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Wonderland interviews Moonlight star Ashton Sanders about breaking into the mainstream

in Celebrity

Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Moonlight is the coming-of-age tale of a young man growing up in Miami.

The movie tells the story of Chiron, a quiet child, different from the other kids at school. There’s something about the way he walks, the way he talks, that has others guessing before he does, in an environment where being gay is not an option.

Three actors play the lead role at different stages of the character’s life. Alex Hibbert plays Little, a young boy. Trevante Rhodes portrays Black, a grown man. Between them, Ashton Sanders is Chiron, a mid-adolescent.

Ashton tells Wonderland that the movie changed his life.

One thing that Moonlight taught me is to always be and love yourself. Chiron was a beautiful soul — so vulnerable. It’s a scary thing to be too vulnerable. We are trained to walk around like… Like, when you put on a social mask to become somebody that you’re not to accommodate society or certain people, it diminishes spirit. Be authentic.

You can read the full interview in the Spring issue of Wonderland Magazine or on their website.

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