Mahershala Ali is discovering the joys of fatherhood following the birth of his daughter.
Last month, his wife, Amatus Sami-Karim, gave birth to their first child, Bari Najma ― just four days before Ali’s Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor in “Moonlight.”
“We have a baby, so it’s a different kind of crazy,” he said.
“I think it changes your relationship with time. I just don’t have time to waste,” Ali continued. “You gotta be really deliberate with how you choose to spend your day because those are the moments you’re away from your child. If anything, I want to work in a more focused way and discover the right balance for my life.”
The 43-year-old Oakland native also gushed to E! News at the event about his excitement over the birth of his daughter.
“I think about her even when I’m sleeping because I know she’s laying there right with me so I have my hand on her making sure I don’t roll on her,” he said. “So I’m always conscious that she’s near me even when I’m sleeping. It’s a very present awareness that you have of the well-being of this other person.”