Disney provided hotel and transportation for me to attend the Wrinkle In Time Press Junket and Red Carpet Event.
When 25 bloggers get in a room with great minds that are changing the world we have to ask the best questions of these inspiring people. This was true when we interviewed Oprah, Reese and Mindy, This was true when we interviewed Storm Reid, when we interviewed Ava DuVernay (which I can’t want to share with you). And it’s also true of Gugu Mbatha-Raw who among all these women was quite inspired and proud of being part of the Wrinkle In Time movie.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw has quite an acting rap sheet already. She has been in Dr. Who, Beauty and the Beast, and Concussion and in all the things she never played a mother. So when Ava asked her to be Meg Murry’s mom in Wrinkle in Time she wasn’t sure she could pull it off. However, once she saw Storm and all the things that Storm was going to represent to all the little girls watching Wrinkle In Time she knew she could do it. She felt like it was her job to create a solid family unit for Meg, but mostly she seemed that it was the significance that she would be part of ushering in a special sort of cultural significance to the next generations.
“You know I really wanted to be a part of this game changing moment really in the industry. I could feel that this, the way that she was going to cast this film, the fact that it’s historically significant that she’s even directing this film you know as a woman of color. And for me I wanted to be a part of that girl gang. I wanted to be celebrating you know what this means culturally. So yeah, I wanted to be a part of the gang.”
“I think the idea that who you are is enough is something that I really respond to in this story especially Storm’s character growing up being bullied at school, being uncomfortable in her own skin, not sure where she fits. Those are definitely themes that are in many stories that I’m attracted to.
And I think you know the idea of being authentic to who you are that you don’t have to find validation from your career or from you know the music industry, from any external forces. I think that you have all the potential inside of you. And that’s something I think I would love young people to feel and learn and understand.”
Surprising fact about Gugu is that she did not enjoy reading as a child. In fact, she would start acting to put off her reading homework, and she finds it ironic now that her job is basically reading, she reads scripts. She is glad that her mother kept with it and made her read.
If you have been reading our other interviews, or my Wrinkle In Time Movie review, you’ll know that there are so many amazing quotes in Wrinkle in Time. Of course we wanted to know what her favorite quote was and she said it was when Oprah’s character Mrs. Which says to Storm’s character Meg,
“all you have to do is find the right frequency and be who you are”
Then she went on to say it’s a genius quote, it’s the “key to life”.
“Find your purpose, Find the thing that sets you alight and you know your frequency, your vibe and then just do that, do you, be authentic.”
I mean that’s the key to being a successful blogger too. It’s the way to just be successful in life. If there is one thing I want to teach my children is to march to the beat of their own drum and so far they do. I really find Wrinkle In Time to be one of the most inspiring movies I’ve seen in a long time.