: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times
A year after the 'Moonlight' Oscar win, Trevante Rhodes is standing '12 Strong'
By Tre'vell Anderson
On Feb. 26, it seemed like Trevante Rhodes’ heart stopped for a moment.
After embracing his costar Mahershala Ali when it was announced that “Moonlight” — not “La La Land” — had won the best picture Oscar, he grabbed his chest in disbelief. Stumbling past Isabelle Huppert and Shirley MacLaine, who both were visibly shocked, he hugged a similarly stunned Jaden Piner and emotional Ashton Sanders. Rhodes then regained control of himself, helped escort Naomie Harris and Janelle Monae up the stage stairs and walked into a phase of his career every budding actor dreams of.
Trevante: 'The car was moving [before ‘Moonlight’], but I was in the 10 miles per hour lane, which is fine because I’m moving and I’m appreciative,' he said. 'But for so many reasons, this movie put me in the fast lane. Doing ‘Moonlight’ has informed everything that I think about this industry and the people I get to work with, the conversations I get to have and hopefully who I get to impact.'
'Moonlight didn’t just change the work, it changed everything.'
◆On that note, you are a sex symbol.
Trevante: I do not understand that.
◆What do you mean? Last year you bared almost all for Calvin Klein, and your photo is now the background on people's cellphones. Some were saying you were a better choice for “Sexiest Man Alive” than Blake Shelton.
Trevante: You have certain people who are emphatic about you, which is amazing. But you can’t let that get to you. I appreciate all of it, to everybody tuning in, but I don’t pay attention to all of that.
◆Are you sure?
Trevante: In high school, I was the guy on the track team running really fast who’d run at the pace of the other guy, look at him and take off past him. But then you get whooped. So, you’re never the best at anything — it’s just valuable to keep that mental.
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Nothing like preparing for a long paddle into the lineup. Isn't it funny how the best things in life are worth working for?