12-Year-Old 'Moonlight' Actor Plans To Use His Earnings To Fund Cancer Research

12-Year-Old 'Moonlight' Actor Plans To Use His Earnings To Fund Cancer Research
@MDCPS on Twitter

The young star of Moonlight is paying it forward in the best way possible. 

In a February interview with the movie review website HeyUGuys, 12-year-old actor Alex R. Hibbert said he's putting a sizable chunk of his earnings toward cancer research.

"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," he said.

Hibbert, who made his acting debut as young Chiron (a.k.a. "Little") in the award-winning and critically acclaimed film, explained that he's always always had a passion for science: "What I wanted to do was either play football or be a scientist that cures cancer."

It wasn't until middle school when he began pursuing acting — and it helped him stay grounded.

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

Lately, Hibbert continued, the driving force behind his work has been his mother.

"I don’t work for the fame," he 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."

Keep your eye on this kid, y'all — he's going places.

You can read Hibbert's entire interview with HeyUGuys here.