- Is the son of former Olympic wrestler Derek James, and followed in his father's footsteps by joining the wrestling team in high school.
- Began acting at age 10, when his mother's casting-agent friend started getting him some work as an extra and a body double.
- Described himself as being similar to his character Jack on The Killing.
- Received the 2013 Young Hollywood Award for Male Breakthrough Performance for his role as Duncan in The Way, Way Back.
- Has one blue eye and one green eye.