12-Year-Old 'Moonlight' Star Wants To Spend Earnings On Cancer Research

12-Year-Old 'Moonlight' Star Wants To Spend Earnings On Cancer Research

by Elijah C. Watson
February 15, 2017 2:17 PM

12-Year-Old 'Moonlight' Star Wants To Spend Earnings On Cancer Research

Moonlight‘s Alex R. Hibbert wants to put his acting money towards funding 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.”

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