Stephan James on Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood issue

Stephan James is on the Variety‘s Power of Young Hollywood issue, out now. Here’s what the actor had to tell about 25-year-old If Beale Street Could Talk…

On staying present and his quickly rising fame:: “I believe I’m learning to be more present. You often have to think to recognize the room you’re in when there’s so much occurring around you.

I consider being in or somewhere in a hotel space in Paris or London, getting a deep breath and being like, ‘ Wow. What a journey! ‘ I live my hopes out. Manifest these stuff literally, and people see and appreciate it.

On inclusive representation in Hollywood: “It would be accurate to claim that we have created improvements. Probably there would be a lie to say we’re totally there. There’s certainly been a ton of progress in elevating variety, and that’s not just with people of colour but also with females.”

On his shy demeanor: “I’m pretty reclusive, so I don’t put my personal life out there.”

On studying criminal forensic psychology at Toronto’s Jarvis Collegiate Institute: “I’ve always been to why criminals are doing what they’re doing. Now with my profession, perhaps one day I can just perform a forensic psychologist. Any directors casting out there?”

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