Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who stars on the new hit HBO series Watchmen, has a lot to be proud of these days. In addition to his impressive resume (stacked with one hit role behind the other), he’s also the object of Twitter’s latest obsession. But he never rests on just his accomplishments. The actor has steadily been putting in work since bursting onto the scene as Cadillac in the Netflix series The Get Down.

Now, he’s flexing his skills with a more complicated and multifaceted role. But how much do you know about him? Well, thanks to his recent appearance on ESSENCE’s Yes, Girl podcast, we’ve learned a lot about the chiseled thespian and what keeps him focused. At just 33 years old, Mateen has a rich life story and wisdom beyond his years.

The educated and handsome Mateen is laser-focused on his career, but doesn’t forget to have fun along the way. He dropped some gems about his personal life that you may be surprised to know. Here’s what we found out: