Theo James graced Stephen Colbert with his lovely presence on a recent episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and it was utterly delightful. On hand to promote Allegiant, the third movie in the Divergent series in which he plays the character Four, James seemed relaxed and ready to go with the Colbert flow.
The two hit it off swimmingly in the minutes long interview, during which Colbert admitted to seeing the previous movies of the series with his family. Seemingly surprised by the fact that James was British and that the accent made him "sexier" than he already was, Colbert laid on the compliments nice and thick. Not one to shy away from tooting his own horn Colbert also alluded to James and his "raw masculinity that I identify with." Aw, Stephen, you know it's true.
The best part of the interview, however, was when Colbert questioned Theo James about the courses he used to take for acting and learned that there were a few exercises he had to endure that he just didn't quite appreciate. One of his worst experiences was having to get in a "circle of love'" where each actor in the class was required to list things they loved about people they just met two days prior. James described the scenario as some people being so serious they were crying and that by the time it was his turn he just wanted to vomit.
Not one to let an opportunity to challenge one of his guests to do some acting right on the spot, Colbert invited James to try the dreaded acting exercise with him on air. Colbert began by looking into James's eyes and crooning, "Your accent feels like a warm blanket." James takes a moment and replied, "Your salt and pepper hair feels smooth like the ocean." Colbert seemed amused by the comment as James admitted, "I haven't felt it yet. I kind of copied your answer." Looking a little embarrassed, James begins to speak when Colbert interrupts him with, "We can stop there. We can stop there." Then he ended the bit with, "We'll turn the cameras off and just keep going for a while." Do I sense a little man crush here? It's okay if there is, Stephen--I totally get it.
It's not always easy to watch Colbert try to find common ground with some of his guests but this time it couldn't have been any easier. It was a fun, lighthearted interview that's sure to make Theo James more popular than ever.
Let me know in the comments below if you're a fan of James and if you thought he did a good job going toe to toe with Stephen. I thought it was great, but you are more than welcome to let me know if I'm wrong.