Mockingjay: Part 1& 2 actor Mahershala Ali is named among TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019.
Ali’s profile is written by actress Octavia Spencer. An excerpt follows below:
Mahershala Ali has been captivating audiences for years, so the fact that he’s recently been lauded with the highest honors our industry bestows is not surprising. I’ve had the opportunity to work with him twice: once as an actor, the other as a producer. I didn’t have any scenes with him in Hidden Figures, but I was such a fan that I went to the set to watch him work with Taraji P. Henson. He didn’t disappoint. As an artist, I’d always regarded him as a skillful tactician, but seeing the choices he has employed in real time felt like an acting clinic. His Colonel Jim Johnson had a quiet resolve, a soulful yet bold quality that allowed his humanity and dignity to shine through.
Others on the list include Jacinda Ardern, BTS, Emilia Clarke, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Brie Larson, Hasan Minhaj, Naomi Osaka, and more. Check out the full list here.