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My interview with ‘Moonlight’ star Trevante Rhodes

Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes was a dazzling presence when he walked into a crowded back room at The Pikey in Hollywood over the weekend.

He was at the popular Sunset Boulevard bar and eatery to accept several awards from the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association for the film.

I’m a member of this 175-member group and we also voted him the winner of our Rising Star of the Year.

Before the proceedings were underway, The 27-year-old actor chatted with me about how much his life has changed since Moonlight was released last October in the US.

‘It’s been just the most amazing life moments,’ he said. ‘Getting an opportunity to be a part of something that I love, that other people are loving – and it’s widespread. I’m kind of afraid of what life is going to be after. That’s how amazing this moment is.’

Rhodes is being recognized more in public now as the film becomes more widely seen.

‘Everywhere I go now it’s amazing,’ he said. ‘It’s unique because it’s so much love. I’m really low-key and like to fly under the radar so I always have hoodies and stuff on but it’s for something that I love so it’s incredible.’

Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Rhodes plays the character as an adult coming to terms with his sexuality and with his mother who is a recovering drug addict.

Rhodes ‘absolutely’ knew the script by director Barry Jenkins was amazing the moment he read it.

‘It was the best script I’d ever read. I’d never read anything like that – so vibrant,’ he said.

‘It spoke to me in a way that I’d never felt before. This was just something that made me want to be. I felt that in reading the script I could embody this person like nothing else.’

Moonlight has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. It won Best Picture-Drama at last month’s Golden Globe Awards and last Sunday (19 February) won the prestigious Writers Guild of America Award for screenplay.

While the musical La La Land has been touted as the favorite to take home the Best Picture prize at the Oscars on Sunday, Rhodes is hoping for some more Moonlight glory.

‘I want it to win because I think that would just further the ideology of everybody in life right now – that would show us what we really are. It’s a kind of film that we haven’t seen done before.’

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