Malek also directed a few words for his younger self.
“I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired mind would have been blown. That kid was struggling with his identity,” he said, adding that for anyone struggling with that, “we made a film about a gay man and an immigrant who was unapologetically himself.”
Malek added, “[It’s] proof we’re longing for stories like this. Part of my story is being written right now, and I could not be more grateful.”
Malek continued his sentiment backstage where he said, “My sister was born in Egypt. I think when I grew up as a kid, part of me felt like I had to shed some of that. I didn’t feel like I fit in. I definitely felt like the outsider. As I grew up, I realized how beautiful my heritage is … now, I am so privileged to represent it.”