Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Dr. Kate Murry an astrophysicist in A Wrinkle In Time. When her husbands suddenly disappears she finds herself raising a family as a single parent. I had the chance to interview her last week. She is even more gorgeous in person and the room instantly lit up as soon as she entered with her beautiful smile. She greeted us with her English accent and discussed her role in the movie.
First Role as a Mom
In all of her career of acting, this is Gugu’s first time playing a mom. She doesn’t have kids either and was a bit worried about how she was going to pull it off when Ava asked her to play a mom. But just as she saw a picture of Storm, she could see herself there was a special sort of cultural significance to be ushering in the next generation in that way.
Important Message for Young Girls
She wants young girls to get the message of being authentic and having the potential inside of you when they see Gugu play a single mother in the film. She is drawn to the idea of finding your voice and who you are is enough and something that really responds to in this story especially Storm’s character growing up being bullied at school, being uncomfortable in her own skin and not sure where she fits.
The Challenge of Playing a Scientist
So being a scientist in real life is not easy and playing one in a movie can be even more challenging especially if you don’t know all the terms and such. Gugu confesses that it was a nightmare. She had to learn the scientific language and had a wonderful consultant on set named Stephon Alexander who wrote the book, The Jazz of Physics. He talked them through it so they knew what they were talking about. They also got a trip to JPL in Pasadena to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to meet real astrophysicists and rocket scientists. In the film Dr. Kate Murray is not just defined by her marriage to her husband, she’s a doctor in her own right as well as a mother, and a wife. So emphasizing that the dynamic between them was very much a meeting of minds as well as hearts and it’s great to have the chance to step into someone else’s shoes in a completely different world.
From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on
Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space,
examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s
transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing
one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
A WRINKLE IN TIME opens in theaters everywhere on March 9, 2018!
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