Shameik Moore is feeling himself and for good reason, as the 28-year-old actor is fresh off dominating the box office with the critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
Earlier this month, the sequel to 2018's Into the Spider-Verse, which once again sees Moore voice the film's lead character, Miles Morales, scored the second-biggest opening weekend of the year, grossing $120.5 million at the domestic box office.
In an interview this week with Wesley Lowery for Ebony's June 2023 issue, Moore shed light on his newfound fame, which has given the voice actor a chance to befriend some of his childhood heroes, including Jay-Z. According to Moore, Hov compared the Spider-Verse star's confidence to none other than Kanye West.
"The first time I met Jay-Z, I went to his office building because I was meeting with someone at Roc Nation," Moore shared. "Jay-Z walked in on the meeting. He sat there, and at the end he was like, 'I only know one person with your confidence.' I asked him, 'Who?' He said 'Kanye West.'"
Moore admits that some people may view his Yeezy-esque confidence as a "bad thing."
"But only people who don’t want that life, though," he explained. "When I’m talking to Jay-Z, I don’t have to worry about that. When I’m having a conversation with A$AP Rocky, I’m not worried about him thinking I’m too confident. When I’m having a conversation with RZA — or really anybody where it’s in them and not on them, anybody who knows who they are and is confident with themself to their core — there might be a competitive spirit that comes out, but nobody is feeling that, 'Oh, he’s too confident.'”
Read Moore's full interview with Wesley Lowery here.