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By Kelsie Allen Barton | Photo: Photo by Michael Blank, Styling by Wayman & Micah, Grooming by Shiyena | November 26, 2018
Hometown guy Shameik Moore gains superhero status with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
You may think you know him from the 2015 movie Dope or Netflix series The Get Down, but you’ve never seen 23-year-old Shameik Moore like this. This month, the Atlanta native takes on the groundbreaking role of voicing Afro-Latino teenager Miles Morales in the animated flick Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, alongside talents Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali and fellow Atlantan Brian Tyree Henry. Here, JEZEBEL chats with Moore about his ATL roots, dream collabs and how he’s building a career that’s iconic. @shameikmoore
Favorite Atlanta ‘hoods?
I’m from Lithonia, so I spend the majority of my time over there in my house, but I’m always on Joseph E. Lowery seeing my boys; we have a dance studio over there. I’m at Lenox [Square] sometimes; I would say once every two weeks or so I go to that area. I think if I’m going out to eat, I’m probably going out to Buckhead. That’s the closest I can get to eating out in Los Angeles or New York.
You’re a triple threat: You act, sing and dance. If you had to choose one, what would it be?
The most natural thing for me, I think, is dancing. I think writing music and singing or rapping, that’s self-expression: I’m writing about something that I truly feel, that represents me or something I’m relating to or that I experienced. I’ve been prepping all year to release my stuff after Spider-Man, so that will make more sense later. And acting is definitely keeping the lights on. It’s allowing me to reach new heights. I’m Spider-Man now because of my decision to express myself in this way.
Did you know from the moment you auditioned that Miles was a character you were meant to voice?
I want everything I do in the movie business or TV business to be iconic. Every single role that I play needs to be a situation where it’s like, it can’t be something that anybody can just be doing; it needs to be for me. I need to be able to see potential for me to make it me, and for it to last the test of time.
Who are you itching to collaborate with right now?
I would love to, at some point, do a music video with Chris Brown after establishing myself as a performer. I think that would be a major moment in my life. I would love to do a movie with Michael B. [Jordan]... and a romance movie with Zendaya. I have big goals, big ideas.
No. 1 item on your bucket list?
I want to break the rules. The key to immortality is not to be the best at following the rules; the key to immortality is to be the best at breaking them. And I think right now, there’s a mold—like, at one point, it was corny for an actor to be doing music, but I think that barrier has been slowly coming down because of Donald Glover, or Drake, or Justin Timberlake, or Miley Cyrus, or whoever else has done it. My goal is to go even deeper and to be Michael Jackson and Denzel Washington at the same time in the same body.