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British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars alongside Keanu Reeves and Renee Zellweger in new film

NEW FILM: Gugu Mbatha-Raw

NEW FILM: Gugu Mbatha-Raw

BRITISH ACTRESS Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars alongside Hollywood heavyweights Keanu Reeves and Rene Zellweger in new Thriller, The Whole Truth.

Gugu plays a character called Janelle, a new colleague to Keanu’s defence attorney Richard Ramsay, after he gets the son of his widowed friend (Renee Zellweger) acquitted of murdering his father.

Janelle, a young lawyer, tries to dig deeper and find out what really happened that day.

She begins to realise that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover.

On becoming an actress, the 33-year-old, who starred in 2013’s Belle, told Nymag.com that it’s “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.”

She added: “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.”

And how much does race play in the stories she chooses to tell?
“In being a biracial woman, I think that some roles like Belle were written for that, but there’s so many levels of humanity that I can explore. I will always be a biracial woman every day that I get up in the morning, that’s who I am — but that won’t ever prevent me from exploring other people and cultures in my work.”

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