After an incredible performance as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, everyone seems to be talking about the acting chops of Rami Malek. For years, he was best known for his incredible talent on the small screen, starring on shows like HBO's The Pacific and Mr Robot.
However, now that he's the face of a box office hit, he's finally been getting the recognition he truly deserves and has even won an Oscar!
Yes, he must be riding high at the moment, since he's current flavour of the month. But this week, an old famous classmate of his managed to take the wind out from under him by sharing a fairly embarrassing picture of him from way back during his high school days. Seriously; you'll want to see this. It seems as though Rami looked completely different as a schoolboy.
The O.C. star Rachel Bilson took to Instagram after finding an old picture of her and Rami sharing a hug during their teen years. The picture shows the two of them embracing genially during their time together as students at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.
Amazingly, the two celebrity actors were friends with Kirsten Dunst at the time too, and Malek even admitted that he once had a bit of a crush on her. Bilson captioned the post: "Hey @ramimalek where’d you get that gold chain? #tbt #oscarworthy #dontforgetthelittlepeople. [sic]"
Suffice to say, fans of Malek went into cuteness overload at the sight of the snap, and took to social media to comment on the pic.
One Instagram user wrote "OMG you looked so cute with the wavy hair and red lipstick," while another added: "You guys just love to keep ageing in reverse, huh?" Some fans were of the opinion that Rami had really grown into himself since his teenage years, with one person writing: "If this is Rami Malek he got better looking as he matured."
In a recent interview with British newspaper The Guardian, Malek opened up about his high school years, stating: "I definitely felt that culturally I came from a different background than 95 per cent of the kids I was around. We were speaking Arabic at home. There was a feeling of being inherently different.
"And I don’t know whether that feeling is something you create for yourself – it was definitely reflected in people’s actions towards you – but it was there, and it’s something that you fight against until you accept what a beautiful and powerful thing it is to have this history and this tradition running through your genes, you know."
Personally, I'm really happy that Rami is getting the recognition he's so long deserved. I can't wait to see what's in store for him next.