Monday, June 19, 2017

Mahershala Ali on the July 2017 Cover of GQ Magazine

Following his big Oscars win earlier this year, Mahershala Ali is still on a career high. The actor can also be found on the July 2017 cover of GQ magazine. On the cover which was shot by Peggy Sirota, Mahershala is wearing a MARNI shirt. In the issue, he talks America, how he gets into character, his career and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview and to see her fashion spread. For more on his feature, visit and pick up a copy on newsstand. 

Shirt by Etro, suit by Herm├Ęs, Sneakers by Vans, Bracelet by Tateossian, Watch by Tudor, Sunglasses by Tom Ford.

On how he gets into character:
I’ll find a song or two that is right for that moment and that the character really connects to. I’ll listen to that and try to stay in the thoughts of that character, try to stay in the time he’s experiencing.

On relieving pressure:
A way to relieve pressure for people? Like a kind of peace offering? I accept it as a possibility. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that’s what it is.… As long as what you’re doing as an artist is resonating with people, I’m not as concerned about if that’s convoluted or not by their own prejudices, because at the end of the day you gotta accept people on their terms.

On being on the terrorist watch list:
They would be like, ‘Yeah, your name matches the name of a terrorist. I was like, ‘What terrorist is running around with a Hebrew first name and an Arabic last name? Who’s that guy?

On America:
I think African-Americans have a very convoluted relationship with patriotism. The fact is, we essentially were the abused child. We still love the parent, but you can’t overlook the fact that we have a very convoluted relationship with the parent. I absolutely love this country, but like so many people have some real questions and concerns about how things have gone down over the years and where we’re at. And that’s from a place of love, because I want the country to be what it says it is on paper.

Jacket by Moncler, Tank top by Tom Ford, Jeans by Dolce & Gabbana, Necklace by Renvi, Watch by Tudor / Ferry Catalina Express. 

Sweatshirt by AMI Alexandre Mattiussi, Pants by Valentino, Flip-flops by Havaianas and Hat by Borsalino.

Shirt by Valentino, Pants by Etro, Sneakers by Vans & Necklace by George Frost

Credit: GQ

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