Meanwhile, you may have seen Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the short-lived J. Abrams series , but you've never seen her like this.
As the troubled Noni Jean, the British actress bares it all emotionally against not just Parker but Noni's calculating mother (played by Minnie Driver), and all with a little help from the everlasting tunes of Nina Simone.
"Beyond the Lights" also stars Minnie Driver and Danny Glover, and opens in theaters November 14.
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You approach it with the best intentions, but sometimes it can get out of hand.
You want so desperately for your child to have a life better than yours that you micro-manage.
It was such “an extraordinary adventure” that offers since have seemed underwhelming, she confesses.
“I’ve been doing films and TV, but theatre-wise, nothing else had come along that felt like it could top that … ”Nell Gwynn might be a fascinating character with a cracking life story – but Mbatha-Raw was also rather taken with the woman writing it.
Mbatha-Raw was equally appreciative of the unexpected rehearsal.