Inspirational Quotes by Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Different fragrances promote different emotions, and I find that fragrance gets me in the frame of mind for that person.

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My personal style is somewhat androgynous and simple. With my lifestyle, I’ve become more of a minimalist.

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I like the collarbone, a very clean collarbone. I think there’s something also very delicate and balletic about that part of a woman’s body, and I’m not really a cleavage person, but I do like a back or a shoulder; I think there’s something very alluring about backless dresses.

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I do a lot of yoga, and when I’m in L.A., I have an outdoorsy sort of lifestyle. It’s sort of comfortable, West Coast, yoga chic.

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You have to be able to appreciate who you are.

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When I’m not working, I’m really, really low key. I don’t wear makeup unless I have to; I don’t get my hair done unless I really need to.

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Everyone says to you, ‘if you play Ophelia, you’ll end up crazy,’ but we’re all somewhere on the spectrum of mental health, and I think that if you approach it that way it’s not such an intimidating issue.

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Speaking as a mixed-race woman, there aren’t many historical stories about people like me.

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I don’t really want to just play the girlfriend or the love interest. I get so many scripts like that, and – not to moan, because I’m really fortunate – but I just look at those scripts, and my heart sinks a little bit because I think there’s so much more to us than that.

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If you’re an artist, it’s great to have a knowledge of the business and be educated about that, but you’ve got to keep the balance right between business and artistry; otherwise, you get cynical.

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The ‘Pride and Prejudice’ with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle was something I watched on a weekly basis with my mum at home in Oxfordshire.

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I didn’t really grow up on hip-hop. Ella Fitzgerald and the old school jazz divas are more my comfort zone.

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When I was nine, ‘The Borrowers’ was such a big series for me!

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This is going to sound really sad, but I didn’t really have any heartthrobs when I was growing up. I was a bit of a geek.

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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.

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Corsets were a challenge in ‘Belle;’ fake nails tripped me up in ‘Blackbird.’ Guess I’m not a mani type of girl!

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I like to choose things that fit my body for sure; you learn to find the things that complement your shape.

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In my own life, when I’m not working, I do wear a lot of black. I think I do feel very comfortable in black.

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I’m interested in playing lots of different complex women.

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I was always the one leading the way in terms of wanting to do acting, singing and dancing. 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.

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I think there are parts of myself in every character I play.

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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.

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I’ve always sung. I was really into musical theater when I was growing up. As a kid, I listened to Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, actually, on cassette tapes.

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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 I’m not working.

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The actors that inspire me are the comedians and the people able to shape-shift into different roles and into different media.

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I try not to define myself. Other people are going to do that for you anyway.

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I try not to define myself. Other people are going to do that for you anyway.

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I like being free to take on any project that inspires me and to trust that the work will speak for itself.

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I played Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ That was my first role on stage.

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I just love performing so much, and I threw myself into every musical theater production that was going in my home town and at school. And then, I went to the National Youth Music Theatre, which was really a galvanizing experience for me when I was 17.

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I was so thrilled to be in ‘Doctor Who.’ It’s such a wonderful experience, and the fan base that that show has never fails to surprise me.

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In 2009, I was living in London and getting work I enjoyed.

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I see L.A. as a workplace rather than somewhere to live. If I don’t get out, I go crazy. If you have a little success, people treat you differently, so it’s good to keep a healthy perspective. It’s acting, not rocket science.

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From the age of four, I loved ballet and tap. I was in the school band, the choir, and all my school plays.

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I feel like I learn in every project.

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I was born in the ’80s, so I don’t really remember it very strongly, but the music is so iconic. And so those artists – Madonna, Prince, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston – you still hear those songs all the time. And there’s such a distinctive style – the clothes, the shoulder pads, the big hair, the perm.

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In terms of ‘Beyond the Lights’ and ‘Belle,’ they’re definitely stories about identity. They’re female empowerment stories. So I’m exploring that through my work.

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This is what I’ve always wanted to do ever since I was a little girl. Coming from dance and theater and what was accessible to me in my hometown, it was all I did after school and on the weekends. The idea of making my hobby into my job was the ultimate quest.

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I never wanted to be like anyone growing up. It’s always been about the enjoyment, and I’ve just never wanted to imitate anyone.

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Watching and learning from the great Josette Bushell-Mingo, who was playing Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra at the time, and then to return to the same stage six months later playing a lead role, was incredible – I fell in love with the poetry and the breadth of the language so much that I didn’t want it to end.

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You’ve got to find a way to relate to people. I just did an improvised episode for Joe Swanberg’s new Netflix show, ‘Easy,’ and it was a huge learning curve for me and taught me so much about fear and courage. But when you’re present in the moment, the audience, it’s incomparable.

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I definitely grew up to Nina Simone and a lot of Ella Fitzgerald. And I loved Amy Winehouse. I loved that sort of soulful singer.

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That’s the wonderful thing about acting – you play a role. It’s about humanity, rather than labeling.

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It’s odd doing a movie, and then a year and half later having to go to a premiere and talk about what you did, and get dressed up and have your picture taken.

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I am an only child, so I relate to the intensity of that single-parent, mother-daughter relationship.

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I love to go hiking. There’s a lot of concrete in L.A., and I come from the Shires, so it’s important for me to get back in touch with nature.

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One of my favourite places is Hampstead Heath. When I first moved to London, I lived in Highgate, and I would walk on the Heath at the weekends and go to the Kenwood House coffee shop.

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For film, I think because it’s more detailed, and especially with historical material, you really have to find the right projects. Speaking as a mixed-race woman, there aren’t many historical stories about people like me. When people think of ‘dual heritage,’ they think it’s a modern concept, but really it’s not.

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Sometimes you can’t fight change, because you’re a part of it, and I feel that in the context of these films that are happening now, there is a kind of change coming in terms of how history is represented on film, and the African, and the African-American and British African experience.

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I enjoy classics, but classics are classics for a reason. I prefer to focus on the future. There are a lot of new stories to be heard.

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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.

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I spent a chunk of time in New Orleans doing the movie ‘Free State Of Jones,’ getting to work with Matthew McConaughey, and also did ‘Concussion,’ where I got to work with Will Smith.

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