People online are praising actor Mahershala Ali for appearing on his personal assistant’s TikTok, saying he seems like the “friendliest person”.
Simone Leanora (@simoneleanora) is a Los Angeles-based content creator, actress and the PA for Ali. Ali has appeared on Leanora’s TikTok a few times to help answer questions left by users in their comments. His last cameo was on their June 9 tiktok to answer the question, “Personal assistants go with you on set?”
“Another question people ask is, ‘Do you come on set if you’re a personal assistant for an actor?'” says Leanora. “And the answer varies, I think.”
“Depending on the relationship, but probably,” he says.
“And the reason is that without us, they’re literally lost and they can’t do anything,” she says. The two joke about stereotypical tasks that many believe personal assistants are burdened with, like tying actors’ shoes or holding umbrellas for them when it rains.
“No, but it’s an important relationship,” Ali clarifies. “Makes a big difference in my work. I can say that the difference between an assistant and no assistant is quite significant and as such I am very grateful to have this luxury/necessity that I feel now. It’s definitely a luxury, but it makes a difference.”
Leanora’s video with the Oscar winner has received more than 127,000 views and over 400 comments.
@simoneleanora replying to @elicoast y’all are killing me with some comments 😩🤣… keep the questions coming! Also, I was going to post that last night, my mistake. #personalassistant #personalassistantlife #answeringyourquestions #palife #onsetlife #fyp #foryoupage #mahershalaali #MadewithKAContest ♬ Original sound – Simoneleanora
In the comments, viewers said that Ali seems like “a really cool and sweet person.”
“Clear facts!!! He really is,” Leanora replied.
“He just seems like the nicest person. Just when I thought I couldn’t love him more!” Another user commented.
Others were just so surprised that he popped up on their TikTok. “I just can’t believe I’m watching him casually speaking on Tik Tok Lmao. That’s why I love this app. Thanks for doing this!” they wrote.
“He’s just… man he’s so cool! and I love your relationship lol,” commented one user.
In the caption, Leanora encouraged users to keep asking questions about what it’s like to be a personal assistant to an A-list actor. The creator answered almost all questions and promised users that she would ask them moonlight Actors to answer them in upcoming videos.
The Daily Dot contacted Leanora via email for this story.
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*Initial publication: June 15, 2022 at 5:10 pm CDT
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