*EUR On The Scene associate Fahnia Thomas found what the craziest thing ‘Beyond The Lights‘ star Gugu Mbatha-Raw has done for love.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw: Nothing really… most of my romantic moments have been on scene. When you have a script and excellent writing … real life seems a little less romantic!

Beyond The LightsEUR: What sets this dramatic love story apart from other films?

Gugu Mbatha-Raw: It’s very contemporary … it’s about our world now. While it’s set in the music industry and reveals the human side beneath, the pop prince diva, it offers a new female perspective because the film was written and directed by female. It’s very empowering and uplifting for women.

Beyond The LightsEUR: There is a really influential scene in the bathroom with your character and her hair…What can you share about that, without giving too much away?

Gugu Mbatha-Raw: For the character it is a very powerful moment of her reclaiming herself. Subconsciously we make beauty choices that we don’t even realize are damaging. For myself I’ve never worn a purple weave in reality, but I understood the symbolic significance of it. It was really fun to take that knife and start hacking away at the hair, I’d been in hair and makeup for an hour just to put it in.

Beyond The LightsEUR: What was it like working with leading man Nate Parker?

Gugu Mbatha-Raw: Nate is such a lovely guy and such a professional. He is very grounded and somewhat like his character. He has a strong sense of integrity and is very principled. It was really fun working with him. Gina Prince-Bythewood (Director/Writer) set us up on this improvised date in our characters and sent us off to lunch. We acted in character the whole time and she even high jacked us with paparazzi!

‘Beyond The Lights’ hits theaters November 14th. Be sure to mark your calendars you don’t want to miss this film!