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The gorgeous and uber-talented Gugu Mbatha-Raw is slaying on the cover of Elle. For the november issue, Elle is honoring some of the most talented names in film for their 2014 ‘Women In Hollywood Issue.’ In addition to Gugu Mbatha-Raw — honorees Jessica Lange, Elizabeth Banks, Zoe Saldana, Tina Fey, Brie Larson and Annette Bening also featured. Check out a snippet from Gugu Mbatha-Raw profile/feature below.

On her role in Beyond the Lights:

“One of the things that drew me to the project was the relationship between mother and daughter— that ‘mom-ager’ dynamic—because I grew up with a single mom, though my dad has definitely been in my life a lot. But my mom couldn’t be more different from Minnie Driver’s character. I was the pushy child, the one who wanted to be doing ballet and jazz and tap and everything.”

On if she’s had a moment where she thought to herself, Wow, I’m going to make it:

“It’s funny—I never feel like, ‘Oh, wow, I’ve made it.’ I’m interested in the journey. I’m interested in the adventure of working with different people, and I guess as soon as you sit on your laurels and can go, ‘Well, aren’t I great?’—that’s just the beginning of the end.”

ELLE’s November issue will hit newsstands October 21st. Click through our gallery to check out the photos from the shoot!

Photo Credits: Paola Kudacki/Elle

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