“I think what I have learned from working on Moonlight, you see what happens when you persecute people, and they fold into themselves,” Ali said, “What I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play Juan, was playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community and taking that opportunity to uplift him and tell him he mattered, that he was okay. And accept him. I hope that we do a better job of that.”
He then got personal:
My mother is an ordained minister. I’m a Muslim. She didn't do backflips when I called her and told her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, we put things to the side and I was able to see her. She is able to see me. We love each other.
Wow. Talk about an out-of-touch Hollywood elite.