Interview: ‘Moonlight’ Star André Holland on Meeting the Kevins, Working With Soderbergh, and the Politics of Art
Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2017 by Angie Han
Last night, Moonlight capped off its years-long journey to the big screen by taking home Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards. For those following this year’s race, the film’s win didn’t come as a huge surprise (though the way that win was announced is another story). It topped a slew of year-end critics’ lists in December, and emerged as one of this season’s awards frontrunners in January. But it wasn’t always so clear Moonlight would catch on quite the way it did. Few of the cast or crew are what you’d call household names, though there’s a good chance you’ve seen at least some of them before.
One of the movie’s more familiar faces belongs to André Holland, who’s spent years doing everything from cinema to theater to broadcast comedy to prestige cable drama before drawing some of the best reviews of his career for his portrayal of a grown-up Kevin in Moonlight. In the weeks leading up to last week’s Oscars, I had the chance to chat with him about the film’s incredible journey, his work with Barry Jenkins and Steven Soderbergh, the role of art in today’s political landscape, and the unusual stylishness of the Moonlight cast. Read More »