October 15, 2015


Drake Says He Was "Kicked Off" Degrassi, Wants to Resume Acting

Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Great day for all-star writers talking to all-star musicians. First we had Chuck Klosterman with Taylor Swift (sooo many revelations...), now we've got Lynn Hirschberg with Drake in W magazine.

First bomb dropped in this one, right at the top: Drake says he was "kicked off" Degrassi: The Next Generation—the show he joined at age 14—partially due to his burgeoning music career:

“Back then, I’d spend a full day on set and then go to the studio to make music until 4 or 5 a.m. I’d sleep in my dressing room and then be in front of the cameras again by 9 a.m. Eventually, they realized I was juggling two professions and told me I had to choose. I chose this life.”

But he's still about the other life! “I can’t wait to get back into acting,” Drake says. “No one ever asks me to do movies, and, although music is my focal point now, I’d love to do a film. That was the life that I lived before, and it would be interesting to live it again.” (He was in Anchorman 2, though, with a spicy little cameo in the first moment of the film.)

The rest of the W mag interview has talk about art, about Toronto ("I plan to spend the rest of my life there") and about shower habits. "I don’t really sing," he says, "but I do practice answers to questions in the shower. I talk to myself. I use my shower time to figure out how to respond to the world."

What KIND of questions, Aub?

"I ask myself, 'Why does Adele’s album go diamond, and how do I do that? How do I create art that makes minds stretch further?' I want to give many, many people many, many moments before I’m gone. That’s truly the art of what I do. It’s the only goal."

Figure it out with Views from the 6, man! And in case you missed it, Drizzy is VERY excited about the possibility of "Hotline Bling" hitting No. 1 on next week's Hot 100 chart.