Stephan James is officially now a Golden Globe-nominated actor.
The 24-year-old Scarborough native awoke to the news that he had a been nominated for Best Actor in a Television Series — Drama for his performance in Amazon Prime Video’s “Homecoming”.
ET Canada’s Roz Weston spoke to James over the phone Thursday and asked how he found out about the big news.
“What morning it’s been,” he muses. “I was definitely sleeping, but you know, a couple guys from my team called me — my manager and my publicist called me, and they woke me up. And I wasn’t sure what they were screaming about, but finally I heard someone say something about a nomination, so I put two and two together and it’s just crazy.”
When asked if he had anticipated being nominated, it was clear the news came as a surprise.
“No, not at all! I don’t know, for some reason I never really — I never really even thought about it,” he explains. “But it’s a really, really cool thing. A cool way to wake up.”
The “If Beale Street Could Talk” star is just trying to take it all in.
“This has been one of my brightest days,” he reveals. “I’m just so happy to be a part of something I care about and I’m proud, and I’m excited about you know?”
One thing’s for sure, James is proud to represent his hometown on the international stage.
“Scarborough, this is for you! This is really for you,” he shares. “I’m dedicating this whole moment to my hometown… and if you’re listening, I hope you’re inspired, I hope you’re feeling the love and the energy – what an incredible, incredible time for us. Keep pushing, and let’s keep making exciting things and exciting art, and keep supporting each other.”
Roz also spoke to Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy nominee Constance Wu, who never thought she’d be recognized for her performance in “Crazy Rich Asians”.
“I’ve never seen something like this happen to another Asian American actress,” the 36-year-old explains. “When I did my show ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ like five seasons ago, there was a lot of talk around me getting nominations for like Emmys and stuff like that — but you know, it didn’t happen. And so, what that taught me is… the best way to be is just focus on the work. If something like this happens, great. But if it doesn’t, it doesn’t devalue your work at all.”