The Photograph, starring Lakeith Stanfield and Issa Rae, hits theaters on Valentine's Day. For those not in tune with matters of Valentine's, that means it arrives tomorrow. In promotion of the Stella Meghie-directed romantic drama, Stanfield stopped by Ebro in the Morning on Thursday to discuss his latest project, as well as touch on Atlanta and the genius of Donald Glover.
"Atlanta's my favorite set to work on," Lakeith told the Ebro team around seven minutes into the interview. "Everyone there feels like family. It's a bit of a coveted situation where we are all sort of in one thought, walking together, and we don't really let outside things come in and break up and shake up what we're doing. And we believe in it and we feel like we're doing something new and trailblazing."
Elsewhere, Stanfield was asked about working with Donald Glover, specifically in reference to being able to collaborate with someone who’s operating at such a high level of creativity.
"I think there are many, many, many people who are genius but some people that are allowed to tap into it or know how to tap into it, and some people who don't," he explained. "And some people allow themselves the space to tap into it. He's just tapped into it. And once you tap into it, you gotta stay the course and realize that your genius is going to cause things to shake up and people ain't gonna understand you. But you just gotta keep walking the line and that's what he’s done." He arrived at the conclusion that "his genius ain't no surprise to me."
Lakeith also discussed the classic Teddy Perkins episode of Atlanta, his issues with media responsibility, the upcoming Fred Hampton movie, and more. Catch the full interview up top.
As it stands now, the third and fourth seasons of Atlanta are both set to air on FX next year.