The actor was just 21 when the Oscar-winning film induced him a superstar. He talks about dealing here bullies and racism, and why inferno never become too Hollywood
Talk about an emotional rollercoaster, humankind. Ashton Sanders is taking a well-deserved shatter during a year that has transformed him from an unknown 21 -year-old to the superstar of an Oscar-winning movie. Hes perched on a sofa in a studio on the west side of Chicago, where he is filming his next programme, kitted out in an all-black ensemble complete with leather coat and movie-star tints that he keeps on throughout our interview. His terms are interspersed with coughing, symptomatic of an exhausting schedule.
He has hardly had time to register the effect of his powerful performance in Barry Jenkins much-lauded best painting winner Moonlight, a soulful triptych narration that analyzes three key intervals in the life of Chiron, a black gay humankind in Miami struggling with his sexuality, played by three performers of varying ages. In the middle part, Sanders portrays Chirons teenage years with understated power, winning him the kinds of plaudits for which most established performers wait times. In the New Yorker, Hilton Als wrote that his performance was like ensure Montgomery Clift act for the first time.
It was Sanders first major role( his previous credits consist of well-received yet little-seen western The Retrieval and a tiny part in Straight Outta Compton ), and six weeks after the movies Academy glory, he remains in surprise. As do the rest of service industries, still reeling after the staggering accident that realized hot favourite La La Land incorrectly named the nighttimes big winner before Moonlight was rightfully crowned. I think we were all really stunned in that minute, Sanders says. This type of material simply doesnt happen. Its never happened before, so it was definitely 0 to 100 really fast.