Mahershala Ali has become Hollywood royalty over the last few years, and his latest appearance on the cover of GQ only solidifies that fact.
Presenting GQ's latest cover star: Mahershala Ali https://t.co/t3xSkMcGLd pic.twitter.com/UOEX7IMgmp
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) June 19, 2017
The 43-year-old actor looks incredible in the magazine’s latest photo spread, posing on a beach in tropical shirts. The cover is particularly notable as Ali is a black, Muslim man gracing the front page of the American issue.
Our American issue has a black Muslim cover star… ✊ https://t.co/obuacNK7Ym
— Mark Anthony Green (@Mark_A_Green) June 19, 2017
As interviewer Carvell Wallace describes him, Ali “looks in real life the way old MGM movies made leading men look on screen,” adding that he is “vivid and dashing.”
We couldn’t agree more. We don’t want to look away from Ali’s gloriousness, and neither does Twitter:
good morning to literally no one else but mahershalalhashbaz ali and this hamburger pic.twitter.com/o9JpfIOWiX
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) June 19, 2017
it's just not even fair honestly pic.twitter.com/DcHlbqbmDa
— Hannah Giorgis (@ethiopienne) June 19, 2017
Why are you like this Mahershala? WHY?!!! #MCM pic.twitter.com/GK8c1BQ2mL
— Rebecca Theodore (@FilmFatale_NYC) June 19, 2017
We do not deserve Mahershala Ali. https://t.co/6xuWdYW83P
— Katie Hegarty (@HegartyKatie) June 19, 2017
excuse me while I update my desktop wallpaper on every device https://t.co/bxDaK37A8i
— Crooked Lauren (@lrnlrsn) June 19, 2017
Fact: Mahershala Ali's smile is the Eighth Wonder of the World. via @GQMagazine pic.twitter.com/nYAQuYP5BW
— Michael Blackmon (@blackmon) June 19, 2017
Mahershala Ali living his best life in the newest GQ issue pic.twitter.com/Zugeabdl4I
— Muna Mane (@LadyOnTheMuna2) June 19, 2017
This man should be on the cover of every magazine please and thank you https://t.co/FC29pRrNUe
— kristina monllos (@kristinamonllos) June 19, 2017
Give this man all the great movie roles. https://t.co/FZ888D2HDI
— Marina Fang (@marinafang) June 19, 2017
#MahershalaAli on the cover of GQ is proof God is real, God is good and God is merciful. Amen? Amen.
— Golding (@GoldingGirl617) June 19, 2017
In the profile, Ali is described as a “performer who hustled his whole life to make a living for himself,” taking on roles that can be best be identified as the “Kindly Black Dude Who Helps a White Guy in Trouble.” But with his recent success as a key player on shows like “House of Cards” and “Luke Cage,” followed by an Oscar win for his standout performance in “Moonlight,” Ali is no longer that “dude.”
GQ also touched on Mahershala’s real name (who knew Mahershala wasn’t his real name??): Mahershalalhashbaz, a Hebrew name that is the longest in the Old Testament, which translates to “Hurry to the spoils!”
Additionally, Ali told GQ about his conversion to Islam ― ”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” ― and what it’s like being a black man in modern America ― “I think African-Americans have a very convoluted relationship with patriotism. The fact is, we essentially were the abused child. We still love the parent, but you can’t overlook the fact that we have a very convoluted relationship with the parent.”
You can read the entire piece and see photos of Mahershala Ali over at GQ.