'The Chi' Season 5 on Showtime: 5 interesting facts about Alex Hibbert who wishes to be like Denzel Washington

Alex Hibbert, who plays Kevin on the Showtime series 'The Chi', has received 9 awards in his short career


                            'The Chi' Season 5 on Showtime: 5 interesting facts about Alex Hibbert who wishes to be like Denzel Washington
Alex Hibbert wishes to be like Denzel Washington (Photo by Aaron J Thornton and Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Showtime drama series ‘The Chi’ ever since its first season in 2018 has been garnering massive love and accolades for its strong storyline. The show has managed to create a permanent place in the hearts of fans and audiences across the globe. The show has been applauded for its excellent representation of Black people who live in the Southern side of California with an emphasis on their daily struggles.

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Emmy award-winning director Lena Waithe has done an amazing work on showcasing the real-life struggles and personal battles all the main characters constantly keep going through and how they've evolved in the past four seasons. ‘The Chi’ Season 5 made its comeback on screens on June 26, 2022.

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Alex Hibbert plays the character of Kevin Williams in ‘The Chi’ Season 5. In the entire four seasons so far, we’ve seen the emotional upheavals in Kevin’s journey wherein he loses his father followed by the irreparable loss of a father figure to the moment when he finally shot someone; to sum it up his character has been through all the highs and lows within the series and now in season five, audiences are slowly uncovering how there is still more to come.

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Hibbert essays the role of Kevin Williams. According to Showtime, his character Kevin has been described as a "good kid from a loving household, Kevin just wants to have fun with his friends and flirt with cute girls. But it's easy to find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time on the south side, and in an instant, Kevin finds himself in serious trouble.”

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5 Lesser known and interesting facts about Alex Hibbert

1. ‘Moonlight’ film was his official debut in Hollywood

Not many know this but Oscar-winning film ‘Moonlight’ was Alex's official debut film in the industry. He had been an ordinary performing arts school student in Miami until he went ahead and auditioned for this role of young Chiron on the insistence of his teacher Tanisha Cidel, who played the character of a principal in the critically acclaimed film.

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2.  He thinks of his ‘Moonlight’ co-actor Mahershala Ali as his second father

According to an old New York Times interview, whilst talking about his debut, Alex praised his co-star Mahershala Ali by saying, “Mahershala taught me a lot of tips about facials.” Calling him his second father and raving about the star, he said, “He was all like, just think about the moment that is going on.”

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3. He has already been nominated for about thirteen awards out of which he has won nine

The 17-year-old has received 13 award nominations so far out of which he has won nine, including Best Ensemble Performance at the 2016 Gotham Awards, Robert Altman Award at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Best Cast Ensemble at the 2016 Awards Circuit Community Awards, Boston Society of Film Critics’ Awards 2016 for best ensemble cast, Central Ohio Film Critics Association awards 2017 for best ensemble cast, Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle Awards 2017 for best ensemble cast, Gold Derby Awards 2017 for best ensemble cast for 'Moonlight'. He has been a Nevada Film Critics Society awards 2016 winner for Best Youth Performance, and won Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 2016 for Best Performance by a Youth.

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For ‘Moonlight’, he has also been nominated at Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards 2016 for Youth in Film, New Mexico Film Critics awards 2016 for Best Young Actor/Actress, Online Film & Television Association awards 2017 for Best Youth Performance, Seattle Film Critics Society awards 2016 for Best Youth Performance and Young Artist Awards 2017 for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Teen Actor, Black Reel Awards 2017 for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male.

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For ‘The Chi’, he has been nominated for Image Awards (NAACP) consecutively three times - in 2022 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, In 2021 for Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series) and in 2019 for Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series), Young Artist Awards 2021 for Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Artist, BET Awards 2020 for Young stars award.

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4. Alex wishes to have a career like Denzel Washington and also wants to act in ‘Walking Dead’ series

In an old New York Times interview, Alex opened up on how he wanted to have an illustrious career like Denzel Washington and wants to act in more action films. Also opening up on how he wants to be on the ‘Walking Dead’ series and more, Alex had said, “I want to be on The Walking Dead. I need to talk to my managers about that.”

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5. He wishes to be a scientist that cures cancer

In an interview with Hey U Guys dating back to February 2017, Alex opened up on how he wants to become a scientist and cure cancer. He said, “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.”

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