BWIH honoree Gugu Mbatha-Raw describes her work as an artist and her love of being in the comforts of home.Hi, we're here with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, thank you so much for being here, and congratulations on winning the Essence Breakthrough of the Year Award. A year ago, did you imagine that you would be here? No, I don't know, I mean, no one has a crystal ball, it's, it's such an honor to be here and you know, I remember the event being very. Emotional and positive and encouraging. So it's, it's such an honor to, to be here and being honored. Do you consider yourself an artist or an actress, and why? [LAUGH] Hopefully both. I mean, I think that, you know, obviously, acting is what I do, but I I aspire to make art. So, you know, it's not always possible and sometimes you have to, you know, do things for practical reasons. And, but I think that, yeah, I think, I hope we, we, all actors aspire to be artists, you know. You don't always get the most exciting material, but when you do, it is a very special thing. After you finish a project, what is the first thing you do? If I can, I try and take a holiday. [LAUGH] It's not always practical. I like to go home, I like to see my family, I like to see my parents, I like to get back to where I grew up and get out in the countryside, and you know, just take a step back and and have a moment just to let the dust settle, I think. Because you know, it depends on the work but sometimes it can be quite intense. Sometimes you're doing crazy hours, you're away from home, that your whole body clock gets confused and, and so so sometimes it's just nice to kinda be able to, to completely decompress. [MUSIC]

Feb, 20, 2015