General consensus says you have to be bad to be great. Beyond the Lights (Relativity) is flipping that theory on its head and makes the good girl the victor. The message here: authenticity wins.
While Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s character (Noni Jean) goes Ri-Ri for max star power, she doesn’t find inner peace until she literally does her. Who is she? Think Corinne Bailey Rae with a hit song about birds being free. Sounds like a bad afterschool special but its far from it. The accomplished UK actor, who studied at London’s Academy of Dramatic Arts, takes enough champagne bottles to the head while dealing with a textbook stage mom and rapper boyfriend (MGK) to keep things interesting.
Living her life on 10 she decides bringing it down to 0 (read: suicide) is a viable option to escape the fast life. A friendly neighborhood cop played by Nate Parker comes to her rescue. Who says the police are nowhere to be found when you need them.
With the movie opening in a week (November 14), Gugu and MGK sat with VIBE to discuss their varying perspectives and experiences with music and film.