Mahershala Ali Covers GQ, Says His Islamic Faith Makes Him A Better Actor
Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali, who celebrated his first Father’s Day, covers GQ magazine and shares how his Islamic faith makes him a better actor.
Mahershala Ali is having the best year ever!
The 43-year-old actor scooped his first Oscar for his role in Moonlight, he welcomed his first child, and now he’s gracing GQ magazine looking like a summertime snack.
Inside the issue, Mahershala shares how his Islamic faith makes him a better actor.
He converted to Islam in 1999, after attending a mosque with his future wife. His faith, he says, has helped him become a better actor: “It benefits me from the standpoint of really creating empathy for these characters that I try to embody, other human beings with issues as deep and personal as my own. Because of Islam, I am acutely aware that I am a work in progress.” The daily practice of the religion, he says, “puts a healthy pressure on you to be your best self, beginning with your own spirit and how that feeds into your actions.”
Mahershala also celebrated his first Father’s Day on Sunday.
He shared this beautiful photo of himself and his baby girl, Bari.