The 31-year-old rapper/musician and former teen actor has come a long way since his “Degrassi” days as Jimmy Brooks. Four studio albums, five mixtapes (one collaboratively released with Atlanta-born rapper Future) and three Grammys later, Drake is planning to go back to his TV roots as the Canadian superstar plans to shift his focus onto new projects with Netflix and Apple, primarily as an executive producer.
In a recent interview for The Hollywood Reporter, Drake opened up about his upcoming projects, almost working with Harvey Weinstein, and what he has in store for his future wife.
Here are the 8 things we learned about Drake in The Hollywood Reporter:
1) Drake will be producing some new films and other projects.
Drake and his manager/business partner Adel “Future” Nur are producing their first movie "The Carter Effect" based on American basketball player, Vince Carter and his career in Toronto. Drake is also teaming up with Netflix to revive a British crime series called "Top Boy." “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,” explains Drake.
2) Drake lives for the night.
In the Hollywood interview, Drake says his music “wheels just start spinning faster than most peoples” after midnight. He also mentions that he prefers a quiet atmosphere when he’s working. “I don’t like a lot of people around when there’s a task at hand.“
3) Drake loves Harry Potter.
Drake is a fan of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series and has been looking for a first edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” While there is one available for purchase on eBay, he may or may not drop around $160,000 to get it. “Yeah, I read them all. (widely smiling) I should get it. My birthday’s coming up. Maybe I’ll buy it for myself as a treat.”
4) Drake turned down Harvey Weinstein.
American film producer Harvey Weinstein, the man who currently has over 80 allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape against him, once wanted Drake to star in a film called “The Heist,” but Drake turned him down. Drake made his decision when some people in the industry gave Drake and his manager some bad feedback about Weinstein. Nur (Drake’s manager and business partner) chimed in the interview and said, “I vetted him with five people and got bad feedback about working with him.”
5) Drake believes in Judaism.
Drake says that he identifies “as Jewish” in the sense that “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.”
6) Drakin’ for a Birkin?
In the past year, Drake has been publicly linked to celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Hailey Baldwin and Bella Hadid. While he’s had his fair share of fun, the Toronto native strives to one day find “the one.” There’s one thing that was revealed during the Hollywood interview that could be considered out of the ordinary. Drake collects Hermès Birkin bags. While he doesn’t collect them for himself, Drake confesses that he’s been collecting the Birkin bags for years as a “gift for the woman I end up with.” If you like Birkins, Drake’s your guy.
7) Drake is taking a break from music.
Drake already is one of the best-selling artists of all time. According to Billboard, his most recent album, “More Life,” set the record for most first-day streams with 90 million globally. His 2016 collection, “Views,” held the number one spot on the Billboard 200 for 10 consecutive weeks and notched more than 500 million overall streams.
"I’m sure I’ll stop [making music] one day,” says Drake of rapping. “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.”
8) Drake the Superhero?
Movie studios in the past have offered Drake everything from rebooting the “Barbershop” series to being a sidekick for superheroes. Although he has been dedicated in the music zone for the past decade, Drake still receives a script a week to relaunch his acting career. So far, he has turned everything down. “We’re not looking to drop him into some ‘Battleship,’” says Nur, a referencing to Drake’s former girlfriend Rihanna and her attempt at the big screen.
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The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen 2017: The Drive of Drake is out now.