Mahershala Ali Covers “W Mag”
“Moonlight” star Mahershala Ali is culminating his breakout year with a magazine cover.
The actor who’s up for a Golden Globe and is receiving Oscar buzz, is featured on one of W Magazine’s Best Performances of the Year covers.
Mahershala is featured alongside Nicole Kidman and shares a bit about how he relates to his character Juan in “Moonlight.”
“Juan, my character in Moonlight, dies off-camera. The audience never learns how or why. My father died when I was 20. He lived 3,000 miles away, but we were extremely close. I didn’t miss him right away—it took me three years before I went through my mourning. In Moonlight, it’s the same with Juan: His disappearance lingers in your mind.”
He also posed for this sexy snap.
Mahershala, 42, also recently revealed that he and his wife are expecting their first child.
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Taraji P. Henson
“I’m a pretty good actress. You could say that, right? Well, to play Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who figured out a way to get NASA astronauts into space, I had to be believable as a math expert—and I failed math in college.
Precalculus looked like Chinese to me. Even with two tutors, I still failed. So God has an incredible sense of humor, because now I am playing a mathematician! Even on set, they would have a professor there to try and teach me. I said, ‘Show me what I have to write and I’ll memorize it, because I’m not gonna get it.’ Take that, math! I won: I became an actress.”
Were you a dramatic child?
Yes, I used to stand in front of the mirror and try to make myself cry. I would also try different accents. I was living in an imaginary world, usually with Michael Jackson. He was going to rescue me! I used to draw pictures of me and Michael getting married, and I would send them to his fan club. I would imagine Michael waiting for me at the gate of my school, eager to whisk me away to a happier world.
Why Michael Jackson?
I imagined myself as a Peter Pan kind of character, and Michael represented that existence. He was my guy.