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Shameik Moore, star of the movie "Dope," attends a premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 8, 2015. (Photo credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP.)

Your next celebrity crush is Shameik Moore


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You might not know it yet, but your next celebrity crush is Shameik Moore. 

Dope Official Trailer #1 (2015) - Forest Whitaker, Zoë Kravitz High School Comedy HD

A 21-year-old native of suburban Atlanta, the rapper-slash-singer-slash-actor is best known for his breakthrough role of Malcolm in the 2015 coming-of-age movie "Dope."

Those in the know having been crushing hard ever since.

One fan is hoping for, or perhaps demanding, a marriage proposal from the rising star.

A third fan needed two combustible emojis to properly describe the intensity of her crush.

But how and when did Moore emerge as a phenom?

For starters, he's not the first in his family to earn fame as a musician: His dad, Errol, founded the '80s Jamaican reggae-funk band Monyaka.

You Got Served (2004) Trailer

But the younger Moore's desire to perform can be traced back to age 12, when his father introduced him to the 2004 movie "You Got Served."

As a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in 2015, Moore recalled how the highly choreographed movie helped him fall in love with both dancing and hip-hop.

"I went in there [to see 'You Got Served'], had my pants on my belly-button, and I came out saggin', I swear," Moore told Kimmel. 

As a student at the DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts, Moore took his dancing skills to club competitions before graduating to the world of hip-hop music videos.

Keri Hilson - Turnin Me On ft. Lil Wayne

In the late '00s, Moore brought his talents and swagger to music videos, including Keri Hilson's "Turnin Me On" and Soulja Boy's ubiquitous "Crank That Superman."

TV and film followed. Moore popped up in Tyler Perry's TBS comedy "House of Payne" in 2011, and the Dolly Parton-Queen Latifah flick "Joyful Noise" in 2012.

Super Annoying Guy On A Plane | Incredible Crew | Cartoon Network

And while the Nick Cannon-produced sketch comedy series "Incredible Crew" only lasted one season on Cartoon Network, Moore's energy and charisma as a cast member were undeniable.

Even when he played Super Annoying Guy On A Plane, it was all but impossible to ignore his charm.

But it was his "Dope" performance that marked his arrival as a mainstream quintuple-threat.

Indiewire called Moore a "huge star in the making" after "Dope" screened at Sundance in 2015.

Some 70,000 fans who follow Moore on Instagram would tend to agree.

Fans are also hyped about his mixtapes, including his 2012 release "I Am Da Beat," which, according to his website, has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.

Last year, Moore released the follow-up album "King SAM / 30058," with that number paying homage to his hometown ZIP code.

The Get Down | Sizzle [HD] | Netflix

Moore's musical talents will be showcased in a new way this summer, when he plays Shaolin Fantastic in Netflix's retro urban drama "The Get Down."

Backed by Baz Luhrmann, the creative force behind melodious interpretations of "Romeo + Juliet" and "The Great Gatsby," "The Get Down" could transform Moore into a superstar.

But a breakthrough role only happens once, and fans rarely forget it. That may be why Moore has made a point to thank his "Dope" director, Rick Famuyiwa, for the opportunities he has today.

After all, it's Famuyiwa who discovered Moore's audition in a stack of out-of-town video tapes. And, as Famuyiwa told The Washington Post in June 2015, the director even afforded Moore a second in-person audition after the young actor's first attempt didn't meet Famuyiwa's expectations.

In the same article, Moore said Famuyiwa "saw something in me and he believed in me, and that's something that means a lot to me."

Added Moore, "My entire life has changed."

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