Song of the Day #2,644: ‘Masterpiece’ – Gugu Mbatha-Raw (as Noni)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

My second freebie list entry (though these are in no particular order) is Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the English actress who broke out in 2014 with excellent performances in the underrated films Belle and Beyond the Lights. Mbatha-Raw is back this holiday season playing the wife of Will Smith’s character in Concussion, a film about the NFL’s coverup of serious medical issues.

Mbatha-Raw first caught my attention in 2010 when she starred in J.J. Abrams’ short-lived series Undercovers, about a married couple retired from the CIA who are called back into service as undercover agents. Her male co-star was the handsome, chiseled Boris Kodjoe, which made Undercovers a treat for both me and my wife.

Mbatha-Raw then fell off my radar until last year’s reemergence in that pair of critically-lauded films. She’s not only drop-dead gorgeous but has a vulnerability and gravity that really sets her apart.

Those qualities aren’t front and center in this clip, a fake music video from Beyond the Lights. Apart from the bookends, where you see pop star Noni’s reluctance to continue playing this sexed-up role, this is a faithful recreation of your typical Rihanna-like music video.

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,644: ‘Masterpiece’ – Gugu Mbatha-Raw (as Noni)

  1. Dana says:

    She’s not on my radar screen at all, though I will look our for her in Concussion as I am interested in seeing that movie.

  2. Peg says:

    I know her from Belle, thought she was wonderful and so beautiful; she looks so different with blonde hair, don’t like it

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