The 21-year-old Moonlight star opened up to the glossy about playing the 16-year-old Chiron and more.
On labels: “Labels are so outdated. I am about to go in right now. People carry around all these social masks to fit in. “he black, white, Latino [communities] all do it. But Chiron didn’t have the energy to put anything on—he was drained because of his circumstances at home.”
On finding a place in the Amazing Grace Conservatory, a program that seeks to empower young people of color through the performing arts: “It changed my life. Yo, that—to be around artists and people who would accept my odd quirks—that made me into who I am.”
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