Actor Trevante Rhodes attends The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosts an Official Academy screening of MOONLIGHT at MOMA on October 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences )

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Former Texas sprinter Trevante Rhodes stars in ‘Moonlight’

Posted November 9th, 2016

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Former University of Texas sprinter Trevante Rhodes returned to Austin last week to promote the movie “Moonlight,” and the American-Statesman’s Joe Gross sat down with him to talk about his acting career and what he misses most about the Capital City.

Rhodes was a sprinter on the Texas men’s track team and a member of the 400-meter relay team that placed third at the Big 12 championship in 2011. He also won a handful of 100-meter and 200-meter sprints at dual meets while he was on the team from 2008 to 2011.

Texas' Trevante Rhodes left and Texas Southern Philip Redrick, right, compete in the Mens prelims 100 Meter Dash on Friday, April 8, 2011.
Texas’ Trevante Rhodes left and Texas Southern Philip Redrick, right, compete in the Mens prelims 100 Meter Dash on Friday, April 8, 2011.

According to Rhodes, he got into acting during his second-to-last semester in college.

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“I took Intro to Theater to exhaust a degree requirement,” he told Gross.

While he was in the middle of the course, he was noticed by a casting director looking to populate a film.

“I am someone who will do anything twice,” Rhodes said. “So I took her card.” He showed it to his theater professor, who urged him to follow through.

“I went to the audition,” Rhodes said. “And I was terrible. But I knew that at some point I wanted the opportunity to be good at it.”

Rhodes misses Austin’s food and even name-called a couple of restaurants:

“Nothing’s better than Tex-Mex,” Rhodes said. “I’m in L.A., and it is not the same. We do not have Juan in a Million, which is where we would go after (track) practice on Sunday. We don’t have a Kolache Factory, either. I loved that place.”

To read the entire interview, click here.

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