Hip-Hop superstar Drake fronts the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter!
Check out excerpts from 31-year-old entertainer shared with the mag about his push into Hollywood with new projects with Netflix and Apple and more!
On his religion and identity: “I identify as Jewish. I am a person who, you know, I talk to God. I just try to live a very good life, to be a good person. I’m not necessarily extremely religious, but my mom and I always do the high holidays together.”
On his relationship with his mother Sandi Graham: “My mother is an incredible woman. She never necessarily implemented anything. She’s always just told me, ‘You know, whatever you want to do, whatever you end up being, I’ll always love you. I’ll always support you.'”
On working on”Degrassi: The Next Generation” : “Obviously, everything’s for a reason. I met this kid whose dad was an agent. I got the audition for Degrassi. And I started going to a school for kids with outside commitments [in the arts and sports]. I met a lot of people from a different [more economically diverse] side of the city. My friends changed at that point, and I started coming into my own and finding myself.”
On making music in the future: “I’m sure I’ll stop [making music] one day. When it starts to feel like I’m making it up. Hopefully I’ll catch it before I ever get there, right? But right now it feels like we just started, so I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. But I do plan on expanding — to take six months or a year to myself and do some great films. Music’s always there.”
On his obsession with Netflix’s “Ozark”: “My taste in television or movies is always kind of similar to my approach to music, which is, I like when people really hit the nail on the head with real human emotions So with Ozark, it’s just the family dynamic. The arguments. The love. The struggles. I really relate to how accurate it is.”
On his approach to acting: “Being a young black guy, I think there’s definitely the chance to get typecast. But I also have been pretty adamant about showing range. I try to show it through different outlets, like Saturday Night Live, showing people that I can be funny,. When I get back into acting, I want to do things that make people go, ‘Wow, I didn’t expect that.’ Like, it’s nice to hear you say, ‘You know, I didn’t expect you to like those things.'”
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