Jonathan Majors got emotional during an interview on The Tamron Hall Show when his former drama instructor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts made a surprise appearance. Ashley Gates Jansen, who taught Majors during his freshman year, heaped praise onto the rising star. In particular, she praised the actor for his “passion” and “devotion.”

“Jonathan is a warrior, and he is a poet,” she said. “I am so proud of you. It is such a dream for me, a dream come true, watching your dreams come true.” From there, Majors began tearing up “I love you. I’m happy to see you.”

The Cast Of “Creed III”

(L-R) Actor Jonathan Majors, actress Tessa Thompson, and actor-director-producer Michael B. Jordan arrive for the Los Angeles premiere of Creed III at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, on February 27, 2023. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

The interview comes after the release of Majors’ newest box office hit, Creed III. In the film, he plays Damian, a childhood friend of Michael B. Jordan’s titular character and a former boxing prodigy in his own right. Majors reflected on the journey he’s been on to get to this point during a conversation with IndieWire’s Screen Talk podcast, last week. “I invested in these things,” he shared. “The artists and filmmakers that made these movies invested years, sometimes, into the two hours and 15 minutes that you see—I’m not saying be nice. I’m just saying understand that it’s a real transaction that’s happening when you put pen to paper.”

Over the weekend, Creed III brought in over $100 million at the global box office, making for the most successful opening for a sports film ever. The film is Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut as well as the first film in the franchise that doesn’t star Sylvester Stallone. The legendary Rocky actor is still credited as a producer on the project as is the first film’s director, Ryan Coogler. It also stars Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, and more. The film was boosted by a soundtrack from Dreamville. In addition to Creed III, Majors also recently starred in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Majors On “The Tamron Hall Show”