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    It's not often that you get a chance in one role to do the glamour bit and then strip off all the makeup and reveal the real person beneath the façade. Usually, it's either a glamorous role or a raw, emotional role.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: chance  people  real  emotional 
     
    I'm interested in playing lots of different complex women.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: women  complex 
     
    From the age of four, I loved ballet and tap. I was in the school band, the choir, and all my school plays.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: age  school 
     
    Because of my job, my hair gets played with a lot on set, so I try to give it little bit of breathing space when Im not working.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: space  job 
     
    I enjoy classics, but classics are classics for a reason.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    I'm just broadening my craft and stretching my skills a little bit in different directions.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: craft 
     
    I prefer to focus on the future. There are a lot of new stories to be heard.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: future  focus  stories 
     
    I don't really have one dish. I'm a very improvisational cook. I sort of like to make things up as I go along. I'm quite creative in the kitchen.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: creative 
     
    For me, it was all about working with an inspirational filmmaker.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    I was working in the States when Brexit was going on back home in England. I often think that maybe I got a little complacent on the situation since I wasn't physically there. That's when I realized, Wow, anything is possible.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: england 
     
    I try to put myself into whatever character I play.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: character 
     
    Because I had grown up with Jane Austen novels and period dramas, I was very familiar with that period and that world.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: world  novel 
     
    For me, after emotionally intense roles, I'd need to take a step back because then there's the promoting of the film which is another job in itself.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: job  film 
     
    The only valid starting point is to understand what we all share - we have to find what we can all agree on.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: shares 
     
    Different fragrances promote different emotions, and I find that fragrance gets me in the frame of mind for that person.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: people  emotion  mind 
     
    I was lucky that my mother had a very well-adjusted perspective of the world, and never pressured me to do anything I didn't want to do.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    As a biracial girl growing up in England, I'd never really seen any historical characters who looked like me depicted on film before that weren't being brutalized or playing slaves.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    There is the old boys' club, but there are ­people who are "conviction lobbyists" coming from the heart.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: heart  boys 
     
    I try not to limit myself. The actors that inspire me are the comedians and the people able to shape-shift into different roles and into different media. That ensures your longevity as an artist and prevents you from getting bored with yourself and, hopefully, prevents people from getting bored with you.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: people  media  inspire  artist 
     
    But when you become a slave to a public persona and don't feel comfortable without it, it becomes a shield and it shouldn't come at the expense of your self-worth.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    It is important to be conscious of the message that you're putting out there. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get a movie to the screen. I do feel a certain element of responsibility to say something worth saying with it, as well as entertainment.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    I try to define myself through my own choices rather than just accepting society's kind of you're that, you're that, let me put you in a box kind of thing.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: choice 
     
    I try not to define myself. Other people are going to do that for you anyway.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: people 
     
    I think, irrespective of your race, everybody has moments in life where they don't fit in, or where they try to puzzle through who they really are or to find the courage of their convictions.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: moment  courage  race 
     
    Don't worry about society's conditioning and the labels that are put on you by external forces. Hold onto your true self.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: self  true  worries 
     
    I was born in the '80s, so I don't really remember it very strongly, but the music is so iconic.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: music 
     
    I think all characters that we play are facets of ourselves.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: character 
     
    I'm a multi-faceted human being.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: human 
     
    I've always had an ear for languages and music so it's something I'm continually working on but it's fun.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: language  fun  music 
     
    I'm not turning my back on classical theater. It's all about opportunities and timing a lot of the time when things come up.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    I always get a little bit scared reading reviews.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: reading 
     
    I think there are parts of myself in every character I play.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: character 
     
    I like being free to take on any project that inspires me and to trust that the work will speak for itself.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: work  trust  inspire 
     
    To play Cleopatra on Broadway would just be incredible.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    At home I wear my own clothes, no makeup and don't do anything exciting with my hair. I get to borrow pretty dresses for the red carpet, and have experts do my hair and makeup.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    As an actress, I'm an emotional person.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    tags: people  emotional 
     
    I was always the one leading the way in terms of wanting to do acting, singing and dancing.
    — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
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