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Interview: Surface’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Oliver Jackson-Cohen

by Leora Heilbronn

We have long admired and even revered Gugu Mbatha-Raw (she is a UN Goodwill Ambassador, how could we not?!), but strangely enough we had yet to have the pleasure of speaking with the talented multi-hyphenate, who is now executive producing her first ever project, the show for which we happen to be interviewing her for, the suspenseful Apple TV+ thriller in which she also stars, the twisty Surface. Of course, we have admired her recent diverse work as well, which includes her award-worthy performance in The Morning Show on Apple TV+, as well as in Loki, and another very recent thriller, The Girl Before.

During our junket video interview, Mbatha-Raw was paired with her co-star, fellow U.K. performer Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who we spoke previously for his shocking performance in Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House. Of course we had to tell him that we loved his haunting performance in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter. Speaking of female-driven projects, the work that both of these talented stars are doing in the Hello Sunshine-produced and female-led Surface is astounding. Oliver Jackson-Cohen is quietly menacing as James, Sophie (Mbatha-Raw)’s controlling husband. After Sophie wakes up from a coma, she finds that her perfect life wasn’t what she thought it was and that the suspicion for her near drowning immediately goes to her husband as well as to her best friend (in a surprising dramatic turn from comedian Ari Graynor). We highly recommend that you sit down, perhaps with a glass of wine, and watch Surface with a loved one, but aim to not be too suspicious of them at every twist and turn.

See more of the vivacious Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Oliver Jackson-Cohen below:

New episodes of Surface are released every Friday on Apple TV+

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