Stephan James’ year has been a creatively gratifying one, as he received great notices for his work in the Amazon Prime Video series Homecoming and filmmaker Barry Jenkins’ (Moonlight) latest film If Beale Street Could Talk. Based on the James Baldwin novel, If Beale Street Could Talk is a 1970s, Harlem set story about Tish (KiKi Layne), a pregnant woman who is trying her best to free her boyfriend Fonny (Stephan James) from prison. Fonny has been wrongly accused of rape, but even against seemingly impenetrable odds the couple do whatever it takes to make it through intact.
In the audio clip below, James discusses the deep love that is shared between Tish and Fonny in If Beale Street Could Talk.
If Beale Street Could Talk, now playing in select theaters, opens nationwide December 25.