally landed the role. Check it out.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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