Hollywood turned out Wednesday night for the Los Angeles premiere of Gina Prince-Bythewood’s new film Beyond the Lights. HipHollywood spoke with the Love & Basketball director about her latest work which explores the dark side of music industry and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Danny Glover, MGK and Minnie Driver.
“I was sitting at the Alicia Keyes concert and she was singing “Diary” and suddenly this character started playing in my head,” explained Prince-Bythewood. “It’s just the story of a singer who is pushed into an inauthentic personae and the hypersexuality, and what that was doing to her soul.”
To play this young girl and mega pop star, Prince-Bythewood turned to British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw who had to go through some rigorous training at the hands of choreographer extraordinaire Laurieanne Gibson.
“Laurieanne is a force of nature, and she was full on, and it was a pretty intense process,” laughed Gugu. “I have to say though that I’m really thankful to her because that’s what the character would have been through.”
But while Gugu was singing Gibson’s praises, everyone on the carpet couldn’t stop talking about her and how she’s one to watch. Check it out.
Beyond The Lights is in theaters November 14.