“Aladdin” Star Mena Massoud Lived in a Closet Just 2 Years Ago
Mena Massoud, who plays the title role in Disney’s live-action <i>Aladdin</i>, was living in a less-than-ideal situation before he was cast as the reboot’s lead. “Two years ago, I moved to Los Angeles and I was living in a closet with my friend,” Massoud told <i>Entertainment Tonight </i>at the film’s premiere on Tuesday. “I never thought I’d get to do this so quickly after moving here. So it’s been a blessing. I’m blessed.” Massoud also revealed how he dealt with living in such a small space, explaining, “You just spend a lot less time in your room, basically, because there’s not much of it. So I spent a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking.” <i>Aladdin</i> hits theaters this Friday, May 24.