12-Year-Old 'Moonlight' Star Wants To Spend Earnings On Cancer Research
In an interview with HeyUGuys.com the 12-year-old actor spoke about his upbringing and wanting to become either a football player or scientist in hopes of discovering a cure for cancer.
“In middle school I didn’t know what to do with my life. I was a bit of a bad child, I’d always get in trouble because I had a lot of movement. But the drama program settled me down, I can use my movement for good.”
“Football is out of the question now, but scientist-wise, I’m going to take most of my money…Wait, some of my money, and build a lab, and I’m going to take the best scientists to work on curing cancer and stuff like that.”
Hibbert also discussed working with Moonlight co-star Mahershala Ali.
“Mahershala is like a dad to me, he tells me to stay humble and to stay focused on what I needed to do,” Hibbert said. “He always gives me hugs and everything.”
Moonlight has been well-received critically, with film receiving awards at a number of different ceremonies.
Ali recently received the SAG Award for Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Juan in the film. During his speech he took the time to address Donald Trump‘s controversial immigration ban.
“What I learned from Moonlight is, we see what happens when we persecute people: they fold into themselves,” Ali said. “What I was so grateful about, in having the opportunity to play Juan, was playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution from his community. Taking that opportunity to tell him that he mattered, and that he was OK, and accept him. I hope that we do a better job of that.”