Stephan James is quickly becoming an actor known for notable prestige projects. With starring roles in award season favorite If Beale Street Could Talk and Amazon’s Homecoming, the Canadian native is easily becoming a breakout star of 2018 and there is no sign of stopping for him — except for a recent stop he made at the New Hollywood Podcast.

James is not new to the Hollywood scene. He starred in various TV series starting in 2010 including the popular teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. It didn’t take long for his talent to get noticed. His resume is stacked with various film and TV roles. He starred in Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. pic Selma; played Olympian Jesse Owens in Race; starred in Gina Prince-Bythewood and and Reggie Rock Bythewood’s TV series Shots Fired, and is now getting love for his role in Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of the James Baldwin classic and starring opposite Julia Roberts in the Amazon series based on a hit podcast. Needless to say, he is in very good company.

James talked to us about how the issues tackled in his projects resonate with him and audiences as well as working with high-profile Hollywood luminaries like Jenkins, Roberts, DuVernay, and Prince-Bythewood. He also gives us a little lesson on Jamaican food.

Listen to the episode below.