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The 12-year-old star of Oscar-nominated ‘Moonlight’ vows to build a cancer research laboratory with his earnings


GIVING BACK: Alex R. Hibbert

THE 12-YEAR-OLD star of Oscar-nominated film, Moonlight, has vowed to build a cancer research laboratory with his earnings.

Alex R. Hibbert, who landed the role of the young Chiron (a.k.a. “Little”) after an open audition, has revealed he decided to give up his footballing dreams and his ambition to become a scientist in favour of his break-out role in the critically acclaimed picture.

He told HeyUGuys: “Football is out of the question now, but scientist-wise, I’m going to take most of my money… wait, some of my money, and build a lab.

“And I’m going to take the best scientists to work on curing cancer and stuff like that.”

“In middle school I didn’t know what to do with my life,”Alex revealed.

“I was a bit of a bad child, I’d always get in trouble because I had a lot of movement. But the drama program settled me down, I can use my movement for good.”

Moonlight, drama about an African-American boy’s odyssey to manhood, has earned eight Oscar nominations, including best picture — but apparently, he’s not letting the spotlight go to his head.

“I don’t work for the fame,” Hibbert said. “I just work for my mom. I grind for my mom. Everything I do, everything I pursue is for my mom, and I’m doing this for her so she can retire. I don’t really care about the fame that much. I just wanna help my mom and help other people that need help.”


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