FROM SCARBOROUGH TO HOLLYWOOD AND BACK: 2 STAR BROTHERS PROMOTE HOMEGROWN TALENT

'We have a responsibility': Shamier Anderson and Stephan James want to give back

Canadian actors Shamier Anderson, left, and brother Stephan James are using their influence to mentor young Canadian talent, particularly people of colour. (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

Stephan James and brother Shamier Anderson are working with some of Hollywood’s biggest talent — think Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman — but they haven’t forgotten their roots up north.

“We have a responsibility,” said Anderson. “A black man coming from this country and being an actor working worldwide, I got to make sure that I keep striving for the best so I can continue to inspire other individuals … making my family and my country proud.”

James, 25, and Anderson, 28, grew up in the Toronto borough of Scarborough. They credit their mother, a single parent, with believing in their acting skills and giving them roots. Anderson ventured into acting in 2010 and James followed soon after. Since then, the gigs have been steadily rolling in for both.

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