Mahershala Ali is causing major buzz this award season for his role in Moonlight, but this certainly isn’t his first encounter with the spotlight. Over the past few years, the 42-year-old has starred in a number of popular movies, but his acting ability is just one of the reasons he’s become our new Hollywood crush. Did you know that his birth name isn’t actually Mahershala? Or that he went to college on a basketball scholarship? Get to know the actor better with these fun facts.