Quote: "I won, I'm good! It's been a real blessed time... It's been wonderful." Moonlight star Mahershala Ali already feels like a winner after becoming a first-time dad just days before the Oscars, where he is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. His wife, Amatus Sami-Karim, gave birth to a daughter named Bari Najma Ali on Wednesday (24Feb17).
Quote: "I was borderline depressed for years. There was a sadness over me, a melancholy. That's always been a part of me - those are some of the things that lead you to the arts. It's something I still think about, not that it brings me sadness at this point; it's a void or fracture that happened so early that now I have to address it in the healthiest way." Oscar hopeful Mahershala Ali has had the blues for years.
Quote: "That's been my proudest moment - getting ready to be a dad in a month and a half. And then after, definitely anything and all things Moonlight... Between those things with work and what's happened more recently in my personal life, I think those two things make this year extraordinary and special." Mahershala Ali tells Entertainment Tonight he feels blessed to be expecting his first child with his wife Amatus Sami-Karim while his Hollywood star continues to rise. The House of Cards actor won the Best Supporting Actor honour for Moonlight at Sunday's (11Dec16) Critics' Choice Awards, while the drama also helped him land his first Golden Globes nomination on Monday (12Dec16) for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
Fact: HOUSE OF CARDS star Mahershala Ali has joined the cast of Marvel's upcoming LUKE CAGE series as the title character's foe, New York nightclub owner Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes. The Good Wife's Mike Colter will portray superhero Cage, who received superhuman strength during experiments he participated in while serving time behind bars. Rosario Dawson, Alfre Woodard, Theo Rossi and Simone Messick will also star in the new show, which will air on streaming service Netflix next year (16).